KINGSTON, R.I. - After nine seasons at the helm of the Rhode Island baseball program, Jim Foster has resigned from his position as head coach. Foster - who had three years remaining on his contract - departs URI to take on the role of associate head coach at Boston College, where he will work specifically with pitchers and catchers while also serving as the Eagles' recruiting coordinator.
"I want to thank everyone at the University of Rhode Island for allowing me to be the team's head coach for the last nine years," Foster said. "It has been a tremendous honor to work with hundreds of very talented student-athletes and make a difference in their lives.
"I also want to thank the alumni and everyone in the community for their unwaivering support of the program. Without these individuals, we would not have been able to achieve the success that we had."
The winningest coach in program history, Foster amassed a 268-230-3 (.538) record during his time in Kingston. He guided the Rams to nine wins over nationally-ranked opponents while posting six-consecutive 30-win seasons (2008-13) for the first time ever at URI.
Foster also produced nine MLB draft picks, including left handed pitcher Nick Greenwood, who became the first Rhode Island player to reach the majors since 1967 when he debuted for the St. Louis Cardinals on June 16, 2014.
"Coach Foster has done an outstanding job building a very well-respected program here at the University of Rhode Island," director of athletics Thorr Bjorn said. "I have nothing but respect for the work he has done here and wish him all the best in his new position at Boston College."
Under Foster's guidance, the Rams had three Atlantic 10 Pitchers of the Year, two A-10 Players of the Year, 28 All-Conference selections, 21 All-New England picks, eight All-Academic award winners, three All-Americans, an ABCA Gold Glove Winner and a Lowe's Senior Class Award candidate.
Outside of competition, Foster raised over $2 million for facility enhancements and additions, including the complete resurfacing of Bill Beck Field as well as the construction of an indoor hitting facility.
"Rhode Island has been home for me my entire life," Foster added. "I will forever be thankful for the people I've met and memories we've created in my time at URI. Those are moments that I will never forget."
Raphael Cerrato has been appointed interim head coach for the 2014-15 academic year. A full search will be conducted following the conclusion of the 2015 season.