July 10, 2012

NJC hires new softball coach

By Trevor Varley
NJC Sports Information

Former First Team All American to lead Plainswomen in 2012-2013

The Northeastern Junior College athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of its newest head softball coach, Tabitha Foster. A former college standout, Foster has officially accepted the position for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. A native of Plattsmouth, NE she brings a wealth of energy and experience to Plainsmen athletics.
Foster is currently a development assistant at the Madonna School in Omaha which serves individuals of all ages who face cognitive and developmental challenges. In this position, Foster has coordinated  fundraising activities and assisted in other developmental activities for the clients served. She has also been involved with many youth softball programs as well as assisting in the Plattsmouth high school athletic programs. Foster  has worked with athletes and students of all ages and abilities and is very excited to get back into the college setting.
Foster attended Peru State College (PSU) in Peru, Nebraska.  While attending PSC, Foster concluded her playing days with an epic senior season.  She etched her name in the record books both at PSC and on the national stage as well when she tied the national record for home runs in a season with 29.  This record was broken in 2010, but she still sets second for the most home runs in a single season.  Foster is also in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)  record books for single season RBI’s and total bases.  This feat helped Foster garner first team All-American honors in 2007.
Foster offered her thoughts about her recent hiring. “I’m so excited for this great opportunity to jump back into the college ranks,” she said. “After visiting the Sterling community, I knew this was the right place for me.  The community and campus gave me a very friendly welcome and I just got the feeling that this was an athletic friendly community.” 
Foster takes on a program that once again getting its footing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA ) Region IX.  Although NJC had softball in years past, it reinstated the sport last year after a several year hiatus. Foster replaces Brock Baseggio who has since left NJC.
Foster welcomes the challenge that such a new program can offer to any coach.  “The base of our program is going to be fundamentals, hard work, and dedication from the ladies,” she said. “They will learn to work hard every day and fight to put Plainswomen softball on the map.  I feel that with the support of the college and the community this will be a very attainable goal.”
Foster feels that her experience in college will help guide the Plainswomen because she remembers very well the hard work it took to get to the level she did as an athlete and a student.  Foster said, “I went to Peru as a walk on freshman right out of high school,” she remembers. “By working hard and dedicating myself to the program, myself and my teammates, I was able to finish my career on a high note.  My biggest goal for the ladies is that they work hard and dedicate themselves to whatever they are doing.  This includes the classroom, as there is a life after softball and the only way to make a better quality of life is with an education.”
The NJC athletic program feels very strong that Tabitha will have great success while at NJC.  NJC Athletic Director Marci Henry offered her thoughts on the hiring of Foster.  “We are very excited to be bringing Tabitha in to take over the softball program,” Henry said. “I personally feel with her experiences as a player and coach she will take our team in the right direction”.