Emilie Foster
Emilie Foster
Title: Volunteer Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach

Legendary Trinity women’s tennis coach and former player Emilie Foster ‘69 returns to campus as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the Tiger women’s tennis program.

Coach Foster will assist women’s Head Coach Gretchen Rush ‘86, one of her former players, with Trinity’s practices and dual matches. 

Coach Foster led the NCAA Division I Trinity team from 1979-1990, and amassed a record of 259-94 (.734). The Tigers finished as national runner-up in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) in 1981 and at the 1983 NCAA Championships. Trinity also finished in third place five times in the course of her career.

She coached 10 All-Americans, including Coach Rush and Louise Allen ‘84 who won the 1983 NCAA Doubles Championship. That same year, Coach Foster was selected as the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association (now the Intercollegiate Tennis Association).

Coach Foster was inducted into the 2000 ITA Women’s College Tennis Hall of Fame and to the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. The following year, she was elected to the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

As a Trinity player, the former Emilie Burrer captured the USTA Collegiate Singles and Doubles Championships in 1968 and 1969, with partner Becky Vest. The Tigers also won the USTA Team Championships in 1968 and 1969. She also represented the United States at the 1967 Pan American Games and was a member of the U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team.

Coach Foster earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Trinity in 1969.

On the pro circuit, Coach Foster was the fourth-ranked doubles player in the nation and the 13th-ranked singles competitor. Coach Foster advanced to the singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals of the 1969 U.S. Open. She later played for the Houston E-Z Riders of World TeamTennis in 1974.

Coach Foster began her coaching career at Arizona State University as a graduate assistant, and then became head coach at Texas Tech University.

After completing her coaching duties at Trinity, Coach Foster became a biomechanist. She was recognized internationally for her work in stroke production and sports movement.

Coach Foster attended Jefferson High School in San Antonio and won the 1965 state singles championship. She was also tabbed as the Texas Tennis Player of the Year. 

She has an adult son, Curtis, who attends law school.