Former Vanderbilt women's basketball coach out at Ohio State

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 3:59pm

Jim Foster is no longer women's basketball coach at Ohio State University, the school announced Tuesday. It was unclear whether he was fired or resigned.

Foster went 279-82 in 11 seasons with the Buckeyes and leaves as the winningest coach in program history. His teams won a Big Ten record six consecutive regular season championships and made 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances.

Ohio State went 18-13 overall, 7-9 in the Big Ten and failed to make the NCAA tournament this season.

“Jim Foster has meant so much to so many over his career,” said Gene Smith, the school’s associate vice president and director of athletics. “His work in mentoring young people on and off the court has been exceptional. The Ohio State women’s basketball program was made better under Jim’s leadership over the last 11 years.

“He and (wife) Donna have been wonderful representatives of our university and we wish them the best.”

Before Ohio State, Foster spent 11 seasons (1991-2002) at Vanderbilt, where he went 256-99 with an appearance in the 1993 Final Four, four Elite Eight and three Sweet 16 trips.

Earlier this season Melanie Balcomb surpassed him as the program’s all-time winningest coach. The Commodores also earned their 14th consecutive NCAA tournament invitation.

Before Vanderbilt, Foster coached at St. Joseph’s. The veteran of 35 seasons has 783 career victories and is one of only two coaches — men’s or women’s — to win at least 200 games at three different schools.

“I have always had all the respect in the world for Jim’s basketball mind and commitment to the development of young women in his programs,” Miechelle Willis, Ohio State Executive Associate Athletics Director and SWA, said. “His contributions to women’s basketball have been recognized nationally throughout his career. I am really appreciative of the 11 years that Jim has devoted to The Ohio State University.”

Ohio State said it would conduct a national search for a replacement.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 3/19/13 at 2:32

If I read the article and failed to see the word "fired" in the first sentence, I would have assimed they were building a statue in his honor.

What was the real reason?

By: courier37027 on 3/19/13 at 3:44

I agree. Based on headline and first paragraph, the article changes tone and certianty rather quickly. Foster should be okay if and when he again coaches.