MURRAY -- The comparisons to his predecessor will be inevitable, but Wyatt Foust has every intention of carving his own legacy as head coach of the Murray Lady Tigers.
Foust, who most recently was an assistant coach for the Owensboro Catholic boys basketball team after three years as the girls head coach at Notre Dame Academy, was named on Tuesday as the new head coach for the Lady Tigers. He'll take over for Rechelle Turner, who accepted the Murray State University's women's basketball coaching position in March.
And after introducing him to his new players and their family members, Foust made it clear that he wants to continue Murray's reign of region dominance, but in his own way.
"The big thing is, if i try to emulate what coach Turner did, it won't work," he said. "I have to do what I do and let the kids know that if they know I care about them and build a lot of belief and buy-in within the players, I think it's reciprocal and they'll buy in to me and the program and the culture. Culture isn't built immediately, but you can build identity immediately. We'll start doing that and if we do things the right way, the culture will work itself out."
He may be only 27 years old, but Foust brings to Murray plenty of experience. He has coached collegiately at Kentucky Wesleyan University as an assistant, and later coached Notre Dame Academy's girls to a 54-35 record in his three years.
Following his stay in the northern Kentucky area, he ventured back to the western part of the state as an assistant on Owensboro Catholic's boys team. Now traveling even more west, he's acquired the experience that he feels makes him the viable candidate for the Lady Tiger coaching position.
"It's not necessarily about the years, it's what you do in those years," he said. "I'd like to think that I've worked hard enough to make up more than the difference of what my age shows."
Foust will inherit a Lady Tiger team that has won the First Region Tournament and advanced to the KHSAA state semifinals in each of the past two seasons. Half of the rotation players from last year's team will soon graduate, but Murray will bring back three players who have made multiple All-Purchase teams.
Among those are Murray State commits Macey Turley and Lex Mayes, who will lead the team along with forward Alexis Burpo.
He knows their pedigree, and Foust will look to build on Murray's organized chaos style of play.
"When I was at the state tournament, what you get from the state is how tough the kids are how they aren't just athletes, but student-athletes and the kind of kids you want to be around," he said.
With plans of being moved in to Murray on May 24, Foust will start practice that day and hopes to have a coaching staff in store by June.