Skip Foster returns to CCC as offensive coordinator
July 19, 2011
Skip Foster returns to Coffeyville Community College after spending the last decade coaching in arena football. Foster has joined the Raven staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
When Coffeyville Community College offensive coordinator Kelton Copeland resigned last week to take a position at the University of South Dakota, most schools would have been in a pickle in trying to fill an important coaching void just two weeks before the start of pre-season camp. The Ravens did not have to look far to find an ideal replacement.
Former Red Raven Head Coach and member of the Red Raven Hall of Fame Skip Foster has agreed to return to CCC, this time as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Foster was head coach of the Ravens from 1989 through 2000. He led the Ravens to an 83-39-2 record including the 1990 national championship.
Current Coffeyville Community College Head Football Coach Darian Dulin and Foster have discussed the possibility of Foster returning to the CCC coaching staff for quite some time. “Coach Foster and I have been talking for over a year now about this possibility, but with prior obligations, things never worked out,” said Dulin. “We even talked in December, again in February and March.”
“To some people, this may seem like a weird or awkward hire, but for me it was about hiring the best available coach to help us win and get our offense going the right direction,” added Dulin. “With Coach Foster being a former head coach and his connections with the program, he is going to be a plus all-around the program and for myself.”
Dulin has committed the Ravens offense to become more run-oriented this season after implementing the spread offense three seasons ago. Foster will provide immense guidance during this transitional period for the Ravens’ offense.
“We went into this new addition with the offense looking to run the ball downhill and be a physical football team,” said Dulin. “Skip has done this before and been successful, so I expect the same again.”
“The change of offense we were looking for and the experience he brings, this was a no-brainer,” added Dulin. “I think this is great for our program, great for me as the Head Coach with his experience, great for Coffeyville Community College, and great for the city.”
In the 12 years Foster was at the helm of the Red Ravens, his teams played for six conference championships, and he coached 58 first-team All-Conference players, the most of any program in the Jayhawk Conference. He was selected as the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. The undefeated 1990 season was capped by a 58-20 Raven victory over Montgomery County, Maryland in the Mid-America Bowl game played in Tulsa, Okla. The 1991 team claimed another national title when six starters were named Academic All-Americans, the most of any one school in a single sport. This feat was duplicated again in 1995 with six more Red Ravens selected to the Academic All-American team, with three of them receiving distinguished status.
In 1992, Foster led the Ravens to the Shrine Bowl held in Tyler, Texas, and two starters were named Distinguished Academic All-Americans, while two more were All-Americans. In 1993, the Ravens played in the Dixie Rotary Bowl in St. George, Utah and posted a 60-36 win over the host team. In 1996, the Ravens were 9-2, winning the conference title and a shot at the National Championship playing in the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The Ravens lost to two-time national champions Blinn Community College.
Overall, Foster has 27 years of coaching experience including a decade in Arena Football. He was offensive coordinator most recently for the San Jose SaberCats after serving as offensive coordinator with the Arizona Rattlers (2008) and the Columbus Destroyers (2007), who he helped lead to ArenaBowl XXI against San Jose.
Prior to his time with the Destroyers, Foster was the head coach of the expansion Austin Wranglers. He led the Wranglers to a 24-24 record in his three seasons, including a 10-6 mark during his final year in 2006.
Foster served as the head coach of the Tulsa Talons in af2 from 2001-03. He finished with a record of 44-10, an average of almost 15 wins a season, leading the Talons to victory in the 2003 ArenaCup. Foster made history when he became the only af2 coach to go undefeated at home with 26 consecutive victories over three seasons.
In addition to directing the offense, Foster’s connections across the state will aid the Red Raven recruiting efforts. “I think he will help us reconnect with southeast Kansas and he will be a great help with recruiting offensive line guys,” said Dulin. “John Harrell, our offensive line coach, did a great job recruiting and he has a great connection with the young offensive line guys.”
“Now bringing in a veteran offensive line guy in is going to give us a great advantage in recruiting because Skip can speak from his own experience and also from giving examples of players that have been here,” added Dulin.
“I believe this is a great day for me and the program,” said Dulin. “We are moving in the right direction with our offense and the program.”