34 Jim Foster
34 Jim Foster
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 9 years
Education: B.A., Providence, 1993

"If you're looking for a coach that accomplishes a lot with not much in terms of resources, look no further than Foster. Foster guided the Rams to a 34-16 record in his first season with the program back in '06. He also led the Rams to 31 wins in '08 before taking a huge step forward [in 2009] with a 37-20 record. URI also should've made an NCAA regional [that year] after recording a few marquee wins. Foster isn't dealing with a full 11.7 scholarships, but still is finding ways to win. That's impressive."

- Kendall Rogers, Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com

"It's nothing short of incredible what coach Jim Foster has managed to do there... URI does a tremendous job allocating resources and getting the most out of its talent."

- Aaron Fitt, Baseball America

"URI is a very good baseball team. They are not average, they are very good and they are going to be very difficult in the very near future. I was very impressed with them."

Mike Martin, Florida State head coach/ABCA Hall of Famer

“Jim Foster does such a great job with that program. They don’t just play the game hard, they play the game right. They are able to catch it and throw it. They used two pitchers today, that doesn’t happen in the SEC. They come in as a visitor and only use six pitchers the whole weekend and were in every single game. You have to tip your hat to them. I’m proud of our guys and the way we hung in there."

- Mike Bianco, Ole Miss head coach

Jim Foster - Coaching Honors/Accomplishments

  • Became Rhode Island baseball's all-time winningest coach (5/13/14)
  • Victory over #22 Notre Dame (2013)
  • Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champions (2013)
  • Victory over #29 College of Charleston (2012) 
  • Named the A-10’s best coach in College Baseball Insider’s preseason preview (2012, 2010) 
  • Posted six consecutive 30-win seasons for the first time in program history (2008-13) 
  • Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2011) 
  • Victories over #19 Connecticut and #20 College of Charleston (2011) 
  • Head Coach of University Team at 37th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game (2011) 
  • Named the A-10’s Coach on the Rise in Rivals.com’s preseason preview (2010) 
  • Back-to-back wins over #27 Charlotte (2010) 
  • Set new URI record with 37 wins (2009) 
  • Victories over #8 Miami, #11 Oklahoma State and #25 Ohio State (2009) 
  • College Baseball Insider National Coach of the Year honorable mention (2009) 
  • New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Coach of the Year (2009) 
  • Head Coach of University Team at 35th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game (2009) 
  • Words Unlimited Men’s Sports Coach of the Year (2009) 
  • BoSox Club award for Top-Ranked Division I Baseball Team in New England (2009) 
  • Named the A-10’s best coach in College Baseball Insider’s preseason preview (2009) 
  • Named the A-10’s Coach on the Rise in Rivals.com’s preseason preview (2009) 
  • Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champions (2006) 
  • NCAA Pitching Coach of the Year nominee (2005) 
  • 2005 Atlantic 10 Champions, URI’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth

Jim Foster - By The Numbers

  • Atlantic 10 All-Conference Selections - 28
  • NEIBA All-New England Selections - 21
  • Consecutive A-10 Championship Appearances - 8 (2006-13)
  • Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team Selections - 10 
  • Wins over Nationally-Ranked Teams - 9
  • MLB Draft Picks - 9
  • Years at Rhode Island - 9
  • Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Selections - 9
  • Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Selections - 8
  • All-Americans - 3
  • ABCA All-Region Selections - 3  
  • Atlantic 10 Pitchers of the Year - 3 
  • Atlantic 10 Players of the Year - 2 
  • ECAC All-Stars - 2
  • ABCA Gold Glove Award Winners - 1
  • Lowe’s Senior Class Award Candidates - 1  
  • NCBWA District I Player of the Year - 1
  • Players to Reach the Majors - 1

2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Jim Foster is the winningest coach in program history, with a 268-230-3 (.538) record over his nine years in Kingston.

The Warwick, R.I. native has continued to build URI into one of the premier collegiate baseball programs in the Northeast. In just nine seasons as head coach, he has raised over $2 million for facility renovations and additions, most recently constructing an indoor hitting facility along the right field side of Bill Beck Field.

Also in this time, Foster has guided the Rams to nine wins over nationally-ranked opponents while posting six-consecutive 30-win seasons (2008-13) for the first time in school history.

