• Ben Hall

Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator will Retire Following the 2019-20 Season

After spending the past 24 years as the defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech, Bud Foster has announced that he will retire at the end of this season.

This year will be Foster‘s 33rd season with the Hokies. Prior to being the defensive coordinator, Foster was a linebackers and special teams coach for 8 years. 

Before Virginia Tech, Foster was a linebackers and specials teams coach at Murray State under head coach Frank Beamer. Foster then followed Beamer to Virginia Tech to be the linebackers coach there.

Foster is arguably the greatest college football defensive coordinator of all time. In 2000, Foster was named AFCA Defensive Coordinator of the Year. And following the 2006 season, Foster was awarded the Frank Broyles Award. The Frank Broyles Award is an award given to the best assistant coach in college football. 

Over the years, Bud Foster has coached in 26 Bowl Games including the 2000 BCS National Championship. He has won 4 ACC Championships and 3 Big East Championships. 

Since 2000, Virginia Tech has had 22 shutouts. Alabama is the only team who has had more with 27 shutouts. The Hokies led the nation in total defense in both 2005 and 2006, while ranking second in 2001. 

Since being named defensive coordinator, Foster has had 45 defensive players selected in the NFL Draft.

Bud Foster will go down as one of the best assistant coaches college football has ever had.

(Steve Helber/AP)

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