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Chris Foster
Head Coach

2016-17, Chris Foster's third season at the helm and fourth as part of the Bulldog family, was just another chapter in the ascension of Truman State University men's basketball since Foster took over prior to the 2014-15 campaign. Foster led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years and the recipe for success was no different than it has been in years past. When all was said and done and a DII champ had been crowned, Truman was first in the nation out of 302 teams in three-point field goal percentage at 42.9 percent. Not only was that the best mark in the country, but set a new record for the program and knocked off the old record (41.7 percent), which had stood for 29 years.

That's not the only thing that the 2016-17 squad is among the best in program history to do as it ranks first in points, first in points per game, first in field goal percentage, first in three-pointers made, first in three-pointers attempted, first in free throw percentage, second in field goals made, fourth in free throws made, fourth in scoring margin, tied for fourth in assists, fifth in field goals attempted, sixth in steals, seventh in blocks, eighth in free throws attempted, 10th in steals per game, and tied for 10th in rebounding defense.

The 2016-17 Bulldogs finished with 22 wins, which are the fourth-most in program history and mark the fourth-straight 20-win season, three of which belong to Foster. In fact, Foster owns three of the nine seasons in school history in which a team has reached the 20-win plateau.

Foster-coached squads continue to score at a prolific rate. In the 20 seasons prior to him taking over the program (1994-2014), the Bulldogs scored 90 points in a game just 35 times. Putting that in perspective, it's now happened 33 times out of 92 games (36 percent) in the three seasons with Foster leading the way.

The 2016-17 team defeated two ranked teams including No. 9 Bellarmine in Pershing Arena on Jan. 13 (77-72) and No. 12 Southern Indiana in the GLVC Tournament quarterfinals on March 2 (69-68). That Knights squad (32-4) won 19 in a row after falling to Truman and made it all the way to the NCAA Division II national semifinals before losing to Fairmont State, 79-68. Meanwhile, the Screaming Eagles finished with a record of 25-5.

In 2015-16, Foster led the Bulldogs to their third-consecutive 20-win campaign as they went 21-9 overall and 12-6 in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play. Those 21 overall wins were the most for Truman since 1998-99 (26-7). The season ended in the quarterfinal round of the GLVC tournament with a 77-62 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin-Parkside.

In his first year as the program’s head coach, Foster led the Bulldogs to a 20-10 record, which culminated with a trip to the GLVC tournament quarterfinals. He is the 12th coach in program history, having spent one season as the associate head coach under Matt Woodley, who resigned in August 2014 to accept a position in the NBA Developmental League.

Prior to Truman, Foster served as the men's basketball video coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa. He rejoined the UNI staff in December 2011 following time as a varsity head coach and instructor at both North County High School and Jefferson High School in the St. Louis area.

He was a four-year standout for UNI as an undergraduate, helping lead the Panthers to the 2003 and 2004 NCAA tournament, while also ranking amongst the program's top 10 all time in games played, assists and three-pointers. He scored 1,027 career points and was a member of the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference all-Freshman team before graduating in 2005.

Foster then served three different roles in three seasons for the Panther coaching staff, beginning as a graduate manager in 2005. He was then named the program's director of basketball operations in 2006 before moving into a full-time assistant coaching position for the 2007-08 season.

Foster and his wife, Kylie, have three children – a son, Jase, and two daughters, Avery and Riley.


Mike Annese
Assistant Coach

2016-17 marked the second season as an assistant coach for Mike Annese (uh-KNEE-see) since he rejoined the Truman men's basketball coaching staff prior to the 2015-16 season. Prior to that, he spent one season as an assistant coach at Minnesota-Crookston in 2014-15. He served as an assistant under former men's basketball head coach Matt Woodley in 2013-14 following two seasons at Iowa Lakes CC.

In 2016-17, Annese helped lead Truman State University men's basketball to one of the most successful seasons in program history. The Bulldogs appeared in the Division II NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years before falling to No. 14 Ferris State in the Midwest Regional quarterfinals by a score of 86-78. In the school's single-season record book, that squad finished first in three-point field goal percentage, first in points, first in points per game, first in field goal percentage, first in three-pointers made, first in three-pointers attempted, first in free throw percentage, second in field goals made, fourth in free throws made, fourth in scoring margin, tied for fourth in assists, fifth in field goals attempted, sixth in steals, seventh in blocks, eighth in free throws attempted, 10th in steals per game, and tied for 10th in rebounding defense.

Prior to his two seasons as a graduate assistant at Iowa Lakes CC, he played collegiately at Colorado State University for three seasons under head coach Tim Miles.

A native of Littleton, Colo., Annese received his Master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University in 2011 after earning his Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2010 from CSU.

In his three seasons as a Ram, Annese appeared in a total of 26 games, 20 of which came during his redshirt-senior season in 2009-10. Prior to transferring to Colorado State, he played for two seasons at Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison, Colo. and was the starting point guard for the Mountaineers during the 2005-06 campaign.


Grant Peterson
Assistant Coach

Grant Peterson finished his first season as an assistant coach with the Truman men’s basketball team in 2016-17.

In 2016-17, Peterson helped lead Truman State University men's basketball to one of the most successful seasons in program history. The Bulldogs appeared in the Division II NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years before falling to No. 14 Ferris State in the Midwest Regional quarterfinals by a score of 86-78.

In the school's single-season record book, that squad ranks first in three-point field goal percentage, first in points, first in points per game, first in field goal percentage, first in three-pointers made, first in three-pointers attempted, first in free throw percentage, second in field goals made, fourth in free throws made, fourth in scoring margin, tied for fourth in assists, fifth in field goals attempted, sixth in steals, seventh in blocks, eighth in free throws attempted, 10th in steals per game, and tied for 10th in rebounding defense.

The Clear Lake, Iowa native came to Kirksville from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. where he spent 2015-16 as a graduate assistant for the Eagles. Prior to that, he was at the University of Northern Iowa and served under Ben Jacobson as the head student manager and a graduate assistant in 2014-15. During his tenure with the Panthers, he oversaw and managed many areas within the basketball program.