It's Sweater Day at McKenzie For Coach Foster

UTC Coach Goes for 800th Win

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

“Congratulations Coachie, from one sweater guy to another!”

  Lou Carnesecca, St. John’s Hall of Fame Coach

"Looie" Carnesecca and his vintage 1980s sweaters send their regards.

 With all this cold weather Bobby Knight (Indiana, Texas Tech)and John Chaney (Tempe) are most likely wearing a sweater on the final Saturday in January.

This afternoon at 4, Chattanooga women's basketball team (16-3, 8-0) looks to extend the nation's longest current home win streak to 35 with a win against visiting Samford and also give Lady Mocs coach Jim Foster his 800th win.'

It's Sweater Day: Hopefully, many UTC fans will attempt to be "Jim Foster look-alikes" today, wearing either a dark blue or black (the only colored sweaters Foster wears on game day).

Recording win No. 800 pwill put coach Foster in an elite group as only eight other NCAA D-I coaches have won 800 or more games.

A remarkable basketball coach, Foster has 200-plus wins at St. Joseph’s (248-126), Vanderbilt (256-99) and Ohio State (279-82) and now 16 victories in his first season at UTC.

Ironically, Samford (5-14, 3-5) is the last team to beat the Lady Mocs in McKenzie Arena, 68-66 on March 6, 2011.

Quotes From Two Former Assistants

"The big thing about Jim Foster has been his consistency. Very few coaches who have been able to coach at four totally different schools, still coach at an extremely high level and have a great impact on the game.  I learned a lot from him as a person and coach and I think the players that played for him are an example of how he runs his program.  I am really proud to have known him and to have followed his career and I expect him to win a lot more games."

-- UConn coach Geno Auriemma


"Jim has an incredible passion for our sport and is a true advocate for women's basketball. He is such a class act and does everything with the utmost integrity. I'm proud to call him not only a mentor, but a friend, and someone who has had a tremendous impact, not only on my career, but on those of so many other coaches and student-athletes. I couldn't be happier for him to be getting his 800th win and I'm sure there are many more to come!"

-- Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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