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Rams Receive Votes in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Rhode Island has received votes in Collegiate Baseball's 2014 Preseason Poll, which was released this afternoon on Continued.....

Roy Receives Pirates Community Commitment Award

The accolades continue to roll in for former Rhode Island center fielder Jeff Roy, who was was one of just nine players within the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization presented with a Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) award, Tuesday night at PNC Park.


Jim Foster


Head Coach

2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Jim Foster enters his ninth season as head coach of the Rhode Island baseball team in 2013-14.

A native of Warwick, R.I., Foster has continued to build URI into one of the premier collegiate baseball programs in the Northeast. In just eight seasons as head coach, he has raised over $2 million for facility renovations and additions, most recently constructing an indoor hitting facility along the right field side of Bill Beck Field.

Also in this time, Foster has eclipsed 250 victories - nine of which have come against nationally-ranked opponents - while posting six-straight 30-win seasons (2008-13) for the first time in school history. Additionally, he has produced eight MLB draft picks, including the program's highest-ever selection in Eric Smith - who was taken 60th overall in the second round of the 2009 draft.

Foster has become known for challenging his club with games against the nation's best competition, traveling to take on the No. 1 team in three of the past four seasons (Florida State-2012, Florida-2011, Virginia-2010). Additionally, Foster's Rams faced four of the eight teams that advanced to the 2012 College World Series (Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Stony Brook) and five of the eight 2011 CWS participants (California, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Vanderbilt).

This past year, URI opened the season with the most difficult schedule in the nation as the Rams were the only team in the country to play eight consecutive road games against top-10 teams (three at #9 Florida State, three at #8 Ole Miss, two at #5 Mississippi State).

The Rams also made their 11th-consecutive appearance at the Atlantic 10 tournament in 2013 - which is the longest active streak among any conference team. Led by 2013 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Sean Furney, Rhode Island finished the regular season ranked sixth in the nation in Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (7.05) and had the country's eighth-best WHIP average (1.13). Individually, freshman starter Steve Moyers finished regular season play ranked fifth among all NCAA Division I players with just 5.43 hits allowed per nine inning pitched.

Offensively, the Rams were paced by Senior CLASS Award Candidate Mike LeBel as well as Preseason All-AmericanJeff Roy, who was later selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. In 2010, Foster saw Tim Boyce receive one of the league's top honors as he was named the A- 10 Pitcher of the Year. A two-time National Pitcher of the Week in 2010, Boyce turned in the nation's longest streak his senior season as he pitched 37.2 consecutive scoreless innings from April 30-May 26. During that span, he turned in three straight complete-game shutouts while holding opponents to a .109 batting average.

After a banner year in 2009 - where Foster's club notched victories over No. 8 Miami, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Ohio State - the Rams began to draw national attention while turning in a program-best 37 wins and a trip to the Atlantic 10 title game.

With just two seniors on the team, URI put together what, arguably, is best season in Rhode Island baseball history. Rhody saw seven players collect All-Conference honors, including A-10 Player of the Year and Ping!Baseball National Team honorable mention Dan Rhault. Four Rams earned NEIBA All-New England honors while Nick Greenwood was an ABCA Northeast Region selection and the A-10's first-ever recipient of a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

For URI's successes in 2009, Foster was recognized by as an honorable mention for the organization's National Coach of the Year award. He also was named the 2009 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I Coach of the Year - in voting conducted among the association's 17 Division I head coaches - and received the 2009 Words Unlimited Male Coach of the Year award.

As a team, Rhode Island was recognized as the Top-Ranked Division I Baseball Team in New England by the BoSox Club, the official booster club of the Boston Red Sox. In his first year at Rhode Island, Foster posted an impressive 34-16 record, including a 19-6 finish in the Atlantic 10. The Rams claimed their fourth-consecutive regular-season title and had seven different individuals named to the All-Conference team - including 2006 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Steve Holmes, who led the nation with a 1.30 ERA. Foster served as Rhode Island's pitching coach and also worked with the team's catchers prior to his appointment as head coach. The Rams' earned run average ranked them in the top-35 nationally in both 2005 and 2006 as three of Foster's pitchers went on to sign professional contracts in the two-year span (Zack Zuercher/St. Louis Cardinals/2005, Mick Lefort/Chicago Cubs/2005 and Steve Holmes/New York Mets/2006). For his efforts, Foster was nominated for the 2005 NCAA Pitching Coach of the Year award.

Also in 2005, Foster helped lead Rhode Island to the Atlantic 10 Championship title as well as the program's first trip to the NCAA Regionals, finishing the season with a 34-21 record (18-6 in the Atlantic 10).

