Robert Foster, a seven-time WAC champion and two-time All-American, joined Fresno State's coaching staff in the fall of 2007 as a volunteer coach for the jumps and hurdles.
A former Bulldog, Foster was the NCAA titlist in the 55-meter hurdles (indoor) and 110-meter hurdles (outdoor) in 1994 and competed in the hurdles at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Foster was the Bulldog's scoring leader in 1993 and 1994 and posted career-bests of 13.53 in the 110m hurdles and 7.11 in the 55m hurdles, both of which are modern-day Fresno State, WAC and NCAA Records.
From 2005 to 2007, Foster coached at Anapolis High School, Dearborne Heights, Mich. Foster's team were back to back conference champions in 2006 and 2007. The Eagles qualified five athletes to the state meet, including his stepdaughter Courtney Castaneda, who took seventh in the long jump. The year before, two of Foster's athletes qualified for the state meet.
Foster attended both Taft and Porterville College prior to transferring to Fresno State where he won the Junior College State Championship in the 110m hurdles for 1992 and 1993. Foster was recently inducted into Porterville College's Hall of Fame.
After shattering Bulldog records, Foster graduated in 1994 with a major in criminology. Foster and wife, Elisa, currently live in Clovis. Castaneda now competes for Fresno State's track and field team.