Former Show Low High School head football coach and White Mountain Independent and Payson Roundup sports writer Max Foster is to be inducted into the Payson High School Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in ceremonies at the Matazal Hotel & Casino in Payson.
Foster was head football coach at SLHS in 1983 and ’84. In his first year, he led the Cougars to what was then the best season in school history, finishing 8-2, winning the East Region championship, earning a berth in the state tournament, being state ranked as high as third and beating arch rival Snowflake 14-7. All were firsts for the Cougar program. His 1984 team finished 5-4.
Foster also coached girls softball, track and field, football and basketball at Show Low Junior High School.
The 1982 boys basketball team won the White Mountain League Championship, finished 22-5 and earned a berth in the Basketball Congress International (BCI) National tournament. In it, the junior Cougars played a first round match against a New York City junior high all-star team, Riverside Church.
The Cougars, behind Rusty Nikolaus, played Riverside on even terms before falling in the final quarter.
Foster and Jan Crook co-coached the school’s track team to several WML titles.
He taught math courses at SJLHS from 1976-84.
He went on to teach in the Payson Unified School District, coach at Payson High and was the sports editor at the Payson Roundup before retiring in 2013.