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Jim Foster
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Temple
Graduating Year: 1980
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: 423-425-2648
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Jim Foster was named the fifth varsity women's basketball coach for the University of Tennessee at Chattanoga on May 9, 2013. Shortly after taking the job, Foster was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

He enters his 37th year as a collegiate head coach with an overall record of 812-311 (.723) overall record.

His experience consists of stops at Ohio State, Vanderbilt and St. Joseph's (Pa.) universities.  The Abington, Pa., native has guided his teams to 28 postseason appearances (27 NCAA tournaments).  He is just the second collegiate coach - men's or women's at any level - to win at least 200 games at three different schools.

Foster was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn.

In his first season with Chattanooga, Foster led the Mocs to a 29-4 overall record, an undefeated Southern Conference season and a 25-game win streak. For the third straight season, UTC went undefeated on its home court including wins over Alabama and Auburn.

He was named the Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA). Under his tutelage, Taylor Hall reached the 1,000-point plateau and 800 rebounds. She became the first player in Southern Conference history to be named the leauge Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She was also selected the SoCon Female Athlete of the Year and invited to the Seattle Storm Training Camp.

At Ohio State, he helped the Buckeyes qualify for a school-record 10 consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2003-12 and rank in the national Top 10 in five of his last the last eight seasons. A four-time Big Ten coach of the year (2005-07, '09), he led the Buckeyes to a record-setting six consecutive Big Ten regular season titles.  Foster's teams won four Big Ten tournaments and won at least 20 games in 10 of 11 seasons.

Foster mentored seven WNBA Draft picks and three All-Americans in Jantel Lavender (2009, '10, '11), Jessica Davenport (2005, '06, '07) and Samantha Prahalis (2012). In the process, the Buckeyes turned Value City Arena into one of the most intimidating venues for opposing teams with a remarkable 172-17 (.910) home record in 11 years.  This included three undefeated seasons and four others with just one loss.

At Vanderbilt, Foster compiled a 256-99 mark in 11 seasons (1991-2002) with an impressive .721 winning percentage.  That also included a 1993 Final Four appearance, four Elite Eight trips and three Sweet 16 finishes. During his tenure with the Commodores, 10 of his teams finished the season ranked in the Top 25.

Prior to Foster's arrival, Vanderbilt had yet to win more than half its conference games, but he quickly reversed that trend. Under his leadership, the Commodores captured three SEC postseason tournaments (1993, '95 and 2002) and made five trips (1993, '94, '95, 2001 and '02) to the SEC tournament championship game.

Prior to his Vanderbilt appointment, Foster spent 13 years at St. Joseph's (Pa.) University (1978-91).  There he recorded a 248-126 (.663) record and seven postseason appearances (six NCAA and one AIAW - Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women). During a span of six years (1985-90), the Hawks captured 1985, 1989 and 1990 first-place finishes in the Atlantic 10 Conference, six 20-win seasons and competed in the NCAA tournament every year. In 1985, Foster garnered NCAA coach of the year honors. His team was 25-5 that season, won the Atlantic 10 Conference title and made the NCAA tournament.

Points, steals and rebounds have little to do with Foster's most impressive record - the achievements of his players in the academic arena.  At Ohio State, Foster's 2002-03 team produced four OSU Scholar-Athletes and the number increased to six in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In each of his first two seasons, three Buckeyes were named to academic All-Big Ten squads. In 2004-05, that number increased to five league academic honorees and was counted off at four in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Student-athletes under Foster's leadership have earned numerous academic honors. Among the accolades are GTE CoSIDA Academic All-America, district and honorable mention Academic All-America, the SEC's prestigious Bud McWhorter Award and Vanderbilt's Academic Athlete of the Year honors.

At Vanderbilt, Foster coached 54 SEC academic honor roll players. Notably in 1992, Vanderbilt set a conference record with nine players named to the SEC academic honor roll and in 1993 the entire starting lineup from the Final Four team was named to the conference honor roll. Foster also coached one academic All-American and two district All-Americans while at St. Joseph's.

Foster has made his mark throughout the basketball community in roles other than coaching. Foster was selected to join the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee in September of 2003 for a four-year appointment.

In 1992, he became the first and only male to be elected president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, a group whose mission is to "promote women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport of women's basketball and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls."

Foster's contribution to the game of basketball can also be witnessed indirectly. More than 20 of Foster's former players are now coaches at every level of the game. Additionally, a number of his former assistants are now guiding their own programs, including Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw, Kansas State's Deb Patterson and St. Joseph's Cindy Griffin.

Besides basketball, Foster also has experience at the administration level. From Nov. 21, 1995 to Aug. 1, 1996 Foster was Vanderbilt's interim athletics director, during which time he oversaw 15 varsity sports and about 300 student-athletes. During his appointment, Vanderbilt went through the NCAA certification process and was ultimately granted certification in 1997.

Foster's influence and efforts reached beyond the Vanderbilt athletics department. In 1996, Foster was honored by the Vanderbilt Opportunity Development Center with an Affirmative Action award for his efforts to help diversify the Vanderbilt community and to elevate the lives of others in Nashville.

Foster has a long-standing relationship with USA Basketball, the national governing body in the United States. He earned a gold medal at the helm of the 2003 USA Basketball World He was also named the 2003 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year as selected by the USA Basketball Executive Committee.

Foster is currently the chair of the selection committee for the U19 National Team.  The World Championship Team trials are set for May 16-19 in preparation for the FIBA U19 World Championships in Klaipeda and Panevė×ys, Lithuania, on July 18-28.  Foster is serving on his fourth selection committee for USA Basketball. 

Prior to his appointment in the summer of 2003, Foster served as the head coach during the 1997 World University Games at Marsala, Sicily, Italy. The United States had not won gold in that particular event since 1991, but the Americans were undefeated (6-0) and averaged 93 points a game.

