Colt Foster Earns Clyde Bond Memorial Award

Photo Courtesy: Emma Jurewicz

Colt Foster, a native of Hemingford who recently graduated from Chadron State College with a master’s degree in business administration, is the latest recipient of the Clyde Bond Memorial Award that is based on scholastic and athletic success and character.

Foster was an all-around athlete at Hemingford High School who helped the Bobcats win the Class D-1 football state champion his senior year in 2014.  He also scored more than 1,000 points for the basketball team during his career and was a member of Hemingford’s Class C state championship and third place 4×400-meter relay teams his junior and senior seasons.

Foster had an exceptional football season as a sophomore at Chadron State in 2017, when he caught 42 passes for 561 yards while playing tight end for the Eagles. He earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference second-team honors that fall and was placed on the preseason first-team during voting by the coaches the following summer. 

However, he suffered a season-ended knee injury during the first play that he was on the field in the 2018 season-opener, returned to action but not quite at full speed in 2019 and was expected to be a major force on the team last fall.  However, he again suffered a season-ending foot injury early in the second half of the Eagles’ first game.

Chadron State Head Coach Jay Long said the Eagles definitely missed Foster both times he was injured.  “No team loses one of its best players and not notice it,” Long said, adding that he considered Foster as one of the top tight ends in the nation.

While Foster lost two seasons of college football eligibility, he continued to excel academically. He graduated with honor when he earned his bachelor’s degree in business with emphasis in accounting in December 2019 and received all A’s while earning his master’s degree earlier this month. 

Foster is now employed as an “originator,” someone who buys and sells grain, at Farmer’s Co-Op in his hometown, and says he has lots to learn, but enjoys the job and the people he works with.   

In mid-April this year, Foster was one of two Chadron State football players named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society that recognizes college seniors with outstanding academic records.

The Clyde Bond Award that he received is a prestigious one. It is given in memory of Bond, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., who was a left-handed pitcher for the Eagles’ baseball team.  Bond graduated from Chadron State in 1980 and was attending a Southern Baptist seminary in Louisville, Ky., when he died in an accident while mowing a church lawn in April 1981.

Family and friends established the award. Foster is the 41st recipient at CSC. 

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