Additionally, he has produced nine MLB draft picks, including the program's highest-ever selection in Eric Smith - who was taken 60th overall in the second round of the 2009 draft. In the summer of 2014, Foster saw his first player make it to the majors when left handed pitcher Nick Greenwood earned the win in his MLB debut for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Foster has become known for challenging his club with games against the nation's best competition, traveling to take on the No. 1 team in four of the past five seasons (Florida State-2012, Florida-2011, Virginia-2010). Additionally, Foster’s Rams visited the two teams that vied for the 2014 national title (Vanderbilt & Virginia), four of the eight teams that advanced to the 2012 College World Series (Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Stony Brook) and five of the eight 2011 CWS participants (California, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Vanderbilt).

In 2013, URI opened the season with the most difficult schedule in the nation as the Rams were the only team in the country to play eight consecutive road games against top-10 teams (three at #9 Florida State, three at #8 Ole Miss, two at #5 Mississippi State).

The Rams also made their 11th-consecutive appearance at the Atlantic 10 tournament in 2013 - which was the longest active streak among any conference team. Led by 2013 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Sean Furney, Rhode Island finished the regular season ranked sixth in the nation in Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (7.05) and had the country's eighth-best WHIP average (1.13). Individually, freshman starter Steve Moyers finished regular season play ranked fifth among all NCAA Division I players with just 5.43 hits allowed per nine inning pitched.

Offensively, the Rams were paced by Senior CLASS Award Candidate Mike LeBel as well as Preseason All-American Jeff Roy, who was later selected in the 2013 MLB Draft

In 2010, Foster saw Tim Boyce receive one of the league's top honors as he was named the A-10 Pitcher of the Year. A two-time National Pitcher of the Week in 2010, Boyce turned in the nation's longest streak his senior season as he pitched 37.2 consecutive scoreless innings from April 30-May 26. During that span, he turned in three straight complete-game shutouts while holding opponents to a .109 batting average.

After a banner year in 2009 - where Foster's club notched victories over No. 8 Miami, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Ohio State - the Rams began to draw national attention while turning in a program-best 37 wins and a trip to the Atlantic 10 title game.

With just two seniors on the team, URI put together what, arguably, is best season in Rhode Island baseball history. Rhody saw seven players collect All-Conference honors, including A-10 Player of the Year and Ping!Baseball National Team honorable mention Dan Rhault. Four Rams earned NEIBA All-New England honors while Nick Greenwood was an ABCA Northeast Region selection and the A-10's first-ever recipient of a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

For URI's successes in 2009, Foster was recognized by CollegeBaseballInsider.com as an honorable mention for the organization's National Coach of the Year award. He also was named the 2009 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I Coach of the Year - in voting conducted among the association's 17 Division I head coaches - and received the 2009 Words Unlimited Male Coach of the Year award.

As a team, Rhode Island was recognized as the Top-Ranked Division I Baseball Team in New England by the BoSox Club, the official booster club of the Boston Red Sox.

In his first year at Rhode Island, Foster posted an impressive 34-16 record, including a 19-6 finish in the Atlantic 10. The Rams claimed their fourth-consecutive regular-season title and had seven different individuals named to the All-Conference team - including 2006 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Steve Holmes, who led the nation with a 1.30 ERA.

Foster served as Rhode Island's pitching coach and also worked with the team's catchers prior to his appointment as head coach. The Rams' earned run average ranked them in the top-35 nationally in both 2005 and 2006 as three of Foster's pitchers went on to sign professional contracts in the two-year span (Zack Zuercher/St. Louis Cardinals/2005, Mick Lefort/Chicago Cubs/2005 and Steve Holmes/New York Mets/2006). For his efforts, Foster was nominated for the 2005 NCAA Pitching Coach of the Year award.

Also in 2005, Foster helped lead Rhode Island to the Atlantic 10 Championship title as well as the program's first trip to the NCAA Regionals, finishing the season with a 34-21 record (18-6 in the Atlantic 10).

Foster was an All-Big East and two-time All-New England selection at Providence. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and spent seven years with the organization. He also played in the Arizona Diamondbacks, Anaheim Angels and Chicago White Sox farm systems. He was named Baseball Weekly's Minor League Catcher of the Year in 1997 and was named to the Topps All-Rookie Team in 1993.

Foster retired after spending 10 years in the minor leagues. He then spent two years as an assistant coach at Brown where he served as hitting coach and worked with the team's catchers.

Updated: 6/25/14