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James V. Foth (born October 6, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was an American basketball player and teacher/coach. His athletic achievements as a standout high school varsity boys basketball player at Washington High School in Vinton, Iowa were published in the PREP ALL-AMERICA BASKETBALL YEARBOOK 1973-74 Edition [1] a national volume honoring America’s top high school boys basketball players compiled by Coach & Athlete Magazine. His selection was announced by the editors of Coach & Athlete Magazine [2] and the Cedar Valley Daily Times newspaper in Vinton, Iowa on May 20, 1974[3]. He also excelled in academics, having been elected to the prestigious Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1976-77 in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. He is the all-time winningest varsity boys tennis coach[4] in Marion High School history (Marion, Iowa). In 2010, James V. Foth started a sporting goods company called GamePlan-1 Sports, LLC [5]in Fairfax, Iowa.

Prep Basketball Career

James V. Foth was selected by Coach & Athlete Magazine for the Prep All-America Basketball Yearbook for 1973-74 Edition on the basis of outstanding athletic performance, sportsmanship and leadership ability on his high school team. He was a varsity starter in two different sports on two Vinton, Iowa WaMaC Conference Championship teams, one in boys basketball (1974), and one in boys baseball (1973). He was also a starting guard on the Vinton WaMaC Conference Sophomore Boys Basketball Championship team (1972). Beside his success as a contributing member on several Vinton WaMaC Conference Championship teams, he was also a very successful athlete when it came to individual player accomplishments and honors including his name displayed on the Vinton Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 1974) brick wall in the Washington High School gymnasium.

He earned two varsity letters in boys basketball and helped Vinton win the 1974 WaMaC Conference Boys Basketball Championship with a 13W-1L league record, and a 15W-4L. He was team co-captain, with an 18.0 points per game average as a Senior, including a career best 30 points scored against Marion High School in February of 1974. He was featured as a Boys Basketball Prep Player of the Week by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Newspaper, Wednesday, February 6,1974. James V. Foth was a unanimous selection to the 1974 All-WaMaC Conference Boys Basketball First Team by a vote of league coaches after finishing 3rd in WaMaC Conference scoring with 20.3 scoring average. He was a 1974 Iowa All-State Boys Basketball Honorable Mention selection by Iowa Daiily Press Association.

In his Junior season, Foth was a 1973 All-WaMaC Conference Boys Basketball Honorable Mention selection, finishing in the top 10 in league scoring with an average of 13.8 ppg, while also winning the WaMaC Conference Free-Throw Championship shooting 80.0% He helped Vinton win the Class-2A District Championship in the 1973 Iowa High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Tournament by scoring 29 points in a game against Grinnell High School. The Vinton boys basketball team then advanced to the sub-state semi-final round game played March 2nd of that year at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (aka: The BARN) in Des Moines, Iowa where they were eliminated by No. 9 ranked Marshalltown High School. Foth was the leading scorer in the game that evening, finishing with a game high 20 points for Vinton.

As a Sophomore he average 18.8 ppg for the Vikings 1972 WaMaC Conference Sophomore Boys Basketball Champions 12W-2L, 16W-2L, and scored a season high 38 points (2-25-72) vs North High, West Union. He was elevated to the Vinton varsity boys basketball team for the 1972 Iowa High School Athletic Association Class-2A District tournament game versus state ranked Oelwein High School in March 1972.

Foth was also an outfielder?right handed pitcher, and a two year varsity letter winner in boys baseball at Washington HS in 1972-73. He was the starting left fielder for Vinton on the 1973 WaMaC Conference Boys Baseball Co-Championship team that finished with a 11W-3L record in league play and shared the loop crown with Marion HS. The 1973 WaMaC Conference boys baseball championship was the first varsity boys baseball conference title in Vinton High School history (at the time).

Collegiate Basketball Player

James V. Foth played mens basketball and mens tennis at NCAA Division III Upper Iowa University located in Fayette, Iowa. He was a three-year varsity letter winner in mens basketball for the Peacocks, and a two-year varsity letter winner in mens tennis. In his first year at Upper Iowa University, Foth was selected Outstanding Freshman Basketball Player 1974-75 by a vote of the Peacock mens basketball team after averaging 14.1 points per game for the Junior Varsity team, and being elevated to the varsity roster for all games after the first semester break. In his Sophomore and Junior seasons, he had several high scoring varsity games, which included scoring a then career best 23 points in a varsity mens basketball game versus Buena Vista University. He became a full-time starter the beginning of 2nd semester in his Junior year. In his final basketball season at Upper Iowa University in 1978, he was a starting guard on the varsity mens basketball team that posted one of the highest win totals for a season in UIU school history with sixteen (16W-10L). James Foth was team captain of the 1978 Upper Iowa University mens basketball team, averaging 13.6 points per game his Senior season. He scored a career high 33 points in a December 6, 1977 varsity mens basketball game against Iowa Wesleyan College in Fayette, IA. Foth was selected to 1978 All-Iowa Conference Honorable Mention Mens Basketball Team by vote of mens Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball coaches.

