Harold E. Foster

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Bud Foster
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1906-05-30)May 30, 1906
Newton, Kansas
Died June 16, 1996(1996-06-16) (aged 90)
Playing career
1926–1930 Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1959 Wisconsin
Head coaching record
Overall 265–267 (.498)
Tournaments NCAA: 4-1 (.800)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Champion (1941)
Big Ten Champion (1935, 1941, 1947)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1964 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Harold E. "Bud" Foster, (May 30, 1906 – July 16, 1996) was an American basketball player and coach. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Foster prepped at Mason City, Iowa and went on to play at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1926 to 1930. While a player at Wisconsin, he was voted twice All Big Ten Conference and helped lead Wisconsin to a 43-8 three year record.[1] He was born in Newton, Kansas.

After college, Foster played professionally with the Oshkosh All-Stars. He teamed up with fellow Big Ten star (and also a future Hall of Famer) Branch McCracken to lead the All-Stars to a 30-23 victory over the Chicago Majestic and the Midwest professional championship. He went on to play with pro teams in Milwaukee and Chicago.

After his playing career, Foster was named freshman coach of basketball at Wisconsin in 1933. He succeeded Doc Meanwell as head coach a year later, and remained as head coach until 1959. His Wisconsin team won the 1941 NCAA championship.

Foster served as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was a member of the Basketball Rules Committee from 1957-1966.

Foster's 266 wins remained the most in Wisconsin history until Bo Ryan passed him in 2012; his 267 losses remain a school record.

Awards[edit]

In addition to his induction in the National Basketball Hall of Fame (1964), Foster is a member of the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame (1991) as well as the State of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (1970), Madison Sports Hall of Fame (1966) and Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (1934–1959)
1934–1935 Wisconsin 15–5 9–3 T–1st
1935–1936 Wisconsin 11–9 4–8 8th
1936–1937 Wisconsin 8–12 3–9 T–8th
1937–1938 Wisconsin 10–10 5–7 7th
1938–1939 Wisconsin 10–10 4–8 T–7th
1939–1940 Wisconsin 5–15 3–9 9th
1940–1941 Wisconsin 20–3 11–1 1st NCAA Champions
1941–1942 Wisconsin 14–7 10–5 T–2nd
1942–1943 Wisconsin 12–9 6–6 T–4th
1943–1944 Wisconsin 12–9 9–3 T–2nd
1944–1945 Wisconsin 10–11 4–8 T–6th
1945–1946 Wisconsin 4–17 1–11 9th
1946–1947 Wisconsin 16–6 9–3 1st NCAA Quarterfinals
1947–1948 Wisconsin 12–8 7–5 T–3rd
1948–1949 Wisconsin 12–10 5–7 7th
1949–1950 Wisconsin 17–5 9–3 2nd
1950–1951 Wisconsin 10–12 7–7 T–4th
1951–1952 Wisconsin 10–12 5–9 7th
1952–1953 Wisconsin 13–9 10–8 5th
1953–1954 Wisconsin 12–10 6–8 T–5th
1954–1955 Wisconsin 10–12 5–9 T–6th
1955–1956 Wisconsin 6–16 4–10 T–8th
1956–1957 Wisconsin 5–17 3–11 9th
1957–1958 Wisconsin 8–14 3–11 10th
1958–1959 Wisconsin 3–19 1–13 10th
Wisconsin: 265–267 143–182
Total: 265–267

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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