Foster leaving Jourdanton for La Vernia

Ariana Foster encourages Emma Dorroh fighting for a loose ball during a game with Poteet in 2021. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

After three years at the helm of the Jourdanton girl’s basketball program, Ariana Foster is moving to a new job.

Foster accepted the job of Head Coach of the La Vernia cheerleading squad on Thursday, April 8. The Jourdanton alum compiled a record of 45-33 and two district titles during her three years at her alma mater.

Leaving her hometown is a bittersweet moment.

“It’s super bittersweet,” Foster said. “It was a hard decision. It was honestly the hardest decision I’ve had to make.”

The 2012 grad of Jourdanton earned back-to-back Coach of the Year honors in District 27-3A between 2019 and 2020.

Foster noted the amount of multi-sport athletes at La Vernia that also participate in cheer. After coaching multiple sports in her three years at Jourdanton and one at Poteet, Foster hopes to use that experience at La Vernia.

“I can personally see how much I’ve grown in the past four years and three years as a head coach,” Foster added. “Just from year one as a Head Coach to year three, I feel I’ve grown as a coach because of the girls and all they’ve taught me. I feel everything I’ve learned from basketball, the girls, the coaching staff, Jourdanton, I’m just going to apply all of those things and take everything with me to La Vernia and help grow that program. … I’m super excited for this new opportunity.”

Foster’s primary duty will be with cheer, but she added she may become an assistant for the La Vernia track team. That potential role had not been finalized at the time of publication. 

Foster has served as an assistant track coach for Jourdanton and also competed as a hurdler during her time as a prep athlete. Foster qualified for the regional meet in 2012 in the 300-meter hurdles and finished third, just missing a chance at state.

She looks forward to any new challenges coming her way at her new post.

“I’m super excited, especially being a bigger school,” Foster said. “I know a lot of the girls there compete in other sports outside of cheer, as well. They’re always going to compete and take it to the next level. Hopefully I can be a part of the track program. I know they have a great program in every sport on the girl’s side. I’m just really excited for this new opportunity.”

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