Bud Foster

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Bud Foster
Bud Foster.jpg
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleAssociate head coach & linebackers coach / defensive coordinator
TeamVirginia Tech
ConferenceACC
Annual salary$950,000
Biographical details
Born (1959-07-28) July 28, 1959 (age 59)
Somerset, Kentucky
Playing career
1977–1980Murray State
Position(s)Strong safety, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1982Murray State (GA)
1983–1985Murray State (OLB)
1986Murray State (LB/ST)
1987Virginia Tech (ILB)
1988–1992Virginia Tech (OLB)
1993Virginia Tech (LB/ST)
1994Virginia Tech (ILB/ST)
1995–2015Virginia Tech (DC/ILB)
2016–presentVirginia Tech (AHC/DC/LB)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Frank Broyles Award (2006)
AFCA Defensive Coordinator of the Year (2000)

Bud Foster (born July 28, 1959) is a college football coach and former player. He is the current associate head coach, linebackers coach, and defensive coordinator for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Following the 2006 season, he received the Frank Broyles Award, which is annually given to the top assistant coach in college football.[1]. Foster's 2005 and 2006 Hokie defenses led the nation in total defense. Foster is regarded as the best defensive coordinator in college football.[2]

Since taking on his first coaching position at Virginia Tech in 1987, Foster coached over 50 players that were drafted in the NFL including first-round draft picks DeAngelo Hall, Kyle Fuller, Tremaine Edmunds and Terrell Edmunds; Pro Bowlers Hall, Brandon Flowers and Kam Chancellor and Super Bowl champions Chancellor, Roger Brown, Tyronne Drakeford, Cornell Brown and Pierson Prioleau. Foster also coached former All-Americans John Engelberger, Anthony Midget, Corey Moore, Ben Taylor, Ronyell Whitaker, David Pugh, Willie Pile, Darryl Tapp, Jimmy Williams and Xavier Adibi.

Playing career[edit]

Foster went to high school in Nokomis, Illinois. A 1981 graduate of Murray State University, Foster played strong safety and outside linebacker from 1977 to 1980.

Coaching career[edit]

Murray State[edit]

Foster began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Murray State in 1981, Frank Beamer's first season as the head coach. After two years as a graduate assistant, Foster was elevated to a full-time staff position. He coached outside linebackers for three seasons before taking over the inside and outside linebackers in 1986. He also served as the Racers' recruiting coordinator and worked with special teams.

Virginia Tech[edit]

Foster moved with head coach Beamer to Virginia Tech in 1987 and became the inside linebackers coach. He then coached the outside linebackers for the next five seasons. Foster assumed responsibility for both sets of linebackers prior to the 1993 season and also took over special-teams coaching that year. The following year, he coached the inside linebackers and special teams. Foster assumed the position of co-defensive coordinator in 1995 and took over as the sole defensive coordinator in 1996.

After helping Tech to the national championship game (Sugar Bowl) in 1999, Foster was recognized as the 2000 American Football Coaches Association Defensive Coordinator of the Year.[3] Tech's 1999 defensive unit led Division I-A in scoring defense and ranked third in both total and rushing defense.

Under Foster's coaching, the Hokies' 2001 defense proved to be one of the nation's best, ranking among the top eight teams in Division I-A in six different categories and leading the way in shutouts with four. In 2000, Foster took a defense that returned just three starters and turned it into a unit that led the Big East Conference in rushing defense, placed 16th nationally against the run and tied for third nationally in interceptions.

Statistics[edit]

Foster's defenses consistently rank among the top in the nation. Below are Virginia Tech's defensive statistics since 1995.

