Skip Foster is back.
He’ll be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Coffeyville Community College, where he was the head coach from 1989-2000 and won the 1990 NJCAA national title and played for the title in 1996. Foster also played at CCC for his father, Dick.
Foster has spent the last decade coaching in the Arena Football League and AFL2. He quit the AFL’s San Jose franchise in May, in mid-season after a spat with the team’s owner and realizing that the newly revamped AFL wasn’t quite like the old.
“The AFL shut down for a whole year in 2009 to restructure and see if it could come back with a viable product,” Foster said. “And in that process, it went from having really good-paying jobs to a point where you couldn’t really make a living.”
Foster has lived and worked in Coffeyville in the offseason since 2006, when he moved back with his wife, Gay, and two younger children. He’d been looking to get back into the college-coaching ranks or administration for several years, and when Coffeyville OC Kelton Copeland took a job at South Dakota last week, Foster jumped at the opportunity.
“I applied for the athletic director’s job at Neosho Community College and didn’t get it, and I’d talked to (Coffeyville coach) Darian Dulin back in January about possibly coming back,” Foster said. “Coffeyville’s a special place to me, and I’ve got a daughter who is going to be a freshman in high school and a son who is going to be in the sixth grade. The stability is important to me … it’s home.”
The Red Ravens have struggled the last couple of years … but last year’s meltdown was epic. Coffeyville climbed to as high as No. 3 in the country when almost 10,000 fans came out to Veterans Stadium to watch them host Butler last October in a No. 2 vs. No. 3 showdown. Coffeyville, 6-0 at the time, blew an early lead, lost, and didn’t win again the rest of the season. High-profile transfers Duron Carter (Ohio State) and Nu’Keese Richardson (Tennessee) turned out to be busts and Dulin ended the year on the hot seat. Adding Foster could add the stability the program needs … or simply usher Dulin out the door if he can’t get it together. Either way, they need to win. Upside is I doubt they’ll be picked higher than fourth, so there’s massive room for improvement.
Full disclosure: I played for Foster at CCC in 1996-1997 … the stories from which only make me feel like this dude: