Head Baseball Coach
Foster became the 18th head coach in the 126-year history of the baseball program. He brings 14 years of collegiate baseball experience to West Point, including nine as a head coach at the University of Rhode Island. Foster led Rhode Island to six straight 30-win seasons and is the Rams’ all-time winningest coach. He mentored 28 all-conference selections, 21 All-New England selections, three All-Americans, three A-10 Pitchers of the Year and two A-10 Players of the Year. In 2016 at Boston College as an associate head coach, Foster helped the Eagles win the Oxford Regional and advance to their first-ever Super Regional. He saw right-hander Justin Dunn earn All-America Third Team honors from Baseball America and he was selected 19th overall by the New York Mets.
Former seven-time ABCA/Rawlings Region and eight-time NEIBA Division II Coach of the Year Jayson King joined the Army Baseball staff in July 2016 as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. King comes to West Point after serving 18 seasons as the head coach at DII Franklin Pierce. He inherited a Ravens team that went 8-21 in 1998 and 40-103-2 under three different coaches in the last five years before his arrival. From that point on though he spent his time building Franklin Pierce into a regional powerhouse and perennial national title contender. Under his watch, the Ravens captured seven NCAA Regional titles (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016), been an NCAA semifinalist on three occasions (2003, 2006, 2010), collected five Northeast-10 Conference titles (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015) and taken home nine Northeast-10 regular season titles (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). King left Franklin Pierce after having posted a record of 650-291-3 (.690 winning percentage) in 944 games. Including two previous years at Massachusetts Boston, his career record over 1,016 games stands at 675-338-3 (.666) across 20 seasons. King also has national team coaching experience as he helped guide the United States U-18 National Team to a gold medal at the 2014 Pan American Games.
Army West Point head baseball coach Jim Foster announced the hiring of Tommy Chase as an assistant coach in the summer of 2016. Chase comes to West Point after serving as the graduate assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire. While in Manchester, N.H., he worked with the outfielders and hitters, coordinated strength and conditioning activities and SNHU camps, and assisted in recruiting. During his season with the Penmen, SNHU baseball notched a school record 50 wins finishing the year with an overall record of 50-7 and an NE-10 Conference Championship. The team's prolific offense set all-time team records in hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases, walks, and hit-by-pitches. In the summer of 2016, Chase served as an assistant coach with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He was the hitting and infield coach. Prior to those stints, Chase was the volunteer assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy from 2014-15. While there, he assisted with the hitters and infielders. During that season, the Mids earned the Patriot League regular season crown after posting a 37-20 overall record. That mark served as the most wins in school history and were 14 more victories than Navy had in its 2014 campaign. For two summers Chase was on the staff of the Seacoast Mavericks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) out of Portsmouth, N.H. In 2013 he served as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach in 2014, making him the youngest manager in FCBL that summer. Chase began his coaching experience in 2013 when he was the video coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. As a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame, Chase spent four years on the baseball team and was named team captain his senior season. Switching up time between shortstop, second base and third base, he earned Academic All-District honors and was named a TD Ameritrade Fan's Choice Award Finalist in 2012. Chase was also honored in 2012 with the Ray Siegfreid Leadership Award Winner, which is given annually to one senior at Notre Dame who exemplifies the qualities for which Notre Dame Trustee Ray Siegfried was known. He was acknowledged as one of five finalists for the 2012 John Wooden Citizenship Cup Award as well, which was selected out of 2,500 nominees. That award is presented to one collegiate athlete for their character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sports and society. Chase holds a Bachelor degree of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and is working toward his Masters degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Ferrick, a 2015 graduate of Boston College, joins the Black Knights after a solid playing career at Boston College. Throughout his time with the Eagles, Ferrick saw action in more than 80 games, playing infield and outfield, while also making appearances on the mound. He was selected to wear the No. 8 during his senior campaign in honor of Peter "Sonny" Nictakis. The honor is given to one player who has battled adversity and represents the best qualities of BC Baseball. The Strafford, Va., native was also recognized with 2013 and 2014 All-Academic ACC Team nods. After graduation Ferrick taught history and government at Osbourn Park High School in Virginia. While there, he helped the Yellow Jackets baseball program as a pitching coach. Ferrick was also involved with Osbourn’s football team, serving as the team’s quarterback and secondary coach, while being a coach for the Virginia Stars travel ball team as well. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Ferrick was an instructor for the Colangelo Baseball Operations, which is designed to help young baseball athletes progress their skills physically and mentally. Ferrik organized camps and lessons with kids to advance their baseball abilities. He also served as a mentor for players getting ready for college and the recruitment process. The four-year letterwinner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and secondary education.