After 25 years of leading the Eagles program, Coach Foster has decided to retire from coaching. He will still remain a teacher at Central. He has built a tradition and a program from the ground up. His first year of coaching he only had nine wrestlers. Four were state qualifiers and no medalist. This past season he had four state qualifiers and all four wrestlers medaled.
In his time at Omaha Central he has had 9 state champions. In 2020 Foster lead the Eagles to their first top three finish since 1958. His first season the Eagles finished in last place. They continued to build each season. In his first ten years they never finished higher than 15th. In the past fifteen years, the Eagles have eight top ten finishes and two top five finishes.
Foster has done a lot for the wrestlers, helping get them placed in colleges, service academies, and jobs. Outside of being a wrestling coach, Foster is an outstanding educator earning the 2018 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher award.
“Jimmie Foster is more than just a wrestling coach, he’s a friend, a mentor and someone who will love the wrestlers that believe in him. He is one of the most selfless individuals I’ve had the chance of knowing. I’m so happy and proud of Coach Foster. Enjoy retirement OOOSSS!” -Chuck Mulligan.
First reported by Mike Sautter.