Harold E. Foster
May 30, 1906|
|Died||June 16, 1996 90)(aged|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||NCAA: 4-1 (.800)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
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. 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.
After coaching the Wisconsin Badgers, Foster broadcast the Badger Basketball games, sharing the booth with Ted Moore.
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
|Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference) (1934–1959)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Wisconsin 1958-59: Wisconsin basketball fact book". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved 2010-07-03.