Bill E. Foster

Bill E. Foster (1929-2016)

Teams coached: Bloomsburg State Huskies, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Utah Utes, Duke Blue Devils, South Carolina Gamecocks, Northwestern Wildcats
Bloomsburg State record^: 45-11 (.804)
Rutgers record: 120-75 (.615)
Utah record: 43-39 (.524)
Duke record: 113-64 (.638)
South Carolina record: 92-79 (.538)
Northwestern record: 54-141 (.277)
Overall record^: 467-409 (.533)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1978)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1978, 1980)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1978)
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1974)
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1967, 1969, 1974, 1983)
  • ACC Tournament Champion:  2  (1978, 1980)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1993 Northwestern
1980-1986 South Carolina
1974-1980 Duke
1971-1974 Utah
1963-1971 Rutgers
1960-1963 Bloomsburg State

Bill E. Foster Facts

  • William Edwin Foster
  • Born August 19, 1929
  • Died January 7, 2016
  • Hometown: Norwood, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Elizabethtown College (BS, 1954)
  • Served the U.S. Air Force after high school before enrolling at Elizabethtown College (PA)
  • Started coaching at the high school level in Philadelphia
  • Coached Division II Bloomsburg State for three seasons, compiling an overall record of 45-11
  • Spent eight seasons as the head coach at Rutgers, leading the Knights to two NIT appearances and winning 120 games
  • Moved on to Utah in 1971, finishing as the NIT Runner-up in 1974, his third and final year with the Utes
  • Started his successful tenure with Duke in 1974, leading the Blue Devils for six seasons
    • In each of his final three years at Duke, Foster’s teams reached the NCAA Tournament and in 1978 finished as Runner-up
  • Spent six seasons at South Carolina and seven at Northwestern, but failed to return to the NCAA Tournament at either stop
  • After coaching, was Assoc Commissioner and Director of Basketball Ops for the Southwest Conference until it folded in 1996
  • Operated a summer basketball camp in the Poconos with Harry Litwack for 25 years
    • Met Litwack early in his coaching career, as Litwack’s daughter was in Foster’s class at Abington Senior HS (PA)
  • Served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF from 1996 to 1998

Bill E. Foster Coaching Tree

 

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

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