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This article is about the American football coach. For the basketball player and coach, see Harold E. "Bud" Foster
Bud Foster

Title Defensive coordinator
College Virginia Tech
Sport Football
Born July 28, 1959 (1959-07-28) (age 50)
Place of birth Somerset, KY
Career highlights
Championships
3 Big East Conference
(1995, 1996, 1999)
3 ACC Championships
(2004,2007, 2008)
Awards
2006 Frank Broyles Award
2000 AFCA defensive coordinator of the year
Playing career
1977-1980 Murray State
Position SS / LB
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981-1982
1983-1986
1987-1994
1995-present
Murray State (GA)
Murray State (LB/ST)
Virginia Tech (LB/ST)
Virginia Tech (DC)

Bud Foster (born July 28, 1959 in Somerset, Kentucky) is a college football assistant coach. He went to high school in Nokomis, Illinois. He is the current defensive coordinator for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team. Following the 2006 season, he received the Frank Broyles Award, which is annually given to the top assistant coach in college football.[1] Foster indicated interest in the head coaching vacancy at West Virginia University after the 2007 season and most recently in the head coaching position at Clemson University in the middle of the 2008 season.

Foster's 2005 and 2006 Hokie defenses led the nation in total defense.

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Playing Years

A 1981 graduate of Murray State University, Foster played strong safety and outside linebacker from 1977 to 1980.

Coaching at Murray State

Foster began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Murray State in 1981, Frank Beamer's first season as the head coach. After two years as a graduate assistant, Foster was elevated to a full-time staff position. He coached outside linebackers for three seasons before taking over the inside and outside linebackers in 1986. He also served as the Racers' recruiting coordinator and worked with special teams.

Virginia Tech

Foster moved with head coach Beamer to Virginia Tech in 1987 and became the inside linebackers coach. He then coached the outside linebackers for the next five seasons. Foster assumed responsibility for both sets of linebackers prior to the 1993 season and also took over special-teams coaching that year. The following year, he coached the inside linebackers and special teams. Foster assumed the position of co-defensive coordinator in 1995 and took over as the sole defensive coordinator in 1996.

After helping Tech to the national championship game (Sugar Bowl) in 1999, Foster was recognized as the 2000 American Football Coaches Association Defensive Coordinator of the Year.[2] Tech's 1999 defensive unit led Division I-A in scoring defense and ranked third in both total and rushing defense.

Under Foster's coaching, the Hokies' 2001 defense proved to be one of the nation's best, ranking among the top eight teams in Division I-A in six different categories and leading the way in shutouts with four. In 2000, Foster took a defense that returned just three starters and turned it into a unit that led the Big East Conference in rushing defense, placed 16th nationally against the run and tied for third nationally in interceptions.

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Statistics

Foster's defenses consistently rank among the top in the nation. Below are Virginia Tech's defensive statistics since 1999.

Season Rushing defense Passing defense Total defense ‡ Scoring defense
  Actual †Ranking (Conf) Actual †Ranking (Conf) Actual †Ranking (Conf) Actual †Ranking (Conf)
1999[3] 75.9 #2 (#1 BE) (unavailable) 247.3 #3 (#1 BE) 10.5 #1 (#1 BE)
2000[4] 99.27 #16 (#1 BE) 224.36 #77 (#6 BE) 323.64 #27 (#2 BE) 22.64 #45 (#4 BE)
2001[5] 71.64 #2 (#1 BE) 166.27 #8 (#4 BE) 237.91 #2 (#2 BE) 13.36 #2 (#2 BE)
2002[6] 121.43 #29 (#3 BE) 213.64 #56 (#7 BE) 335.07 #32 (#4 BE) 18.79 #21 (#2 BE)
2003[7] 136.00 #39 (#4 BE) 231.46 #76 (#7 BE) 367.46 #51 (#4 BE) 23.00 #45 (#3 BE)
2004[8] 115.23 #21 (#4 ACC) 152.77 #4 (#2 ACC) 268.00 #4 (#2 ACC) 12.85 #2 (#1 ACC)
2005[9] 93.38 #8 (#2 ACC) 154.23 #3 (#2 ACC) 247.62 #1 (#1 ACC) 12.92 #2 (#1 ACC)
2006[10] 91.23 #11 (#2 ACC) 128.23 #1 (#1 ACC) 219.46 #1 (#1 ACC) 11.00 #1 (#1 ACC)
2007[11] 86.64 #5 (#2 ACC) 210.29 #31 (#4 ACC) 296.93 #4 (#1 ACC) 16.07 #3 (#1 ACC)
*2008[12] 112.17 #19 (#2 ACC) 162.33 #6 (#1 ACC) 274.50 #6 (#1 ACC) 17.92 #16 (#3 ACC)
*2008 statistics as of November 30, 2008. All statistics from the NCAA.

† National rankings are among the teams in the football bowl subdivision (formerly called Division I-A), which currently consists of 119 teams.
The Big East Conference has 8 teams. The ACC had 11 teams in 2004 and has had 12 teams in all subsequent years.

‡ Scoring defense also includes touchdowns allowed by the offense and special teams.

Personal

He is married to Jacquie Porter Foster and has three children: Ammie, Grant and Hillary. He also has a granddaughter, Jaiden. He spends his off days at the family's lakefront house on Claytor Lake.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Foster honored as top assistant coach". press release. Virginia Tech Athletic Department. http://hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20070116aaa.html.  
  2. ^ Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. "National Publication Honors Bud Foster", Hokiesports.com. June 1, 2000. Accessed September 30, 2008.
  3. ^ NCAA. "1999 National Team Statistics". http://www.ncaa.org/stats/football/IA/1999/team.txt. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  
  4. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2000 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2000/Internet/ranking_summary/2000000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  
  5. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2001 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2001/Internet/ranking_summary/2001000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  
  6. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2002 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2002/Internet/ranking_summary/2002000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  7. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2003 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2003/Internet/ranking_summary/2003000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  8. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2004 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2004/Internet/ranking_summary/2004000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  9. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2005 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2005/Internet/ranking_summary/2005000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  10. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2006 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2006/Internet/ranking_summary/2006000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  11. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2007 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2007/Internet/ranking_summary/2007000000742.HTML. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  12. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2008 National Ranking Summary". http://web1.ncaa.org/football/exec/rankingSummary?year=2008&org=742. Retrieved 2008-11-30.  
  13. ^ Prisbell, Eric (October 15, 2008;). "VT's Foster Would 'Jump Through Hoops' for Clemson Job". Washington Post. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2008/10/vts_foster_would_jump_through.html. Retrieved 2008-10-16.  

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Preceded by
Greg Davis
Broyles Award for Assistant Coach of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Jim Heacock

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