July 15, 2013
THE FLATS – A standout Yellow Jacket during her playing days, helping Georgia Tech reach unprecedented heights in women’s basketball, Deja Foster has been promoted to assistant coach, head coach MaChelle Joseph announced Monday.
Foster finished her career in 2011 as half of the then-winningest class in Yellow Jacket history. Foster, who was hired as a graduate manager in May, earned her degree in business management from Georgia Tech in 2011. The Memphis, Tenn., native became just the second Yellow Jacket to ever receive the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
“I am very excited to add Deja Foster to our women’s basketball staff,” Joseph said. “Deja was one of the toughest players I ever coached. Her work ethic and desire to be successful on the court and in the classroom were unparalleled. She is a tremendous role model for our student-athletes and the epitome of what a Georgia Tech basketball players should be. I have complete confidence that Deja will be an impact member of our Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff and family.”
Foster and teammate Alex Montgomery finished their four-year careers with four 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament berths, including a then-program-best fifth seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The duo tallied 91 career wins and a .689 career winning percentage, both of which were school records for a graduating class. During her senior season, Foster helped Tech to a school-record 24 wins and a 13-game winning streak.
Deja Foster graduated as half of the winningest class in Georgia Tech history.
“I am incredibly lucky to be an assistant coach at my alma mater,” Foster said. “I am also extremely honored and excited about this opportunity Coach Joseph has given me. I plan to remain a sponge, soaking up as much knowledge as I can with all of the experience that surrounds me.”
During her four-year career, Foster played in 121 games and started 73. She converted nearly 45 percent of her field goal attempts and finished with 799 points. Foster added 561 rebounds, 252 assists and 180 steals for the Yellow Jackets.
Foster was a three-time co-captain for the Yellow Jackets and excelled in the classroom as well, earning Dean’s List honors six times and was named to the 2010 All-ACC Academic Team.