Season Rushing defense Passing defense Total defense ‡ Scoring defense
  Actual †Ranking (Conf) Actual †Ranking (Conf) Actual †Ranking (Conf) Actual †Ranking (Conf)
1995[4] 77.4 #1 (#1 BE) 208.5 N/A 285.9 #10 (#1 BE) 14.1 #5 (#1 BE)
1996[5] 112.0 #19 (#3 BE) 204.1 N/A 316.1 #24 (#4 BE) 15.3 #9 (#2 BE)
1997[6] 118.9 #30 (#2 BE) 208.0 N/A 326.9 #26 (#2 BE) 16.8 #13 (#2 BE)
1998[7] 102.2 #11 (#1 BE) 182.7 N/A 284.9 #7 (#1 BE) 12.9 #4 (#1 BE)
1999[8] 75.9 #3 (#1 BE) 171.4 #8 (#1 BE) 247.3 #3 (#1 BE) 10.5 #1 (#1 BE)
2000[9] 99.27 #16 (#1 BE) 224.36 #77 (#6 BE) 323.64 #27 (#2 BE) 22.64 #45 (#4 BE)
2001[10] 71.64 #2 (#1 BE) 166.27 #8 (#4 BE) 237.91 #2 (#2 BE) 13.36 #2 (#2 BE)
2002[11] 121.43 #29 (#3 BE) 213.64 #56 (#7 BE) 335.07 #32 (#4 BE) 18.79 #21 (#2 BE)
2003[12] 136.00 #39 (#4 BE) 231.46 #76 (#7 BE) 367.46 #51 (#4 BE) 23.00 #45 (#3 BE)
2004[13] 115.23 #21 (#4 ACC) 152.77 #4 (#2 ACC) 268.00 #4 (#2 ACC) 12.85 #2 (#1 ACC)
2005[14] 93.38 #8 (#2 ACC) 154.23 #3 (#2 ACC) 247.62 #1 (#1 ACC) 12.92 #2 (#1 ACC)
2006[15] 91.23 #11 (#2 ACC) 128.23 #1 (#1 ACC) 219.46 #1 (#1 ACC) 11.00 #1 (#1 ACC)
2007[16] 86.64 #5 (#2 ACC) 210.29 #31 (#4 ACC) 296.93 #4 (#1 ACC) 16.07 #3 (#1 ACC)
2008[17] 104.43 #14 (#2 ACC) 175.00 #16 (#5 ACC) 279.43 #7 (#2 ACC) 16.71 #9 (#1 ACC)
2009[18] 128.38 #40 (#4 ACC) 167.08 #11 (#2 ACC) 295.46 #12 (#2 ACC) 15.62 #9 (#1 ACC)
2010[19] 155.93 #64 (#7 ACC) 205.57 #40 (#5 ACC) 361.50 #52 (#8 ACC) 20.57 #26 (#4 ACC)
2011[20] 104.07 #14 (#2 ACC) 200.57 #31 (#4 ACC) 304.64 #10 (#2 ACC) 17.64 #7 (#2 ACC)
2012[21] 134.08 #29 (#3 ACC) 199.08 #24 (#2 ACC) 333.15 #18 (#2 ACC) 22.85 #32 (#2 ACC)
2013[22] 110.9 #10 (#1 ACC) 172.7 #8 (#2 ACC) 283.6 #4 (#2 ACC) 19.3 #11 (#2 ACC)
2014[23] 144.8 #39 (#7 ACC) 199.0 #25 (#5 ACC) 343.8 #21 (#5 ACC) 20.2 #14 (#2 ACC)
2015[24] 180.7 #75 (#11 ACC) 189.2 #19 (#4 ACC) 369.8 #44 (#9 ACC) 26.3 #59 (#11 ACC)
2016[25] 140.5 #32 (#8 ACC) 200.2 #26 (#3 ACC) 340.7 #18 (#4 ACC) 22.8 #28 (#5 ACC)
2017[26] 119.5 #15 (#2 ACC) 199.8 #33 (#6 ACC) 319.3 #13 (#2 ACC) 14.8 #4 (#2 ACC)
All statistics from the NCAA.

† National rankings are among the teams in the football bowl subdivision (formerly called Division I-A), which currently consists of 127 teams.
The Big East Conference had 8 teams. The ACC had 11 teams in 2004, 12 teams from 2005 to 2012, and 14 teams from 2013 to present.

‡ Scoring defense also includes touchdowns allowed by the offense and special teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Foster honored as top assistant coach". press release. Virginia Tech Athletic Department.
  2. ^ "Bud Foster named Top Defensive Coordinator in College Football".
  3. ^ Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. "National Publication Honors Bud Foster", Hokiesports.com. June 1, 2000. Accessed September 30, 2008.
  4. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 1995" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  5. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  6. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 1997" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  7. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 1998" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  8. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 1999" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  9. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2000 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  10. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2001 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  11. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2002 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  12. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2003 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  13. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2004 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  14. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2005 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  15. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2006 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  16. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2007 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-09-09.
  17. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2008 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  18. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2009 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  19. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2010 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  20. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2011 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  21. ^ NCAA. "Virginia Tech 2012 National Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  22. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 2013". Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  23. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 2014". Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  24. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 2015". Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  25. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 2016". Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  26. ^ NCAA. "NCAA Statistics - Teams - 2017". Retrieved 2018-09-04.

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