Murphysboro native was an assistant at SIU from 2000-05
Buddy Foster is entering his eighth year with the Saluki softball program in 2015. Foster served as an assistant coach for six seasons from 2000-05 before returning prior to the 2014 season. Foster works with SIU's pitchers and leads the recruiting efforts.
In his first season back in Carbondale in 2014, Foster helped SIU pitcher Katie Bertelsen earn second-team All-MVC honors after she won 14 games and posted three saves in 188 innings. He also coached Taylor Orsburn, a senior who hadn't pitched since high school, to an MVC-best 2.27 ERA and an 8-2 record in 74 innings. Orsburn was a perfect 6-0 in MVC play.
Foster's first six years in Carbondale (2000-05) were six of the most successful seasons in school history. Foster was a part of four MVC Staffs of the Year, and the Salukis won 239 games and a pair of MVC titles (2004, 05). In his final three years, SIU advanced to three-straight NCAA Tournaments and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2003. Foster served as the hitting coach for the Salukis, and he coached the top two home run hitters in school history, Katie Jordan (39 career home runs) and Katie Louis (38 career home runs).
Foster coached six first-team All-MVC and 12 second-team All-MVC hitters in his first stint in Carbondale. Katie Louis won MVC Rookie of the Year in 2003, and Kelly Creek was a two-time All-Region selection (2002, 03). Foster's lineup in 2005 still holds school records for most hits (440), most home runs (67) and most RBIs (268). Krystal Stein was a first-team All-Region selection that year.
Prior to rejoining the Salukis before the 2014 season, Foster helped guide SIU-Edwardsville as an assistant coach. The Cougars won 113 games while Foster was there, including a 35-13 season in 2013. Foster helped mentor 14 All-Ohio Valley Conference selections at SIUE, including 2013 OVC Player of the Year Alex McDavid and Freshman of the Year Haley Chambers. Foster served as pitching coach for his first three years at SIUE and helped All-OVC pitcher Erika Taylor win 70 career games and pile up 272 career strikeouts. In one season as the Cougars' pitching coach in 2013, Foster led the team to program records for team batting average (.304) and home runs (35) since it transitioned to Division I.
Foster was the head coach at Bradley from 2006-08. In Foster's first two seasons, the Braves had back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 11 years. He posted 63 wins in his three seasons, and his program ranked among the top 25 in the nation in team GPA all three seasons. After the 2008 season, Foster joined Kansas University for one season as the associate head coach until head coach Tracy Bunge retired.
Foster served two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State, from 1998-99 before coming to SIU. The Redhawks went 69-30-1 during Foster's two years on staff with back-to-back OVC regular season and tournament titles and consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. The 1999 team beat East Carolina 2-1 before bowing out to Kansas, 3-1, in 11 innings.
Foster got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at SEMO from 1992-93 before serving one season as an assistant coach at John A. Logan College in 1996.
Foster, a native of Murphysboro, Ill., married his wife, Patty, in 2014.
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