His intercollegiate mens tennis career at Upper Iowa University included leading the UIU varsity mens tennis team in victoriesfor the 1977 season with 12, and finishing in 4th place in the Iowa Conference Mens Tennis Tournament at No. 5 singles that Spring. For two straight seasons, in 1976 and 1977, Foth victories for the Peacocks in singles tennis matches accounted for all of the UIU team points scored at the Iowa Conference Mens Tennis Tournament.

Academic Background

Foth is a 1974 graduate of Washington High School in Vinton, Iowa where he was a Senior class officer, and a 1978 graduate of Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in physical education and recreation. While a student at Upper Iowa University he was a UIU Academic Scholarship recipient, and elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1976-77 [6]. One of the most prestigious collegiate award recognition programs in the United States. He then earned a Master of Science degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1981. He also was a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa from 1986 thru 1990 while enrolled in Ph.D. graduate studies in administration and supervision of physical education.

Teacher and Athletic Director

James V. Foth is owner and Chief Executive Officer of GamePlan-1 Sports, LLC located in Fairfax, IA. Before founding GamePlan-1 Sports, LLC in January of 2010, Foth was an educator, athletic administrator and coach with over 30 years of combined coaching, teaching and athletic administrative experience in several secondary and higher education institutions within the State of Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin. In addition to his coaching career, Foth taught physical education?recreation?coaching classes and courses involving multiple topics and subject matter for several decades at secondary and collegiate institutions located in Eastern Iowa. Those institutions of learning included Upper Iowa University, University of Iowa, Coe College and Regis Middle School. He also served many years in the area of athletic administration as an activities/athletic director at several secondary schools (Springville High School and Regis Middle School) in the Cedar Rapids, IA area. Foth retired from both teaching and athletic administration in June 2011 following 10 years of service in the educational system of the Archdiocese of Dubuque at Regis Middle School to assume his current duties as owner and CEO of Gameplan-1 Sports.

Retired Basketball Coach

His first basketball coaching job was as a graduate assistant–volunteer assistant mens basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin during the 1980-81 season. Coach Foth then returned to Upper Iowa University, his alma mater, in 1983 as an assistant mens basketball coach for three seasons. In the summer of 1990, he was named head varsity boys basketball coach at Norway High School in Norway, Iowa where he guided the Tigers thru their final season (against a mostly Class-3A schedule) before the school merged with a neighboring district. Next-up was a three year stint at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he was an assistant mens basketball coach for two seasons and promoted to associate mens basketball coach at the start of his third season.

Following his tenure with the Kohawks, Coach Foth was sophomore boys basketball coach at Marion High School for a year. He then returned to the head varsity boys basketball coaching ranks two years later in 1998 at Central City High School located in Central City, Iowa where he remained for five seasons. At Central City, he rebuilt the Wildcat boys basketball program into a winner by guiding the team to their first winning season (16W-6L record) in over a decade and a 2nd place Tri-Rvers Conference finish in 2003, while also receiving votes for a top 10 ranking in the final Class-1A poll of the season by the Iowa Associated Press. Coach Foth retired from coaching basketball in the summer of 2004.

Tennis Coach

James V. Foth became the head varsity boys tennis coach at Marion High School in Marion, Iowa for a second time in March 2003. His first stint as the varsity boys tennis at Marion High School coach was from 1991 to 1993 where his final team accomplished the first winning season by a varsity boys tennis team in school history in 1993 (5W-1L). Today, nine years after retaking the head coaching position again, Coach Foth is the all-time winningest varsity boys tennis coach in Marion High School history. The 2007 Marion High School varsity boys tennis team had a perfect 9-0 season record, another first for the program, and set a new record for most wins in a season. His current Marion varsity boys tennis teams have posted a 21-5 overall dual meet record for the past 3 seasons [7] with the 2010 team advancing to the IAHSAA Class-1A boys tennis sub-state field, loosing to powerful Davenport Assumption High School at Davenport, Iowa. Coach Foth has also coached the boys tennis team each Fall at two Linn-Mar Middle Schools for the past 17 years. The first 10 years being at Linn-Mar Excelsior Middle School, and the last 7 years coaching at Linn-Mar Oak Ridge Middle School.


  1. ^ PREP ALL-AMERICA BASKETBALL YEARBOOK 1973-74 EDITION, Page 106, ©Copyright 1974 Library of Congress Catalog No. 74-83862
  2. ^ Coach & Athlete Magazine (1974), Dwight Keith, Editor 200 South Hull Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104
  3. ^ Cedar Valley Times Newspaper, Vinton, Iowa Page 4, May 20, 1974
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  6. ^ Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1976-77
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