Former Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster has announced his retirement after a four-decade career in which he won more than 900 games.
Foster, 69, coached the Buckeyes from 2002-13, finishing first in the Big Ten on six occasions and winning four conference tournament championships. His OSU teams won 279 games and lost 82.
He coached the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of his 11 seasons, three times advancing to the Sweet 16. Foster is the only women’s basketball coach to earn NCAA Tournament bids with four different schools.
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After being let go by Ohio State after the 2013 season, Foster became coach at Chattanooga, coaching the Mocs to the NCAA Tournament four years in a row. He went 120-40 in five seasons there.
The school said in a statement Tuesday that Foster wanted to spend more time with his family.
Foster retires with a 903-347 career record. He went 248-126 in 13 seasons at St. Joseph’s and 256-99 in 11 seasons at Vanderbilt before taking over at Ohio State.
The only other women’s coaches with at least 900 wins are former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer of Stanford, Geno Auriemma of Connecticut, Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina, Barbara Stevens of Bentley, C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers and former Texas coach Jody Conradt.
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