Harold "Bud" Foster was part of the University of Wisconsin athletic program for more than five decades. Foster's involvement started as a basketball player for fellow Hall member Walter Meanwell from 1929-30. He earned all conference and All American honors in 1930.
Foster briefly played pro basketball in Chicago and Oshkosh, but later returned to the University of Wisconsin to succeed Meanwell as coach of the Badgers. Under Foster, the University of Wisconsin won three Big Ten titles and a national championship in 1941. He remained at Wisconsin as a coach and administrator.