UTC's Jim Foster Set to Make NCAA History

4 teams to the Women's NCAA Championship

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster is a win away from making history as the first coach to qualify four teams for the NCAA D-I championship.

Playing in this weekend's Southern Conference tournament in Asheville, N.C., The No.1 seeded Lady Mocs take on No.4 Davidson Monday at 5 p.m. (CSS and ESPN3) for the title and an automatic berth in the NCAA championship.

UTC (28-3) beat Ga. Southern, 66-47, in a Saturday quarterfinal game and eliminated Elon, 77-44, in a Sunday semifinal. Davidson beat Wofford, 74-67, in the other semifinal game.

At present, Foster is one of eight coaches who have taken three schools to the Women's D-I NCAAs.

Foster has taken St. Joseph's (Pa.), (6), Vanderbilt (10) and Ohio State (10) to the D-I Big Dance in the past.

Eight Coaches – Three D-I Women’s Schools in the NCAA Championship

Kate Abrahamson-Henderson – Iowa, Missouri State and Albany

Gary Blair – Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas, Texas A&M

Patricia Cage-Bibbs – Grambling, Hampton, N.C. A&T

Tom Cohen – Colorado State, Louisville, Arkansas

Jim Foster – Saint Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Ohio State

Joanne P. McCallie – Maine, Michigan State, Duke

Marianne Stanley – Old Dominion, Southern California, Stanford

C. Vivian Stringer – Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers

Jim Foster Stats

28 - wins this season  (28-3)  his career best is 31 at Ohio State

27 - 20-win seasons at four schools (27 of 36 seasons - including 2013-14)

26 -  trips to the D-I NCAA tournament (26 of 35 years; prior to 2013-14)

24 - consecutive wins in a season (a personal best established this season)

6 - Sweet 16 appearances (Vandy and Ohio State)

4 - Elite 8 appearances (Vandy and Ohio State)

1 - Final Four Appearances (1992 at Vanderbilt)

"Journey to 30" - if UTC (28-3) wins Monday followed by a first round win in the NCAA tournament, UTC will have a school record 30 wins ... the current record is 29.

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


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