Foster Honored
Tech coach named top defensive coordinator
August 17, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - has ranked Virginia Tech's Bud Foster the top defensive coordinator in Division I-A football. Foster was rated No. 1 among defensive coaches when Rivals released a list of its top offensive and defensive coordinators on Wednesday.

Foster, who is beginning his 19th season at Tech, has helped mold nationally ranked defenses on a yearly basis during his 10 years as a coordinator. His success made him a finalist for the coveted Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant football coach in both 1999 and 2001.

Last season's Tech defense ranked in the top five nationally in total defense, pass defense, scoring defense, interceptions and turnovers gained. The Hokies' young 2002 defense was ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense, interceptions and turnovers gained.

Under Foster's guidance, Tech's 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 in rushing defense, placed 16th nationally against the run and tied for third nationally in interceptions.

After helping Tech to the national championship game in 1999, Foster was recognized as the 2000 Division I-A Defensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Coach magazine. Tech's 1999 defensive unit led Division I-A in scoring defense and ranked third in both total and rushing defense.

Foster has had a long-standing football association with current Tech head coach, Frank Beamer. That association dates back to 1979 when Foster was a strong safety and defensive end at Murray State and Beamer was the defensive coordinator. Foster began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at MSU in 1981, Beamer's first season as the head coach.

Since coming to Tech with Beamer in 1987, Foster has worn several coaching hats. He coached the inside linebackers for one year in 1987, then tutored 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 '96. The inside linebackers continue to be his primary responsibility.