Jim Foster arrived at West Point with a strong baseball coaching resume.
Foster helped Boston College advance to the NCAA Super Regionals as pitching coach and was Rhode Island’s all-time winningest coach with 268 victories.
Success continued for Foster at Army and his resume continued to build. The Black Knights would make Patriot League history this spring, winning their record fourth straight conference championships with Foster at the helm.
Interest from major conference schools would increase.
And on Tuesday, it was time for Foster to take the next step in his coaching career.
Northwestern announced the hiring of Foster as the Big Ten program’s 29th head coach.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Army and I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have coached these great players and future leaders of our country,” Foster, the 2022 Patriot League coach of the year, posted on Twitter Tuesday. “I will forever be an Army supporter and a fan of its cadet athletes, coaches and staff. I know how hard everyone works and the challenge they have to overcome.”
Foster compiled a 162-40 record in six seasons (five full seasons) at Army. The Black Knights won 30 or more games three times under Foster. Army’s 37 victories in 2018 tied for third in the program’s history. The Black Knights won 63 percent of their Patriot League games during Foster’s tenure
Foster’s final game as Army coach came in the NCAA Hattiesburg regional against Kennesaw State. Army was edged 9-8.