Zach Foster was hired as Pitt-Bradford's new head baseball coach in July 2016, taking over for long-time coach Bret Butler.
At the helm in 2017, he led the Panthers to 16 wins, half of which coming against AMCC opponents, and a trip to the conference semifinals. In addition to the team's third-place finish in the conference tournament, Dalton Renn, Austin Parent, Jay Clinger and Tyler Hoops earned All-AMCC honors, and Brody Wood received the AMCC FAR Award.
Born and raised in Bradford, Foster played for Pitt-Bradford from 2005-2008, compiling a 5-2 record and 5.77 ERA in 18 appearances. Foster was drafted in the 49th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Pirates, the first player in the history of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference to do so. He advanced as far as Double-A with the Pirates before returning to Pitt-Bradford as an assistant coach in 2013.
Thrusted into a larger role during the 2016 season, Foster led the Panthers to a strong finish, including a late-season sweep of Penn State Altoona and a tough two-game loss, 6-1 and 4-3 in 11 innings, to Penn State-Behrend in the conference playoffs. The Panthers had a roster this past spring that included 14 freshmen and seven sophomores and just two seniors.
Foster graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in sport and recreation management from Pitt-Bradford in 2012, and most recently, worked in the university's admissions office, a position he'll be leaving to assume full-time duties as head baseball coach.
In addition, he earned his Master's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania.
Foster currently resides in Bradford with his wife, Hannah, and their son, Ezekiel.