National Publication Honors Bud Foster
Named Top Defensive Coordinator In Division I-A
June 1, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen have been named recipients of the 2000 Division I-A Coordinators of the Year Award presented by American Football Coach Magazine. American Football Coach is the No. 1 trade magazine for the 150,000 football coaches at the junior high school, high school, college and professional levels.

This past season, Foster oversaw a defensive unit that played a key role in helping Virginia Tech earn its first appearance in the National Championship game. The 1999 Tech defensive unit led the Division I-A ranks in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 10.5 points per game. The Hokies also ranked third nationally in total defense (247.3 ypg) and rushing defense (75.9 ypg). Virginia Tech was ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 98.1.

Under Foster's guidance, Tech set a BIG EAST Conference single-season record for quarterback sacks in '99 with a total of 58. The Hokies also led the BIG EAST in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, pass defense and pass efficiency defense. Six Tech defensive players were named to the All-BIG EAST team following the season and three were selected to the Associated Press All-America teams.

The Hokies put together an 11-0 regular-season record during 1999 before losing to No. 1 Florida State, 46-29, in the Nokia Sugar Bowl National Championship game. Tech was ranked No. 2 in the final AP poll.

The 1999 season was Foster's 13th at Virginia Tech. Foster came to Tech with head coach Frank Beamer in 1987 and coached the Hokies' linebackers. He was named to the position of co-defensive coordinator in 1995 and assumed all the defensive coordinator duties in 1996. A 1981 graduate of Murray State, Foster played and coached under Beamer at MSU before following him to Tech.