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B.J. Foster
B.J. Foster has stepped down as the head coach of the Cal State San Marcos men's basketball team.
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CSUSM head coach steps down

SAN MARCOS — B.J. Foster has stepped down as the head coach of the Cal State San Marcos men’s basketball team and has agreed to accept the same position at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

“I would like to thank B.J. for his dedication to our men’s basketball program over the years,” CSUSM Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo said. “B.J. has helped elevate our men’s program in the classroom and on the court.”

Foster led CSUSM to its first CCAA Tournament title in 2021-22 and subsequently its first NCAA West Regional appearance as the region’s top seed. The Cougars climbed as high as No. 4 in the NABC Top 25 Coaches Poll and finished the season at No. 9 with an overall record 20-5.

Under Foster’s leadership, CSUSM returned to the NCAA West Regional in 2022-23 and saw the Cougars earn their first NCAA Tournament win. CSUSM tallied 20 wins for the second consecutive season while posting its best-ever finish to CCAA play as the Cougars placed second with a 17-5 conference record.

Foster was hired as CSUSM’s head coach in 2016 and has since become the program’s winningest head coach in terms of victories (99) and winning percentage (.586) since the team’s inception in 2011-12. Foster was originally hired as an assistant coach at CSUSM ahead of the 2013-14 season.

A national search for CSUSM’s next head coach will begin immediately.


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