Vanderbilt's winningest women's hoops coach headed to hall of fame

Monday, July 16, 2012 at 11:18pm
Staff reports

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame awaits Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach.

Jim Foster, who just finished his 10th season at Ohio State, is one of two coaches who will be inducted into the hall of fame’s 15th class next June in Knoxville.

In 11 years with the Commodores (1992-2002), he compiled a 256-99 record, reached the NCAA Tournament 10 times and guided the program to its only Final Four — in 1993. He has coached for more than 35 years, starting in the high school ranks and leading St. Joseph’s to three Atlantic-10 championships before arriving at Vanderbilt. He has 765 wins and is only the second coach with 200 wins at three schools.

He’ll be enshrined with longtime Texas A&M coach Gary Blair, who has amassed 620 wins in 27 years and led the Aggies to the 2011 national championship.

Players Jen Rizotti (Connecticut), Peggie Gillom-Granderson (Ole Miss), Annette Smith-Knight (Texas) and Sue Wicks (Rutgers) will also be inducted.

“That’s a heck of a class,” Connecticut and U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma told the Associated Press after the announcement on Monday. “As you get older people get inducted who you have a connection with. Coaches like Jim and Gary have maintained a high quality of work at different schools.”