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Ohio State's Jim Foster won't return

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Ohio State women's basketball coach Jim Foster will not return next season, athletic director and associate vice president Gene Smith announced.

Foster was 279-82 in 11 seasons at Ohio State and is the program's winningest coach in terms of victories and winning percentage (.772). He won six consecutive conference championships from 2005-10 and appeared in 10 consecutive NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State was Foster's third stop in a 35-year career, which began at St. Joseph's and continued to Vanderbilt. He won 783 games and is one of two coaches in men's or women's college basketball with at least 200 wins at three different schools.

"Jim Foster has meant so much to so many over his career," Smith said. "His work in mentoring young people on and off the court has been exceptional. The Ohio State women's basketball program was made better under Jim's leadership over the last 11 years. He and (wife) Donna have been wonderful representatives of our university and we wish them the best."

Smith said a national search will begin immediately for Foster's replacement.

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