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VOLLEYBALL

Ellie Kaat

Ellie Kaat
The senior outside hitter passed 1,000 career kills during the season and had the highest hitting percentage among players with at least 100 attacks at .237. Kaat was second in overall kills with 248 and points with 283. She led the team in kills per set with 2.64 and points per set at 3.01.

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SOCCER

Will Clayton

Will Clayton
The senior defender logged more than 1,000 minutes, despite having a cast on his arm during the second half of the season. Clayton scored his second career goal in the season finale against Rockhurst. He was also named the GLVC Sportsmanship Award winner for the Bulldogs.

 

 

 

 

FOOTBALL

Cody Schrader

Cody Schrader
The sophomore running back led the nation in rushing with 2,074 yards. He was named an American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American after averaging more than 172 yards per game. Schrader also led Division II – and finished second in all NCAA football – in touchdowns scored with 26.

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Hanna Hickey

Hanna Hickey
Hickey earned all-region honors as the Truman women’s soccer team posted their 28th straight season with a .500 record or above. The Bulldogs went 10-4-3 and 9-2-3 in conference play to finish third in the league. Hickey played every minute of the season at the center midfield position and was second on the team in scoring with four goals and four assists. She was a first-team All-GLVC selection.

 

 

 

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Thomas Cormier

Thomas Cormier
The senior wrapped up his cross country career as the top runner on the team most of the season. Cormier was the individual winner at the Illinois College Invitational in October and placed 25th at the GLVC Conference meet and 56th at the NCAA Midwest Regional. He ran in 27 career cross country meets at Truman and took home four individual race championships.

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Lily Ende

Lily Ende
The junior was Truman’s top female runner this fall. She was the individual champion at the Illinois College meet and was the top placing Bulldog at the GLVC Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional.

Basketball Makes Tournament Run

2021 Men’s Basketball NCAA Midwest Regional Champion

Truman men’s basketball had a magical run in the NCAA Tournament as they won the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship over Michigan Tech in a dramatic finish and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999.

After the 2020-21 season, the team took home a handful of GLVC awards. Cade McKnight was named GLVC Player of the Year and was joined by Turner Scott, the GLVC assist leader, on the GLVC first team. Dylan Peeters, who led the conference in rebounds, was named second-team All-GLVC. Masen Miller was named Freshman of the Year and to the GLVC All-Defensive team. McKnight continued to add hardware as he was one of 16 players named NABC All-American and was named Midwest Regional MVP after scoring 33 combined points in the wins over Ashland and Michigan Tech.

Jeff Horner was named GLVC Coach of the Year after leading the team to a regular season championship and 18-1 record.

The Bulldogs entered the 2021-22 season ranked sixth in the NABC poll, and after a 4-0 start moved up to second in the nation before dropping two straight – one to defending national champion Northwest Missouri State, and the second to undefeated and ranked Upper Iowa – both on the road. The Bulldogs rebounded with wins in their first two conference games, defeating Missouri-St. Louis in overtime on a half-court buzzer-beater by Miller, followed by a win over Maryville.

For those who cannot make it to Pershing Arena for home games, the team will be in the St. Louis area to take on Maryville, Jan. 15, and Missouri-St. Louis, Jan. 20. The Bulldogs play Lewis in the Chicago area, Feb. 3, and in Kansas City at Rockhurst, Feb. 26. 

The GLVC postseason tournament will run March 3-6 on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, again in the St. Louis metro region.

Football Earns Bowl Win

The Bulldogs had another remarkable football season and played 16 games during the 2021 calendar year. Truman went 3-1 during an abbreviated spring season in which the only loss came in the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship game to the University of Indianapolis.

In the traditional fall season, Truman roared out of the gates with four straight wins, including a 38-35 road win at Tiffin (Ohio) when the Bulldogs trailed 35-17 in the second half and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 26 seconds left after recovering an onside kick.

The team appeared in the national rankings following the win, but it was short-lived as Lindenwood came to Stokes Stadium and handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season, 31-21.

Truman bounced back with a win at Missouri S&T, 38-21, behind Cody Schrader’s 278 yards rushing. His total was the fifth highest single-game total in school history and was accomplished in only three quarters of work. As a sophomore, Schrader led the nation in rushing with 2,074 yards. The St. Louis native and product of Lutheran South High School was named an American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American after averaging more than 172 yards per game. He was also tops in Division II and second in all NCAA football in touchdowns scored with 26.

The Bulldogs were shocked 27-21 by Southwest Baptist the following week in Bolivar when SBU quarterback Cooper Callis threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Callis would later share the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year award with Schrader after being among the nation’s top passers.

The team took their frustrations out on their next three opponents – William Jewell, Quincy and McKendree – outscoring the trio 145-41 and improving to 8-2 on the season.

For senior day, Indianapolis was again across the field from the Bulldogs, and the two GLVC heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a defensive battle. Schrader ripped off a 76-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs an early lead, but UIndy made the game-winning field goal with 13 seconds remaining, and the Greyhounds left Stokes Stadium with a 13-10 win.

After the NCAA selected conference champion Lindenwood for the Division II tournament, and UIndy declined an invitation to a bowl game, Truman returned to the America’s Crossroads Bowl in Hobart, Indiana, to face Hilldale (Mich.) College for the second time in 2021.

Schrader and Ben Watson were both named the offensive and defensive players of the game respectively, and Truman captured the bowl championship, 34-17.

Head coach Gregg Nesbitt also notched some milestones during the year. He moved past H.L. McWilliams for second on the years of head coaching service list for the Bulldogs as he coached his 12th Truman season this past fall. Nesbitt also moved into second place in all-time wins at the school and sits at 71 following the 9-3 season. Nesbitt passed the legendary Don Faruot (’63) in wins and is 28 back of all-time leader Maurice “Red” Wade for the school record.

New Coach In Charge

David Gannon

Truman volleyball welcomed a new head coach for the first time since 2009 as David Gannon took over for Ben Briney. The former University of Idaho assistant became a head coach for the first time after previous stops at Idaho, Weber State and Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.

Gannon coached at MCC while still in school at Arizona State, then in 2014 took a position at Idaho as their director of volleyball operations. He became an assistant coach at Weber State in 2015, and while on staff there had nine players named all-conference in the Big Sky Conference. In the spring of 2019, Gannon returned to Idaho as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, where he coached five all-conference players; three in 2019 and two in the spring of 2021.

In his first season the Bulldogs had six victories, including two during the opening weekend at the Union University Tournament against Lane College and Florida Tech, and two during the Midwest Regional Crossover against Kentucky Wesleyan and Lake Superior State.

Bulldog Baseball Field Gets Makeover

This past fall, the Truman Baseball Field received a $400,000 makeover with the addition of new all-weather turf for the infield and bullpens.

Mammoth Sports Construction performed the work on the field and is the official turf provider of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The field work was completed in a little more than six weeks with the team taking to the field for some practices in mid-November.

The project is the latest in a series of Truman athletic facility upgrades since the establishment of the student athletic fee. Other projects have included the athletics weight room in the Pershing Building, new bleachers in Pershing Arena, resurfacing of the track and press  facilities at Stokes Stadium, irrigation systems at the soccer and softball fields and a bulkhead in the Pershing Natatorium.