He also served as the head coach for both the USA Junior World Championship squad in 1993 and the Junior National Team in 1991. Foster was an assistant coach for gold-medal winning teams at the World Championship (1990), Goodwill Games (1990) and U.S. Olympic Festival (1987). He also was an assistant coach for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that captured the bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain.

Besides coaching contributions, Foster served on two selection committees for USA Basketball. From 1989-92, Foster was on the USA Basketball Games Committee, which selected players and staff for various teams, including the 1990 World Championship team, the 1992 Olympic team and staff and players for all collegiate-level teams. He also served on the USA Basketball Player Selection Committee from 1993-96.

Jim Foster Quick Facts:
Born: Oct. 16, 1948; Abington, Pa.Hometown: Cheltenham, Pa.
High School: Cardinal Dougherty (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Alma Mater: Temple, 1980
Married: To the former Donna Ries
Children: Two Sons - Christian, Andrew. Daughter-in-law, April, and grandsons, George and Oliver.

• 812 career wins – 11th coach to top the 800-win mark
• 11th all-time in NCAA history for career wins (active and non-active)
• Ninth all-time among active coaches for career wins
• Four-time member of selection committee for USA Basketball 

• 34th fastest to 600 career wins (600-252) reached in 28th season on Feb. 20, 2006
• 13th fastest to 700 career wins (700-273) reached in 32nd season on Dec. 31, 2009 
• 11th fastest to 800 career wins (800-310) reached in 36th season on Jan. 25, 2014

• First coach in NCAA history to take four different teams to the NCAA Tournament
• 28 Postseason appearances in 36 years – 27 NCAA Tournaments

• One Final Four (Vanderbilt, 1993)
• Four Elite Eights (Vanderbilt, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2002)
• Six Sweet Sixteens (Vanderbilt, 1994, 1995, 1997 – Ohio State, 2005, 2009, 2011)

• One of only two collegiate coaches - men’s or women’s at any level – to record 200 wins at three different schools.

• Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Coach of the  Year (2014)
• Four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2005-07, 09)

• 1993 United States Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year
• 1985 NCAA Coach of the Year honors (team was 25-5, won A10 title and made NCAA tournament)
• Three SEC Tournament titles (’93, ’95, ’02) – runner up (’94, ’01)

International Coaching Experience:
2003 Young Women's National Team - Head Coach, Gold Medal
1997 World University Games - Head Coach, Gold Medal
1993 Junior National Team - Head Coach
1992 Olympic Team - Assistant Coach, Bronze Medal
1991 Junior National Team - Head Coach
1990 World Championship Team - Assistant Coach, Gold Medal
1989 World Junior Championships - Assistant Coach
1987 Olympic Festival - Assistant Coach, Gold MedalWomen's 

OVERALL (35 years: 812-311 • .723)
ST. JOSEPH'S (13 years: 248-126 • .663)
  OVERALL CONFERENCE CONFERENCE POSTSEASON
YEAR W L W L    
1978-79 16 9 N/A N/A N/A AIAW FIRST ROUND
1979-80 11 15 3 1 Big 5*  
1980-81 14 11 2 2 Big 5  
1981-82 16 12 2 2 Big 5  
1982-83 15 13 3 1 Big 5  
1983-84 17 10 3•3 1•5 Big 5 • Atlantic 10  
1984-85 25 5 4•7 0•1 Big 5 • Atlantic 10 NCAA First Round
1985-86 22 7 2•12 1•4 Big 5 • Atlantic 10 NCAA Second Round
1986-87 23 9 3•14 1•4 Big 5 • Atlantic 10 NCAA Second Round
1987-88 24 8 3•16 1•2 Big 5 • Atlantic 10 NCAA Second Round
1988-89 23 8 2•16 2•2 Big 5 • Atlantic 10 NCAA Second Round
1989-90 24 7 4•16 0•2 Big 5 • Atlantic 10 NCAA First Round
1990-91 18 12 4•10 0•8 Big 5 • Atlantic 10  
VANDERBILT (11 years: 256-99 • .721)
1991-92 22 9 6 5 SEC NCAA Elite Eight
1992-93 30 3 9 2 SEC NCAA Final Four
1993-94 25 8 9 2 SEC NCAA Sweet 16
1994-95 28 7 8 3 SEC NCAA Sweet 16
1995-96 23 8 7 4 SEC NCAA Elite Eight
1996-97 20 11 6 6 SEC NCAA Sweet 16
1997-98 20 9 9 5 SEC NCAA First Round
1998-99 13 14 6 8 SEC  
1999-00 21 13 6 8 SEC NCAA Second Round
2000-01 24 10 8 6 SEC NCAA Elite Eight
2001-02 30 7 10 4 SEC NCAA Elite Eight
OHIO STATE (11 years: 279-82 • .772)
2002-03 22 10 10 6 Big Ten NCAA Second Round
2003-04 21 10 11 5 Big Ten NCAA Second Round
2004-05 30 5 14 2 Big Ten NCAA Sweet 16
2005-06 29 3 15 1 Big Ten NCAA Second Round
2006-07 28 4 15 1 Big Ten NCAA First Round
2007-08 22 9 13 5 Big Ten NCAA First Round
2008-09 29 6 15 3 Big Ten NCAA Sweet 16
2009-10 31 5 15 3 Big Ten NCAA Second Round
2010-11 24 10 10 6 Big Ten NCAA Sweet 16
2011-12 25 7 11 5 Big Ten NCAA First Round
2012-13 18 13 7 9 Big Ten  
CHATTANOOGA (1 year • 29-4 .879)
2013-14 29 4 18 0 Southern NCAA First Round 
updaed June 23,, 2014
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