Fresh off two straight appearances in the NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament, Mike Annese joined the University of Mary men's basketball team as an assistant coach prior to the 2018-19 season.
Annese, who spent three seasons (2015-18) as the assistant coach at Truman State University before joining the Marauders, first connected with UMary head coach Joe Kittell in 2009-10 when the Annese was a senior at NCAA Division I Colorado State University and Kittell was the video coordinator under UMary alumnus Tim Miles, then the CSU head coach and now head coach at the University of Nebraska.
“I’m very excited to reconnect with Mike and add him to our staff at the University of Mary,” said Kittell. “He played at the highest level under the same guy who helped me get my start in the business. For the last seven years he has gotten some great experience as an assistant coach, including three straight 20-win season and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances at Truman State.”
“Mike Annese was a huge part of our success the last two years at Truman,” said Chris Foster, former head coach at Truman State and currently head coach at McKendree University. “He has a great presence on the court and did a great job helping develop our players, which resulted in having three First Team All-GLVC players last season. Mike is a tireless worker and a man of extremely high character. Coach Kittell and the University of Mary made a great hire with Mike.”
“Having had the pleasure to coach Mike Annese at Colorado State, I found to be a basketball junkie,” said Miles. “His love for the game always showed. Mike loves teaching and playing the game, and he relates well to a variety of people. I think he is a great get for Coach Kittell and the Marauders program.”
"I am very excited to be a part of the basketball program at the University of Mary and am definitely looking forward to working with Coach Kittell,” said Annese. “We have known each other all the way back to my playing days at CSU when he was the Video Coordinator. Joe has great knowledge of the game and relates extremely well with the players. There is a lot to be excited about for the future of Marauder basketball. I am honored to be a part of the University of Mary family and can’t wait to start working with our players to help them grow on and off the court."
As an assistant coach at Truman State for three seasons (2015-18), Annese helped guide the Bulldogs to three straight 20-win seasons and consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II national tournament. In 2017-18 Truman State won 20 games for a fifth straight season and was 20-11 overall, tied the school record with 13 conference wins, reached the Great Lake Valley Conference championship game for the first time and had three all-conference selections for the first time in 62 years.
Annese helped guide the Bulldogs to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 11 seasons in 2016-17 as the squad set several school records, including points, points per game, three-point shooting percentage, field goal shooting percentage, three-pointers per game and free throw percentage and finished 22-10.
In his first season at Truman State in 2015-16 the Bulldogs were 21-9.
Annese began his collegiate coaching as an assistant coach at Iowa Lakes Community College from 2011-13. He made his first stop at Truman State as the assistant coach for Matt Woodley in 2013-14 before spending a season in the Northern Sun at the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2014-15.
Prior to his two seasons as a graduate assistant at Iowa Lakes CC, he played collegiately at Colorado State University for three seasons for Miles. 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, CO, and was the starting point guard for the Mountaineers during the 2005-06 campaign.
A native of Littleton, CO, 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.
Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
A former student manager at NCAA Division I Oklahoma State University, Montel Vidot joined the University of Mary as a men's basketball graduate assistant coach in 2018. The native of Altus, Oklahoma, was a member of the coaching staff of the Big XII conference member Cowboys, who finished the 2017-18 season 21-15 overall and made the third round of the NIT.
“I’m very happy with the hiring of Montel Vidot to our men’s basketball staff,” said Kittell. “Montel comes to us from one of the top basketball programs in all of NCAA Division I. His experience around such a high level will bring a standard to our program that we value. He brings to our program very impressive skills and talents that we look forward implementing into UMary Basketball.”
"Montel is a bright and hard-working young coach who has great passion for his job,” said Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton. “He was a tremendous asset to us. I know success will continue to follow him."
As a student manager for Oklahoma State, Vidot helped execute and manage game day operations and also assisted the video coordinator with filing information for opponents. He also assisted the coaching staff in daily and weekly operations and filmed practices, including working with players like Jeffrey Carroll, a 3rd team All-Big XII performer, before and after practice.
A varsity basketball player at Altus High School, Vidot graduated from Oklahoma State University this spring with a degree in Sports Media with an emphasis in Sports Production.
“I am grateful for the opportunity UMary basketball has given me,” said Vidol. “The coaches at Oklahoma State taught me a lot, and my goal is to take that knowledge to North Dakota. Coach Kittell is a great man and I am looking forward to helping him and making this team better.”
Student Assistant Coach
Justin McCloud returns for his second season with the University of Mary men’s basketball program. In just first season with the Marauders he helped the team with individual workouts, game planning, scouting opponents, and recruiting. The Marauders finished 12-17 and finished tied for the 8th place in the NSIC standings.
After a successful playing career at both the NCAA Division I and NJCAA levels of college basketball, Justin McCloud returned to his home state to begin his collegiate coaching career at the University of Mary as the undergraduate assistant men's college basketball coach at the University of Mary in the 2016-17 season.
A native of Bottineau, North Dakota, McCloud began his college career at Bismarck State College before concluding his playing career at NCAA Division I Illinois State University. A three-sport athlete at Bottineau High School, where he averaged over 24 points a game as a senior in 2011-12, McCloud scored 16.4 PPG as a freshman for the Mystics. He became one of the nation’s leading scorers as a sophomore at BSC, finishing 28th nationally in points per game (20.1) and 26th in 3-point field goal percentage (45.6) in 2014. A key reserve the past two years for the Redbirds, he played in 30 games and averaged 3.1 ppg his junior season in 2014-15 and scored 4.0 ppg as a senior in 2015-16, playing in all 32 games for ISU. After the season he was presented with the Torrey Ward Teammate Award and the Student-Athlete Award. Pursuing a degree in business teacher education, McCloud was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete second team in 2016 after earning National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court recognition in 2015.
Student Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
Appeared in all 27 games, making 6 starts… Averaged 14.7 minutes per game… Recorded 93 points, 60 rebounds, 24 assists, and 11 steals… Scored a career high 13 points against Bemidji State on Feb. 16… Led the team for the third year in a row in field goal percentage at 62.5%.
Gorder once again was a key reserve for the Marauder team appearing in 28 games off of the bench… averaged 8.8 minutes per game… He totaled 38 points and 29 rebounds… Scored a season-high 8 points against Peru State on Dec. 7… Recorded a career high of 5 rebounds against Minot State on Nov. 11… For the second year in a row, led the team in FG% (60.0).
Gorder was a critical bench player for the Marauders appearing in 27 games… He averaged 9.3 minutes per game… He totaled 43 points and 36 rebounds on the year… Shot 61.5% from the floor which was a team best… Scored career high of 9 points against Oglala on Dec. 14 and Presentation Dec. 15…
Gorder appeared in 12 games, making 1 start… Averaged 6.0 minutes per game … Recorded a career high 3 rebounds against St. Katherine on Nov. 21…
PRIOR TO U-MARY
Team captain and two-year starter Michael Gorder of Eagan (Minn.) High School is a native of Eagan and earned Minnesota All-State honorable mention honors as a senior in 2014 while leading the Wildcats in scoring at 18.5 points per game. A 1,000 point scorer in his career, his efforts also earned him 1st team South Suburban All-Conference recognition.
As a junior, Gorder averaged 21.5 points per game and scored a school-record 39 points against Lakeville South High School and was named 1st South Suburban All-Conference. Gorder also has earned Academic All State honors and was selected to participate in 2014 MBCA All Star Series.
Michael is the son of John and Michele Gorder and plans to major in business at U-Mary.
Today marks the beginning of the regular signing period for student-athletes enrolling in college in 2014-15 to commit to NCAA institutions for men's basketball.
Student Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
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