Foster not returning at Ohio State after 11 years

Jim Foster, who won 783 games at Saint Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and

the last 11 years at Ohio State, will not return as women’s

basketball head coach next season, Ohio State has announced.

Foster, reached by phone, declined to offer any comment.

Ohio State did not specify if he had been fired or was retiring.

He compiled a record of 279-82 (.722) in his tenure with the

Buckeyes, departing as the program’s winningest coach in victories

and percentage.

This season his team went 18-13 and tied for eighth in the Big

Ten with a 7-9 mark. Passed over by the NCAA even though Ohio State

hosts NCAA first- and second-round games this weekend, the Buckeyes

declined to accept an offer to play in the WNIT.