What is it with Boston College trying to snatch away URI coaches? According to several reports, the BC Eagles are “on the verge” of bringing in Rhody head baseball coach Jim Foster as their top assistant. College Baseball Daily was one of the first to report the news via Twitter.
— CB Daily (@CB_Daily) July 10, 2014
Obviously, Foster has been extremely successful in Kingston, last year notwithstanding. Even factoring in 2014, the URI coach has racked up a 269-230-3 record in nine seasons, including six straight 30 win seasons from 2008 to 2013. Foster was also named the the 2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, and he’s made the Rams a consistent force in the conference.
And yeah, it’s the ACC and all, but why in the world would Coach Foster want to leave a head coaching gig for an assistant job? BC blog and FanSided friends Soaring to Glory posted their theory, and it make sense:
Obviously since nothing besides two reports of a possible deal between Jim Foster and Boston College has come out of the woodworks yet, there is only room for editorial speculation. Possibly it is not too far out of bounds to believe that if [current] Coach Mike Gambino were to not live up to Athletic Director Brad Bates’ expectations for the 2015 season, Jim Foster would be a very suitable in-house replacement.
If BC lands Foster, could it be on a coach-in-waiting type deal? Who knows – so far this is all just rumor and conjecture. We’ll have more news if anything becomes more concrete. But suffice it to say, this would be a huge blow to the Rhody baseball program.