Bill C. Foster

Bill C. Foster (1936-2015)

Teams coached: Shorter Hawks, Charlotte 49ers, Clemson Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Tech Hokies
Shorter record^: 110-31 (.780)
Charlotte record: 88-38 (.698)
Clemson record: 156-106 (.595)
Miami record: 78-71 (.523)
Virginia Tech record: 101-78 (.564)
Overall record^: 533-324 (.622)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1980, 1996)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  (1980)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1995)
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1979, 1981, 1982, 1995)
  • Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion(1996)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1991-1997 Virginia Tech
1985-1990 Miami (FL)
1975-1984 Clemson
1970-1975 Charlotte
1967-1970 The Citadel (asst)
1962-1967 Shorter

Bill C. Foster Facts

  • William Carey Foster
  • Born April 1, 1936
  • Died May 27, 2015
  • Hometown: Palatka, Florida / Hemingway, South Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Carson-Newman College (BA, 1958) / University of Tennessee (MA, 1959)
  • Played at both Wingate (NC) and Carson-Newman (TN), graduating from the latter in 1958
  • First coaching job was at Marion HS (SC), where he led the boys’ basketball team from 1959-62
  • Spent five years as the head coach at D-II Shorter University in Rome, GA, compiling an overall record of 110-31
  • Was an assistant under Dick Campbell at the Citadel for three seasons, his only stint as an assistant coach
  • Hired at UNC Charlotte in 1970, as the program was transitioning from the NAIA to the NCAA Division I level
    • Went 88-38 in five seasons at Charlotte, including a 45-7 mark over his last two years there
  • Moved on to Clemson in 1975, where he coached for the next nine seasons
    • Compiled a 156-106 record overall, with three 20+ win seasons and three NIT appearances
    • Led the Tigers to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1980, still the only such appearance for the program
  • Left the school in 1984 to take on the challenge of rebuilding the program at Miami (FL)
    • The Hurricanes had not played a men’s basketball game since 1971 when Foster arrived
    • Program started back up in 1985, winning their first game and going 14-14 on the season
    • Foster was 78-71 in five seasons (six years) at the helm, literally relaunching basketball at Miami
  • Finished his coaching career at Virginia Tech, going 101-78 in six seasons as the Hokies’ head coach
    • Led Va Tech to a NIT Championship crown in 1995 and into the NCAA Tournament a year later
    • Retired from coaching in 1997, a decision that he announced before the 1996-97 season began
  • Died in 2015 due to Parkinson’s disease; survived by his second wife, Linda, and their two daughters

Bill C. Foster Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels