Columbus, Ohio – Jim Foster, Ohio State women’s basketball head coach, has signed a seven-year contract extension that takes him through the 2011-12 season with the Buckeyes. The announcement was made Saturday by Miechelle Willis, OSU associate athletics director and senior women’s administrator.
Foster, the 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has completed three seasons at Ohio State, compiling an overall record of 73-25. Last year’s team shared the Big Ten title, won a school-record 30 games and made a third-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Foster, who originally signed a five-year contract prior to the 2002-03 season, will be granted additional “rollover” years on his contract each time Ohio State wins the Big Ten regular- season title or reaches the NCAA tournament. The extension also includes possible bonus incentives for academic and athletic success, as well as bonuses for winning Big Ten or national championships and reaching and advancing in the NCAA tournament.
“Jim has done a fantastic job in his three seasons at Ohio State,” Willis said. “We are excited about both his academic and athletic achievements by our student-athletes in those three seasons. We wanted to make a statement about his commitment to the overall development of the young women in the program.”
“Ohio State provides the opportunity to compete at the highest level year in and year out,” Foster said. “I’m looking forward to spending the next seven-plus years in a great city and state.”
Foster started his coaching career at St. Joseph’s University from 1978-1991 and then moved on to Vanderbilt for 11 campaigns from 1991-2002. He will aim to reach a personal milestone next season, needing 23 victories to reach the 600-win plateau for his career. Foster’s 577 career triumphs ranks him in the Top 15 among active winningest NCAA coaches (by victories) and in the Top 20 for all-time wins.
The Buckeyes tip off the 2005-06 season with a home date Nov. 22 against Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena.