Midway University Athletic Director, Rusty Kennedy, has announced the hiring of Alan Foster as the new Head Coach for the Midway women’s basketball program.
“I want to thank the search committee for all the hard work they put in during this process,” noted Kennedy. “They chose a veteran head coach, who is a proven leader of young people.”
Kennedy added, “I am looking forward to working with Coach Foster to continue to improve and build the women’s basketball program in the future.”
Foster comes to Midway after spending the last 18 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Bacone College – an NAIA institution – in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
During his 18 seasons with the Warriors, Foster amassed 292 victories, which has him at No. 20 among the NAIA Division I men’s basketball winningest active coaches.
In 2004, Foster was named the Red River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Then in 2010, he led the Warriors to the RRAC Tournament Championship and an automatic berth to the NAIA DI National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.
Foster has also coached 29 All-Conference players and two All-Americans during his time at Bacone. He also led the men’s basketball program through the transition from an NJCAA to an NAIA institution.
While serving as the head men’s basketball coach at Bacone, Foster also served as the Athletic Director for the Warriors beginning in September 2007. Foster also was the Assistant Athletic Director from September 2000 until September 2007.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Bacone in April 2000, Foster spent eight seasons at Kemper Military Junior College in Boonville, Missouri. He was the assistant men’s basketball coach for the first two years before becoming the head coach in August 1994.
During his time at Kemper Military, Foster graduated 100 percent of all student-athletes that attended two years, while having 24 players receive scholarships to four-year universities.
He led the Yellow Jackets to the Region XVI Runner-up in the 1995-96 season. He also coached 12 All-Region players and one All-American.
Foster got his start in the college ranks at State Fair Community College where he served as an assistant coach under Missouri Hall of Fame coach, Bill Barton.
He got his start in coaching as a student assistant at his alma mater – Missouri Southern State College – in Joplin, Missouri. He was on the coaching staff from 1986-1988 and was part of the Lions National Tournament Team.
“I am very excited and honored to be selected as the next head coach for Midway women’s basketball,” said Foster. I want to thank Rusty Kennedy, Robbie Shay, and the selection committee for their confidence and trust in me.”
Foster added, “I look forward to building and developing relationships with the returning players and recruits. I want to continue to build on the success that the program has enjoyed the last two seasons and strive to achieve more success.”
Foster holds a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration from East Central University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University.
Foster will make his debut on the sidelines as the Midway women’s basketball coach in October when the Eagles begin the 2018-19 season.
Alan and his wife, Sonya, have two sons, Ryan Hieronymus and Riley Foster, and one daughter, Reyd Foster.
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