Chris Foster enters his 11th season as a member of the coaching staff and sixth as a full-time assistant coach in 2016. Foster, who recently retired from the Air Force, is a 1989 graduate of the Academy with a degree in engineering mechanics. He also earned an MBA and a master of military operational arts and science; was a distinguished graduate of both Squadron Officers School and the Air Command and Staff College; and is a graduate of Air War College.
A four-year starter for Air Force, Foster is No. 2 on AFA’s career list for points (139) and goals (54) and the program’s career assist leader (31). He was a four-time all-conference selection, three-time all-region selection, earned All-America honors in 1988, and represented the West in the College Senior Bowl. At graduation, he was the first soccer player to receive the USAFA Male Athlete of the Year award. He was a member of the 1989 University Games Team, played on the U.S. National “B” Team (1988-90) and represented the United States on the Senior Division National Team.
Following graduation, Foster was stationed at the Academy as an instructor and assistant soccer coach and played professionally for the Colorado Foxes in the APSL’s inaugural season. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Ariz., where he was awarded the Daedalian Trophy for flying excellence, and was stationed at Holloman AFB, N.M., where he played for the New Mexico Chiles in the USISL.
Foster has been stationed at Bitburg and Spangdahlem AB, Germany; Tyndall and Eglin AFB, Fla.; RAF Valley, Wales; Langley AFB, Va., and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He is a command pilot with over 1,500 hours in the F-15C, including over 250 combat hours. Prior to his retirement, he was the 306 FTG Liaison to the Academy and an instructor pilot at the Academy airfield.
Foster is the father of two children, Christopher and Kylie.