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Foster Aiming for Win No. 800 Saturday

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster led Chattanooga to its 16th victory with a win over Furman on Monday, Jan. 20 and is now just one win shy of reaching his 800th career victory.

Foster’s career started in 1978 at St. Joseph’s where he won 248 games. In his final season at Vanderbilt, he joined the 500 club and led the Commodores to 256 wins. With 279 wins at Ohio State, Foster became just the second coach in NCAA history, men or women, to lead three different teams to more than 200 victories at any level. He’s the only one to do it at three NCAA Division I level schools.

After being named the fifth head coach in Chattanooga women’s basketball history last May, Foster was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June.

Since his coaching career began in 1978, he has led three teams to 27 postseason appearances including 26 NCAA Tournaments. He led the 1993 Vanderbilt team to the NCAA Final Four. The Commodores advanced to the Elite Eight four times (1992, 1996, 2001, 2002) and the Sweet 16 three times (1994, 1995, 1997) while Ohio State reached the Sweet 16 in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Foster’s first opportunity to pick up win No. 800 will be this Saturday, January 25. The women’s team hosts Samford University in a 4 p.m. matchup at the McKenzie Arena in the first game of a doubleheader. The Mocs will host UNCG in the nightcap. The Bulldogs are 5-14 oveall and 3-5 in league play.

Chattanooga, winners of 12 straight games, currently owns the nation’s longest home court wining streak in Division I at 34 games.  The Mocs have also won 24 consecutive Southern Conference regular season contests.

UTC is 16-3 overall and 8-0 in league play. Chattanooga’s last regular season home loss was against Appalachian State on Feb. 14, 2011.  Its last loss at McKenzie came in overtime against Samford in the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament semifinals.

Come be a part of history and cheer on Coach Foster and the Lady Mocs Saturday. Only 10 other coaches in NCAA history, at any level, have reached 800 wins.

Tickets for the game are available at the McKenzie Arena box office by calling 423.266.6627 (MOCS) or log onto the official website of Chattanooga Athletics at GoMocs.com.

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