- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Bill Foster, the only Clemson basketball coach to reach the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight, has died after long bout with Parkinson’s disease. He was 79.

The school announced Foster’s death on Wednesday after receiving a call from his family.

Foster coached at five Division I schools over 30 years. He had 21 winning seasons, including 11 with 20-or-more victories. After stints at the Citadel and Charlotte, Foster arrived at Clemson before the 1975-76 season and remained nine years. He also spent five seasons at Miami and six at Virginia Tech.

Foster was 156-106 during his tenure with the Tigers. His best showing was 1979-80 when he led Clemson to an upset of No. 1 Duke in the regular season and their first-ever NCAA Tournament trip.


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