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Little League Legacy: The Inspiration Behind a Career Coach

By Carla Morris

Buddy Foster-1Ask an athlete about his or her most memorable coach, and a story about personal investment usually unfolds.

For Greenville University’s Head Softball Coach Buddy Foster, “most memorable” honors go to his very first coach, a little leaguer whose young team lost every game it played that summer.

To this day, Buddy recalls the man’s patience and encouragement: “[He] probably shaped me more than anyone. Having someone who taught us the game while not focusing on wins and losses really allowed me to enjoy playing.”

That enjoyment fueled Buddy’s 20-year coaching career in Division I softball where he guided multiple teams to national tournaments.

Unseen Impact

In a nutshell, Buddy’s story reveals the influence of “coach” to

  • shape character,
  • inspire a lifetime love for the game,
  • leave long lasting impressions, and
  • deliver transformative life lessons about accountability, respect for others and self-disciplines.

Just as Buddy drew inspiration for teaching and guiding from his first coach, he drew “how to” insights about shaping character and skills through Greenville University’s all online master’s in coaching program.

Cultivating Transformation

“There is no question that it changed the way I approach coaching,” he says. “Although I never really considered myself a ‘transactional’ coach, there were certainly times where I became one for sure. The program really led me to evaluate how I approached my players and taught me to take a more transformational approach.”

Buddy learned to assess how he could use his influence on the field to help his players grow as individuals, and growth typically sets the stage for results.

“I want the players to leave here after four years and say they had a tremendous all-around experience while playing for the program,” he says.

Learn More

To learn more about Greenville University’s master’s in coaching program, email Shannan Bernico at, or call 618-664-6751.

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This story was published on November 09, 2017

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