Foster was an All-Big East and two-time All-New England selection at Providence. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and spent seven years with the organization. He also played in the Arizona Diamondbacks, Anaheim Angels and Chicago White Sox farm systems. He was named Baseball Weekly's Minor League Catcher of the Year in 1997 and was named to the Topps All-Rookie Team in 1993.

Foster retired after spending 10 years in the minor leagues. He then spent two years as an assistant coach at Brown where he served as hitting coach and worked with the team's catchers.

Coaching Honors/Accomplishments
• Victory over #22 Notre Dame (2013)
• Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champions (2013)
• Victory over #29 College of Charleston (2012)
• Named the A-10's best coach in College Baseball Insider's preseason preview (2012, 2010)
• Posted six consecutive 30-win seasons for the first time in program history (2008-13)
• Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2011)
• Victories over #19 Connecticut and #20 College of Charleston (2011)
• Head Coach of University Team at 37th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game (2011)
• Named the A-10's Coach on the Rise in's preseason preview (2010)
• Back-to-back wins over #27 Charlotte (2010)
• Set new URI record with 37 wins (2009)
• Victories over #8 Miami, #11 Oklahoma State and #25 Ohio State (2009)
• College Baseball Insider National Coach of the Year honorable mention (2009)
• New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Coach of the Year (2009)
• Head Coach of University Team at 35th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game (2009)
• Words Unlimited Men's Sports Coach of the Year (2009) • BoSox Club award for Top-Ranked Division I Baseball Team in New England (2009)
• Named the A-10's best coach in College Baseball Insider's preseason preview (2009)
• Named the A-10's Coach on the Rise in's preseason preview (2009)
• Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champions (2006)
• NCAA Pitching Coach of the Year nominee (2005)
• 2005 Atlantic 10 Champions, URI's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth
Jim Foster - By The Numbers
• Atlantic 10 All-Conference Selections - 28
• NEIBA All-New England Selections - 21
• Consecutive A-10 Championship Appearances - 11
• Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team Selections - 10
• Wins over Nationally-Ranked Teams - 9
• MLB Draft Picks - 8
• Years at Rhode Island - 8
• Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Selections - 7
• Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Selections - 7
• All-Americans - 3
• ABCA All-Region Selections - 3
• Atlantic 10 Pitchers of the Year - 3
• Atlantic 10 Players of the Year - 2
• ECAC All-Stars - 2
• ABCA Gold Glove Award Winners - 1
• Lowe's Senior Class Award Candidates - 1
• NCBWA District I Player of the Year - 1

Raphael Cerrato


Assistant Coach

Raphael Cerrato enters his third year on head coach Jim Foster's Rhody baseball staff in 2013- 14, previously serving as a volunteer assistant for the Rams during the 1997 season. A 1994 URI graduate, Cerrato returns after spending the past five seasons as the head coach at New Haven, where he led the Chargers to a 131-97 (.575) record during that span.

In 2009, New Haven joined the Northeast-10 Conference and instantly made its presence known by earning a trip to the conference tournament semifinals. The following year, UNH appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 while closer Mitch Rossi became the first Charger to earn All-America honors in three years.

In 2008, catcher Michael Moras was a 20th-round selection in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, following Cerrato became just the second head coach in the history of the UNH baseball program on July 1, 2006. He replaced Frank "Porky" Vieira, who founded and coached the Charger baseball program for 44 years.

Cerrato had joined Vieira's staff as UNH's associate head coach in June of 2005, following a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Brown University. There, he served as the Bears' hitting, outfield and infield instructor and coordinated student-athlete recruitment.

Before his time at Brown, Cerrato spent three years as the top assistant at Massachusetts, coordinating recruiting and the organization of UMass' youth clinics.

Cerrato has also managed the Rhode Island Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - a prestigious summer league sanctioned by the NCAA and funded by Major League Baseball - in addition to spending time as an assistant coach with the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of the Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League.

An Enfield, Conn. native and 1994 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Cerrato was a member of the Rhody baseball team from 1989-1993, earning All-Conference honors in 1992 and captaining the Rams in 1993.

Coaching Experience:
Assistant Coach, Rhode Island (2012-Present)
Head Coach, New Haven (2007-11)
Associate Head Coach, New Haven (2006)
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Brown (2001-2005)
Assistant Coach, Massachusetts (1998-2000)
Head Coach, Rhode Island Gulls (1999)
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Rhode Island (1997)
Assistant Coach, New York Knickerbockers (1996)

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