UTC Introduces New Lady Mocs Coach Jim Foster

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Updated: 5/10/2013 6:50 pm

Chattanooga-(WDEF) When Jim Foster used to coach at Vanderbilt, he loved to visit Chattanooga when the SEC women's tournament was in town. Now Foster will get to coach in the Scenic City. The former Ohio State coach will look to add to his impressive resume as the Lady Mocs new head coach.

Not only is Foster excited to be in the city of Chattanooga, but he's glad to be back on the mid-major level. "I've been David. And I've been Goliath. It's a heck of a lot more fun being David because if you can make Goliath fall there's a lot that goes into that."

The hire was almost a no brainer for Mocs A-D David Blackburn. Foster has nearly 800 wins, 26 NCAA tournament appearances, and he's going into the women's basketball hall of fame this summer. Said Blackburn,"He truly wants to be here. If I felt like he didn't want to be here, we would not have gone in that direction, but I believe that. I also believe he has fire in his belly. I said that yesterday. He truly wants to do something special."

Despite Foster's credentials, he knows it will be tough replacing Wes Moore. "I'd be anything but a fool if I didn't have a positive impression of a 29-4 team. Then you get a little nervous when your new boss is talking about doing better than that." (laughter)

Foster announced he will keep UTC assistant Katie Burrows on his staff. Burrows still can't believe Foster will be coaching the Lady Mocs. "Shock is the word. It was an exciting time though. He wasn't even on the radar. And so when they finally told me, I was pretty pumped."

As far as coaching philosophy, Foster says that depends on the talent. "My basketball background is I coach what's in the gym. If I've got a 6'6 All-American on the low block, they're going to touch the ball, often."

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