Allan Foster succeeds brother Adam Foster as Zion Chapel baseball coach

Published 10:46 am Thursday, May 23, 2024

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This week, Zion Chapel High School baseball coach Adam Foster stepped down from his position to accept the position as head baseball coach at Rehobeth. Just days later, his brother Allan Foster was named by Coffee County Schools as the new ZCHS head coach.

The Foster brothers grew up in Luverne. Allan Foster played both football and baseball at Luverne High School and graduated from Troy University. While at Troy, Foster was a student manager on the baseball team and then he became a graduate assistant with the program. Coaching was a lifelong dream for him.

“I always wanted to be a coach,” he flatly said. “I didn’t know at what level but from middle school on I wanted to be a coach and a teacher. When Adam got hired (at Zion Chapel) that kind of got my foot in the door.”

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Adam Foster was an assistant coach at Enterprise High School before being named head coach at Zion Chapel. He brought his brother on as an assistant coach in a role he has served since 2020, along with teaching history at Zion Chapel.

When Allan Foster was named head coach at Zion Chapel, he said a flood of mixed emotions washed over him.

“For me, it was an emotional time. You’re happy for the opportunity to fulfill a goal but also upset,” he continued. “I got to live my bucket list coaching and teaching with my brother for all these years. At the same time I’m excited, sad and happy, just a mix of emotions. I’m overall excited about being able to put my own stamp on the program because the foundation has already been poured.”

Allan Foster emphasizes that the culture of Zion Chapel will stay the same, as he and his brother have already built the foundation for the program.

“I feel like the key is to have good relationships with the kids. The culture won’t change much,” he said. “We want to be hard-nosed, sound defensively and hit doubles. With us being brothers, the philosophy doesn’t change much, there’s just a different face leading the program.

“We want to be disciplined, I think that’s what wins ballgames. We want to be tough mentally and physically. The culture stays the same, just with a different face leading it.”