Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Jared Foster, who helped lead LSU to two SEC titles and two College World Series appearances during his playing career, will work in 2019 as the Tigers’ undergraduate assistant coach as he pursues his college degree.
Foster, a Lake Charles, La., native, played in 185 games during his four-year LSU career (2012-15), starting 109 games as an outfielder and second baseman, and he was the fifth-round selection of the Los Angeles Angels in the 2015 MLB Draft. He played for four seasons in the minor leagues before retiring from professional baseball and returning to LSU to earn his degree.
Foster is the eighth former LSU player to become an undergraduate assistant coach under Paul Mainieri. The others are infielder Buzzy Haydel, outfielder/first baseman Blake Dean, outfielder Alex Edward, infielder Christian Ibarra, pitcher Brent Bonvillian, catcher/first baseman Sean Ochinko and outfielder Leon Landry.
Foster enjoyed an outstanding senior season at LSU in 2015, when he played in 55 games (54 starts) and batted .278 (59-for-212) with 12 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 35 RBI, 37 runs and 10 stolen bases. An extremely versatile player, he started 45 games at second base, five games in left field and four games in right field.
Foster launched a solo homer in LSU’s 2015 College World Series opening-round game versus TCU, and he was named to the 2015 SEC All-Tournament team, batting .500 (6-for-12) in three games with three doubles, one homer, three RBI and four runs.
He also earned SEC All-Tournament recognition in 2013, when he hit .667 (4-for-6) in three games with one RBI, four runs scored, two steals, a .778 on-base percentage and an outfield assist at home plate in the tournament championship game win over Vanderbilt.