Northwestern baseball head coach Jim Foster Photo Credit: Northwestern Athletics

It’s been quite the week at Northwestern University.

The athletic department has already been dealing with the fallout of an investigation into allegations of hazing in their football program, which led to the dismissal of head coach Pat Fitzgerald earlier this week. Now, another one of the program’s head coaches has been dismissed. According to 670 The Score radio host Danny Parkins, head baseball coach Jim Foster has been fired.

The program made a swift decision on Foster’s future after a report from Chicago Tribune emerged on Monday, detailing a human resources investigation that was undertaken in late 2022 towards Foster after multiple players and staffers levied complaints about his conduct. Foster is alleged in the investigation of  “engaging in bullying and abusive behavior” and making an inappropriate comment regarding a female staff member.

Parkins also reported on the investigation, saying that nine sources cited Foster as “creating a toxic environment that has run off coaches, broken the spirit of his team, and led to a human resources investigation by the university regarding his alleged bullying and verbally abusive behavior.”

On top of that, Parkins states that Foster made racially insensitive comments toward both players and staff members.

As per Parkins, the players were informed of Foster’s dismissal on Thursday via Zoom by the university’s president and athletic director. No word yet on an interim coach.

[Danny Parkins, Chicago Tribune]

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