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Oklahoma high school football: Hall of Fame coach Barry Foster dies

Barry Foster, an Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame football coach who spent time across multiple stops in southwest Oklahoma, died Saturday due to complications from COVID-19. He was 59. 

Foster is most known for his 24 seasons at Rush Springs, including three as head coach, but he also had stops in Cache, Duncan and Marlow. He served as president of the Oklahoma Coaches Association from 2004-05, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. He was also president of the Football Coaches Association. 

Foster's family asks in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Oklahoma Coaches Association in his name. His memorial service will be a private family gathering on at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. The service will be streamed on Facebook Live for friends to view. 

There will be a celebration of Foster's life on May 9, 2021, his 60th birthday. More details will be announced in the coming months. 

Reporter Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at or by using the link at the top of this page.

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›