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A.D. Foster to take over as Lady Blue Devils\’ coach

By January 4, 2011

Enterprise staff writer

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Athletic Director Dennis Foster, in his first year at Davis High, has been appointed interim Lady Blue Devils basketball coach, school Principal Jacqui Moore announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Foster, who for eight seasons was the boys basketball coach at Natomas High, replaces Jeff Christian as the DHS girls mentor.

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Christian, in the middle of his sixth campaign at the program helm, was terminated by school district officials on Monday after a disputed conflict with two team members.

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Christian had told The Davis Enterprise that star twin sisters Khaliya and Malika Wilkins had been “dismissed … for conduct detrimental to the team.”

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Foster was introduced Tuesday afternoon to his new team. He retains Christian\’s assistant Hilary Brittan, a first-year history instructor at DHS. Foster said he greeted a complete roster of girls at practice, including the Wilkins twins.

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“It was a lot more talking than usual,” Foster said of his initial workout. “But (today) will be a full practice. We have to get ready for St. Francis.”

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Davis travels Thursday to Sacramento for a 7 p.m. contest against the Troubadours. On Saturday, DHS goes to Rosemont.

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The Blue Devils, were cruising along at 9-3, until they hit a giant bump last week at the Dixon Ram Jam. First, they lost in the final seconds to Inderkum High on Tuesday, then had a tumultuous team meeting on Wednesday, which led to the Wilkins twins either being removed from the team by Christian, or leaving in fear.

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Accounts conflict and only the Wilkinses\’ mother, Lorraine, is talking:

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The Wilkins told The Davis Enterprise that her daughters left “for their own safety,” adding they did not quit the team — nor had they been notified of their removal from the roster.

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Wilkins said the first she or her daughters knew of Christian\’s decision last week was “when I read the paper.”

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Wilkins further told The Enterprise that “coach Christian has been targeting my girls for awhile and has been emotionally abusive towards them,” citing examples. She added she would “appeal to the district.”

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After site-administrator meetings on Monday, it was announced by district Associate Superintendent Kevin French that Christian would be removed as girls coach.

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Foster, 33, is a UC Davis graduate who, with wife Rebecca, has a son Andre, a ninth-grader at Holmes Junior High. The Fosters are nine-year Davis residents.

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At Natomas, Foster served as athletic director while guiding the Nighthawks basketball team to a 116-55 record over the past six seasons.

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Foster said “with only 12 games left in the (regular) season” that school and district officials felt he became a logical choice. The school wanted somebody with experience, he added.

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— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

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