Northern Oklahoma College has hired Alan Foster as the school’s new athletic director.
Foster comes to NOC after serving as assistant athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at Midway University, an NAIA school in Midway, Kentucky.
“I would like to thank President Evans, Jason Johnson (Vice President for Student Affairs), and the rest of the search committee for their part in my selection as the next Athletic Director at Northern Oklahoma College,” Foster said. “I am very excited to join Northern Oklahoma College. I look forward to continuing to build on the success that the athletic program has experienced in the past.”
“These last two years at Midway University coaching some incredible young ladies have been arguably the most enjoyable of my 30 years,” Foster added. “It was going to take a very special opportunity for me to leave. I believe that the future at NOC is so promising and I look forward to being a part of it.”
NOC President Dr. Cheryl Evans said, “We welcome Alan to the Northern family. I am confident that with his years of experience as an athletic director, Alan will help the Jets and Mavericks athletic teams continue their successful legacies by focusing on degree completion and competitive programs. I believe the coaches, athletes, and fans will enjoy interacting with him too.”
Jason Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs, said he is excited for what Foster can bring to NOC.
“I am excited with the opportunity to get to work with Alan and continue with the great tradition of Northern Athletics,” Johnson said. “Alan brings many years of athletic experience and will be an asset to our institution.”
Foster previously spent 18 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
During his 18 seasons with the Warriors, Foster amassed 292 victories, which has him at No. 20 among the NAIA Division I men’s basketball winningest active coaches.
While serving as the head men’s basketball coach at Bacone, Foster also served as the Athletic Director for the Warriors beginning in September 2007. Foster also was the Assistant Athletic Director from September 2000 until September 2007.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Bacone in April 2000, Foster spent eight seasons at Kemper Military Junior College in Boonville, Missouri. He was the assistant men’s basketball coach for the first two years before becoming the head coach in August 1994.
Foster got his start in the college ranks at State Fair Community College where he served as an assistant coach under Missouri Hall of Fame coach, Bill Barton.
He got his start in coaching as a student assistant at his alma mater, Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. He was on the coaching staff from 1986-1988 and was part of the Lions National Tournament Team.
Foster holds a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration from East Central University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University.
Alan and his wife, Sonya, have two sons, Ryan Hieronymus and Riley Foster, and one daughter, Reyd Foster.
Foster replaces Jeremy Hise whose last day at Northern was July 14.
Foster will begin his duties July 27.
Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.
NOC, a public two-year community college, serves 5,700 students on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online, and the University Center in Ponca City. Of these students about 60% receive financial aid and/or scholarships.
NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science. The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.
Call (580) 628-6200 for more information about Northern Oklahoma College or visit www.noc.edu .