College Sports

Former football coach Bob Foster returns to UC Davis

Former UC Davis football coach Bob Foster has returned as a consultant during spring practice, which began Tuesday.

Foster, 75, was on the Aggies’ staff for 20 years and also worked as an assistant at Oregon, Cal and Colorado.

Aggies coach Ron Gould said Foster will participate in staff meetings, observe practices, watch film and serve as a mentor to the football staff.

Foster was a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator under the late Jim Sochor. He was head coach from 1989-92 when the Aggies were 30-11-1 and won three Northern California Athletic Conference titles and twice went to the Division II playoffs.

Foster and Gould worked under Jeff Tedford at Cal. Foster coached linebackers in 2002, then again in 2006. He was defensive coordinator under former UCD player and assistant coach Mike Bellotti at Oregon from 1998-99. He was a linebackers coach under Dan Hawkins, another former Aggies player and assistant coach, at Colorado in 2009.

Foster was an Aggies running back from 1958-61 and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC Davis. He is in the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame and the team center at Aggie Stadium is named in his honor.

The Aggies will hold spring drills until March 12 before taking a break and resuming March 28-April 16.

Hornets open spring practice Tuesday – Sacramento State, which recently hired former Eastern Washington and Washington State coach Paul Wulff as an assistant head coach, will open spring football season Tuesday.

The Hornets will host three scrimmages: March 19 at Inderkum High School, April 2 at an undetermined site and April 9 at Hornet Stadium. The annual spring game is April 16 at Hornet Stadium.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP