Head coach Ramona Foster will begin at the helm of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) women’s basketball program starting with the 2013-14 season.
Head coach Ramona Foster will begin at the helm of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) women’s basketball program starting with the 2013-14 season. A teacher, coach, school administrator and volunteer serving on numerous advisory boards over the past twenty years, Coach Foster brings intensity, passion and an exciting resume, both on and off the court.
Coach Foster currently volunteers as head coach for the eighth grade Boston Showstoppers, a premier Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) girl’s academic and athletic enrichment program committed to instilling academic excellence, self-empowerment, community engagement, good nutrition and healthy life styles. She also recently completed her fourth season as a volunteer coach with the Merritting Attention Basketball Club (MABC), where she spent one year coaching the boy’s fourth grade team and the last three years serving as the Girls’ Program Coordinator and head coach for one of the teams.
Coach Foster is a graduate of Emmanuel College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Sociology) in 1994. It was that year, while still completing her undergraduate studies, when Foster was selected as the head coach of the girl’s varsity team at Chelsea High School (CHS) in Chelsea, MA, her first basketball coaching job. During her five-year tenure at CHS, Coach Foster led her teams to three consecutive Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships and finished in second-place the other two years, while amassing an overall record of 82-14 (.86%). Her teams set over 25 new school records, each team dominating conference playoffs and qualifying for the state tournament all five years. In addition, Foster has produced three Boston Herald/Boston Globe All-State recipients, two All-Americans and several others receiving conference recognition and partial scholarships.
Foster served four years (2007-11) as an assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Emmanuel College where she was responsible for assisting with the identification, recruitment and retention of student-athletes, on-the-floor coaching and practice/game preparation. Over those four years, Foster assisted teams to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006-07, with an overall record of 29-2 and an undefeated conference record of 12-0; 4 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and conference championships. Other team accolades include NCAA Division III Most Victories, 29 (2007); NCAA Division III Ranked #1 in steals (19) 2008.
Additionally, Coach Foster previously served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at North Shore Community College (Lynn, MA), worked for several basketball camps and spent six years volunteering as a league administrator for the Chelsea Youth Basketball League. Foster recently completed four years as an elected official for the City of Chelsea (Chelsea School Committee) and has served on several local boards and steering committees, including the Hyams Foundation Afterschool Initiative, Chelsea School Site Councils, Lewis Latimer Society and the Chelsea Community Schools.
Coach Foster is in her tenth year working as an Education Specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and also holds a Massachusetts Special Education teaching license. She was selected for the Teacher of the Year Award from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Phenomenal Woman Community Service Award by the Lewis Latimer Society and was inducted into the 2011 Chelsea High School Hall of Fame, for her coaching successes.
Coach Foster was born in Brooklyn, NY, but was raised in a small town (Carolina, RI). For the past 16 years, she has lived in the metropolitan Boston area (Chelsea, MA) with her fiancé, Elliot, and their four children, Terrell, Isaiah, Ramona and Sophia.