Regarded as one of the top defensive minds in the game, Bud Foster is in his 29th season at Virginia Tech. The 2006 Broyles Award winner has helped mold nationally ranked defenses on a yearly basis during his 20 years as a coordinator.
|1981-82||Murray State (graduate assistant)|
|1983-85||Murray State (outside linebackers)|
|1986||Murray State (linebackers/special teams)|
|1987||Virginia Tech (inside linebackers)|
|1988-92||Virginia Tech (outside linebackers)|
|1993||Virginia Tech (linebackers/special teams)|
|1994||Virginia Tech (inside backers/special teams)|
|1995-||Virginia Tech (defensive coordinator/inside linebackers/special teams)|
|1979||Division I-AA Playoffs (Murray State, semifinals)|
|1986||Division I-AA Playoffs (Murray State, quarterfinals)|
|1993||Independence (Virginia Tech vs. Indiana)|
|1994||Gator (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee)|
|1995||Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Texas)|
|1996||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Nebraska)|
|1997||Gator (Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina)|
|1998||Music City (Virginia Tech vs. Alabama)|
|1999||Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Florida State)|
|2000||Gator (Virginia Tech vs. Clemson)|
|2001||Gator (Virginia Tech vs. Florida State)|
|2002||San Francisco (Virginia Tech vs. Air Force)|
|2003||Insight (Virginia Tech vs. California)|
|2004||Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Auburn)|
|2005||Gator (Virginia Tech vs. Louisville)|
|2006||Chick-fil-A (Virginia Tech vs. Georgia)|
|2007||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Kansas)|
|2008||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati)|
|2009||Chick-fil-A (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee)|
|2010||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Stanford)|
|2011||Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Michigan)|
|2012||Russell Athletic (Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers)|
|2013||Sun (vs. UCLA)|
|2014||Military (vs. Cincinnati)|
Foster, who was a finalist three previous times (1999, 2001, 2005) for the award given to the nation’s top assistant football coach, has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s most respected defensive coaches. Over the past three seasons Tech leads all FBS programs, permitting opponents to convert at a mere 29.0 percent rate on third downs.
Foster’s 2014 squad was young, but led by All-American Kendall Fuller as the group finished the season strong. The 2013 unit was one of his best team units, finishing fourth in the country in total defense and finishing in the top 15 of six other major team categories. A pair of All-Americans and the league’s defensive rookie of the year helped lead a unit that placed eight players on one of the two All-ACC teams.
After an off year by Foster’s standards in 2010, the Hokies roared back to form in 2011 despite starting nine freshmen or sophomores for most of the season after injuries claimed three starters for the year. His defense finished seventh in the country in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. The 2012 squad finished the season strong, placing 14th in pass efficiency defense and 18th in total defense.
In 2008, despite losing seven starters to NFL camps from the 2007 team, his young and inexperienced group finished seventh in the nation in total defense and in the top 20 of five other categories. In 2009, his group rounded into form late and finished 12th in the country in total defense and was led by All-American Cody Grimm. His young group led the nation in 2010 in turnover margin and tied for second in the country in passes intercepted (23) with All-American Jayron Hosley leading the way as the Hokies claimed another ACC title.
The 2007 group was also among the nation’s elite, featuring a pair of first-team All-Americans in Brandon Flowers and Xavier Adibi, along with six all-conference selections.
The 2006 squad led the nation in total defense for the second straight year. The unit also led the nation in passing and scoring defense. The 2005 group led the country in total defense and ranked among the top three teams in three other categories. It produced two first-team All-Americans along with four all-conference players. Tech’s 2004 defense ranked in the top five nationally in total defense, pass defense, scoring defense, interceptions and turnovers gained.
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 two other categories.
Following numerous seasons, Foster has been pursued by big-time programs for their defensive coordinator position, but he has opted to continue his long-standing football association with 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 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.
A 1981 graduate of Murray State, Foster was an outstanding strong safety and outside linebacker from 1977 to 1980. After two years as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Foster was elevated to a full-time staff position. The Nokomis, Illinois, native coached outside linebackers for three seasons before taking over the inside and outside linebackers in 1986. He also served as MSU’s recruiting coordinator and worked with special teams.
Foster and his wife Jacqueline have three children: Amy Porter, Grant and Hillary. Daughter Amy has a daughter, Jaiden Olivia.