He coached for 34 years — 32 in
Catawba County — and won 175 games
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By CHRIS HOBBS
GRANITE FALLS – Dick Foster, a legendary high school and college football player who was also a prep head coach in 375 games at four high schools – three in Catawba County – has broken huddle for the last time.
Foster, a record-breaking running back at old Granite Falls High who also played at Lenoir-Rhyne University from 1956-1959, died Monday. He was 85.
Foster played for the late Don (Red) Kirkpatrick at Granite Falls, where his average scoring run was more than 50 yards, and the late Clarence Stasavich at LRU. At the time, Foster was one of the most highly-recruited stars in the Carolinas, going to LRU despite offers from many ACC schools.
Foster coached prep teams over 34 years that went 175-191-9 with 16 winning seasons, 16 losing seasons and two .500 records.
He coached three conference champions, one team that shared a league title and nine state playoff teams.
Foster’s first high school head-coaching job came in 1962 and the next year at West Rowan in Mount Ulla.
In 1964, he was hired as the new head football coach at Bandys, guiding the Trojans for 14 years and a record of 78-73-4.
Foster left Bandys to become head coach at Fred T. Foard in 1978 and led the Tigers to a 57-47-1 record over nine years.
His 1981-1983 teams are Foard’s only back-to-back-to- back winning teams, and his 1982 team won a N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Division II 2A state title.
The Division 2 playoffs were a postseason extension added by the NCHSAA for a limited number of years.
Foard, led by a strong running game that featured Brian Kimball, Randy Hefner, Steve Buchanan and Robert
beat Franklin 7-0 on the road and won 28-25 at Southwest Guilford in the title game.
After the 1986 season, Foster sought a new challenge by taking over as head coach at St. Stephens, where the Indians had not reached the postseason since 1961.
In his second season there, St. Stephens went 6-5 and lost a state playoff game 26-8 at Shelby.
In 1991, the Indians won their first state playoff game by beating West Henderson 39-32 in Hickory. The next week, host East-Rowan nipped the Indians 17-2.
Foster’s nine teams at St. Stephens went 38-56-1.
His final coaching was from 1997 to 2002 with running backs at LRU.
Foster was inducted into the Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
COACHING CAREER OF
DICK FOSTER IN CATAWBA COUNTY
Year School Conf. All
1964 Bandys 1-8/10th 1-8-1
1965 Bandys 7-1-1/T2 8-1-1
1966 Bandys 3-6/7th 4-6-0
1967 Bandys 5-4/T5 6-4-0
1968 Bandys 2-7/T8 3-7-0
1969 Bandys 5-4/5th 6-4-0
1970 Bandys 8-1/champ 10-3-0*
1971 Bandys 8-0/champ 10-1-1*
1972 Bandys 4-4-1/T7 4-5-1
1973 Bandys 5-4/5th 6-4-0
1974 Bandys 5-3-1/6th 6-3-1
1975 Bandys 3-6/7th 3-6-1
1976 Bandys 5-5/T5 5-5-0
1977 Bandys 6-1/2nd 6-5-0*
1978 Foard 1-6/7th 2-8-0
1979 Foard 1-6/7th 3-7-0
1980 Foard 4-3/T3 5-5-0
1981 Foard 6-1/Tie 1 9-2-0*
1982 Foard 6-1/Tie 1 10-2-0*
1983 Foard 6-1/champ 8-2-1*
1984 Foard 2-5/T5 2-8-0
1985 Foard 4-1/2nd 7-4-0*
1986 Foard 0-5/6th 1-9-0
1987 St. Stephens 0-5/6th 0-10-0
1988 St. Stephens 3-2/T3 6-5-0*
1989 St. Stephens 3-2/T3 5-4-1
1990 St. Stephens 1-4/T5 3-7-0
1991 St. Stephens 4-1/2nd 9-3-0*
1992 St. Stephens 2-3/T4 3-7-0
1993 St. Stephens 2-2/5th 3-7-0
1994 St. Stephens 2-2/4th 6-5-0
1995 St. Stephens 0-4/5th 3-8-0
At W. Rowan, 1962-63: 2-15-3
At Bandys, 1964-1977: 78-73-4
At Foard, 1978-1986: 57-47-1
At St. Stephens, 1987-1995: 38-56-1
Totals: 175-191-9, 34 years
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