BARTOW BIO: Foster can’t seem to escape Purple Hurricanes, and he’s OK with that

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Because Conor Foster’s family bleeds purple, it’s only fitting that he was named the new head football coach of the Cartersville High Purple Hurricanes. 

Both of his parents taught in the Cartersville City School System. He is a graduate of CHS, is married to a CHS teacher, began teaching there himself five years ago and has now taken over the football program. 

I have wanted to be a teacher and coach my whole life, largely because I witnessed firsthand the impact that my parents have had on our community,” Foster said. “I hope to make the same type of impact on generations of Canes.”

Name: Conor Foster
Age: 36
Occupational title: Head football coach at Cartersville High School
City of residence: Cartersville


Education: Bachelor of Science in education, the University of Georgia; Master of Science in education, Troy University; education specialist, Valdosta State University 


Family: Wife, Kim Foster, a teacher at Cartersville High School; daughters, Madi, 4, and Chloe, 2 months; and son, Baylor, 2


Daily Tribune News: When did you start working for Cartersville City Schools, and why did you want to teach/coach there?

Conor Foster: I started working for Cartersville City Schools in August of 2014. I am a product of Cartersville City Schools, where both of my parents served our community as teachers. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to have the opportunity to give back to our community as a teacher and coach.


DTN: Where have you taught/coached, how long were you at each and what subjects did you teach and sports did you coach?

CF: I taught social studies and coached at Apalachee High School for seven years, where I served as a football and baseball coach. During my time at Apalachee, I coached quarterbacks, defensive line and the secondary. Next, I was blessed with the opportunity to join Coach Teague’s staff at Carrollton High School. I was only there one year, but we played for a state championship in football and won the state championship in baseball. Finally, Coach [Joey] King gave me the chance to join his staff as the defensive coordinator here in Cartersville. I have served CCS as a sixth-grade social studies teacher and weight room instructor, and I am now the head football coach. I am very grateful to have been surrounded by great leaders, friends and mentors throughout my career.


DTN: What was it like for you to be named head football coach at your alma mater? 

CF: It has been a tremendous blessing. The community support has been extremely humbling. The Lord has taken us on an amazing journey to bring us back home. His provisions are always perfect. It is truly an honor to be able to say that I was, am and always will be a Purple Hurricane.


DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job and why, and what do you like least about it and why?

CF: I love the platform that football has provided me with to affect change in the lives of our young men. The game is a powerful tool that teaches us hard work, discipline, tenacity and servanthood. I love to compete, and I love everything about the game of football. However, our greatest wins are in the hearts and lives of the young men that we serve.

My least favorite part of being the head coach is all the paperwork associated with running the program. Thankfully, we have a tremendous football staff and outstanding administrative support.


DTN: What has been your proudest moment as a teacher/coach, and why was it your proudest?

CF: My proudest moment as a coach was winning the state championship in 2015. That night, we battled a Buford team that was bigger and more individually talented, but our young men persevered in a manner that I believe has inspired a young generation of Canes to greatness. To be a part of a team that has the distinction of hanging state championship numbers on the bricks of Weinman Stadium is a tremendous honor.


DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words? 

CF: Called, passionate and relentless


DTN: What would the title of your autobiography be and why?

CF:Blessed Beyond Measure”


DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

CF: Hunting and fishing are my hobbies, but my wife was actually the first person to take me hunting.


DTN: If you could visit any period or event in the past, what would you choose and why?

CF: As a former social studies teacher, this question has always intrigued me. I have always been fascinated by the Roman Empire. It would be amazing to see an event at the Coliseum or to see the rise and fall of Julius Caesar. However, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus would ultimately be the event that I would most like the opportunity to witness. The Roman Empire had a tremendous historical impact, and I believe it is extremely important to study the past so that we can develop a better understanding of our world today.


DTN: Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what is the one thing you most look forward to accomplishing?

CF: My wife and I started working on a bucket list several years back. One of the items that my wife felt very strongly about was to “win a state championship.” At the time, I was hesitant to agree to adding this item to our list because I have known so many good men and great coaches that have never had the opportunity to coach a team that was even close to winning a state championship. The following year, we played for and lost the state championship at Carrollton, and we thought that we may have missed our best chance. Two years later, our family and this community flooded the Georgia Dome with purple as we took on our rival, Buford. We would go on to defeat the mighty Buford Wolves that night and win the first of two state championships for Cartersville.


DTN: If you could have dinner with any historical figure or celebrity, past or present, who would you pick and why?

CF: I would have dinner with my grandfather, Edward Futrell. He was a longtime head football coach and teacher in Michigan. He, along with my dad, is my hero.  I think about him every time I walk on the field. He taught me the game, and his passion for improving lives through athletics and education still inspires me. I love him and miss him.