CCC Mourns Loss of Legendary Coach Dick Foster

Photos of Dick Foster during his coaching career at Coffeyville and a second at the 2019 Endowment Auction.

Left: Dick Foster as CCC Head Football Coach. Right: Dick Foster being recognized at the 2019 CCC Foundation Endowment Auction.

Coffeyville Community College and the junior college football world lost a great man in the passing of former CCC Head Coach Dick Foster.  Foster coached for a total of 16 years in junior college football serving as CCC Red Ravens Head Coach from 1975-1988 and in Fort Scott from 1969-1970.

His total career record as a junior college head coach is 146 wins, 25 losses and 2 ties.  He is the only head coach in NJCAA history to win a National Championship at two different schools.  While at Coffeyville Community College, the Ravens ranked in the top 15 in the national polls every year and finished as National Champs in 1983.  His teams won 8 of the 11 bowl games in which they played. Dick was inducted into the CCC Letterman’s Hall of Fame in 1998 and was selected to the first class of the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame. He was selected as the Junior College Coach of the Year in 1970 and is a member of the Fort Scott Community College Hall of Fame. 
“Words cannot express the loss of such a great influencer and mentor to those within the Coffeyville Community College family,” said CCC President Dr. Marlon Thornburg.  “Dick Foster played a huge role in the success of many student athletes on and off the field.  His passion and commitment to the students, faculty and staff of CCC will be greatly missed.”

Dick is scheduled to be recognized as the 2020 CCC Distinguished Alumni in Spring 2021. 

Related Link: Dick Foster Tribute Video (, opens in new window)