Former Duke basketball coach Bill Foster dies at 85

Coach Bill Foster gives instruction to Duke guard Vince Taylor. (Courtesy of Duke University)

Former Duke basketball coach Bill Foster has died. He was 85.

Foster guided Duke to the NCAA title game in 1978, where the Blue Devils lost to Kentucky, 94-88.


Foster, who coached at Duke from 1974-1980 was named national coach of the year in 1978, when he led a talented team anchored by three-time first-team All-ACC center Mike Gminski.

Foster's success at Duke restored the program to national prominence, setting the stage for the abundant success of Blue Devils' next coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

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