Bud Foster

Bud Foster (1906-1996)

Teams coached: Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin record: 265-267 (.498)
Overall record: 265-267 (.498)

Career Accomplishments:


  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1964)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1934-1959 Wisconsin
1933-1934 Wisconsin (freshmen)

Bud Foster Facts

  • Harold E. Foster
  • Born May 30, 1906
  • Died June 16, 1996
  • Hometown: Newton, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin (BA, 1930)
  • Growing up in Kansas and Mason City, Iowa, Foster was two-time All-Big Ten at Wisconsin under head coach Doc Meanwell
    • After graduating, Foster played professionally with the Oshkosh All-Stars (alongside fellow Hall-of-Famer Branch McCracken)
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1933 to be the Badgers’ freshman coach; became the varsity head coach a year later
    • Would coach the Badgers for 25 seasons, winning 265 games during that stretch
    • Claimed three Big Ten titles and reached two NCAA Tournaments; led Wisconsin to their first and only NCAA title in 1941
    • Retired in 1959 with the most wins in program history, a mark that would later be passed by Bo Ryan
  • After his coaching career, Foster was the President of the NABC and served on the Basketball Rules Committee
    • Foster also worked in broadcasting, teaming with Ted Moore to call Badgers games
  • Inducted into the Naismith HOF in 1964 and the inaugural 2006 class of the College Basketball HOF
    • Also a member of the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame; known around the program as “Mr. Wisconsin”

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