WICHITA, Kan. –
Colin Foster, former assistant women’s tennis coach at TCU, has been
named the seventh head women's tennis coach at Wichita State, Director
of Athletics Eric Sexton announced on Wednesday.
"Colin communicated a vision of excellence that builds upon the foundation and direction of our women's tennis program," Sexton said. "The future of the program is very bright. With Colin's strong recruiting presence and cutting edge player development skills, we have put together a winning combination that can take this program to new levels."
In his three seasons with the Horned Frogs, Foster helped create a Mountain West Conference power. He helped guide TCU to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons in Fort Worth, sending players to the NCAA Individual Championships each year as well.
Foster has mentored three All-Americans as an assistant, and was twice voted the ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. The Horned Frogs won a pair of regular season championships during his time there, including the 2009 Mountain West Conference Tournament title.
“I’m thrilled and so grateful for the opportunity to join the Wichita State staff,” Foster said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the players and getting started.”
Before launching his coaching career, Foster enjoyed a highly successful playing career at Purdue. He spent the majority of his senior year competing in the No. 1 position and finished his career as the team’s Most Valuable Player. The Western Springs, Ill., native was also successful in the classroom, being named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team every year.
Foster takes over a Shocker program that was ranked as high as 33rd nationally last season, and begins the 2009-10 season as the defending Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament champions along with NCAA Tournament appearances in three of the last four seasons.
“Chris Young did an incredible job during his time at WSU," Foster said. “I’m excited about our program's recent success on both the conference and national levels. I’m excited to continue that direction and the opportunity to make an even bigger splash on the national scene.”
The announcement also brings changes to the men's side of the Shocker tennis program. Head men's tennis coach Brad Louderback will also take on the additional role of Director of Operations for the Sheldon Coleman Complex, taking over the management of the day-to-day operations of the tennis complex in addition to his coaching responsibilities.
What others are saying about Coach Foster:
Jeff Hammond, Head Coach, TCU
“I’m really happy for Colin. A great program has found a great coach. It’s a great match for both sides, and he’ll do very well there. I’m extremely proud of him.”
“[At TCU] Colin has taken the team and individual players to an extremely high level during his time here. There’s no doubt he’ll continue to do that in the future. He has a great tennis mind.”
Jay Louderback, Head Coach, Notre Dame
“I’ve had the chance to coach against him at the NCAA tournament quite a few times. I was very impressed with how he handled his kids. He was terrific with on-court adjustments during matches to put his kids in a good position to win. I think he’ll be a great fit at WSU.”
“It seems like his kids always really like playing for him. It always helps you when your kids respect you and enjoy playing for you. He’ll work them hard, but they’ll enjoy him, too.”
Mat Iandolo, Head Coach, Utah
“I’ve known Colin since he was a freshman at Purdue [while coaching women’s tennis at Purdue]. I’ve really enjoyed watching him develop from a very good college player to a great college coach. Now he’s been given the shot at coaching at a nationally ranked collegiate level, and I look forward to watching him excel there, too.”
“I’ve known him for quite a while. He’s a great guy with a great personality. He will be well-liked at WSU.”