LEWISBURG, Pa. – Courtnay Foster, the head coach of the Bucknell softball team for the past two seasons, has announced that she is resigning her position. Foster leaves to pursue other professional opportunities in conjunction with her husband Joe Guthrie's acceptance of a head coaching position at another school.
“I am thankful for the opportunity I have been afforded at Bucknell and for the experience I have gained here,” Foster said. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of a University with such exceptional people all across campus. I am deeply grateful for the players, coaches, and families that were a part of my time in Lewisburg.”
Foster took over the Bucknell softball program prior to the 2016 season and guided the Bison to back-to-back winning seasons. She accrued a record of 50-43 during that time, including a 17-18 record in the Patriot League.
In her first season at Bucknell, Foster led the team to its fourth consecutive appearance in the Patriot League Tournament with a 27-23 overall record and an 11-7 mark in the league. The Bison followed that by going 23-20 in Foster's second season as head coach.
In all, four players combined for five All-Patriot League awards during Foster's time at Bucknell. Additionally, four players were voted to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Two of those players -- Amanda Fazio and Celina Antonellis -- earned CoSIDA Academic All-District citations, while Fazio was also named the 2016 Patriot League Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Foster arrived to Lewisburg after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Northwestern, where she was also an outstanding pitcher during her playing career from 2003-06.
“I would like to thank Courtnay for her time with the Bison and her good work in supporting our student-athletes and keeping Bucknell softball moving forward as a successful program,” director of athletics John Hardt said. “We wish Coach Foster and her family all the best as they pursue their future endeavors.”
Marissa Myers, who has been an assistant coach on the Bucknell staff for the past four seasons, will take over as interim head coach while a national search begins immediately for the open position.Bucknell returns nine players that started at least 13 games last season, including each of its two All-Patriot League players in senior first baseman Meghan Kovac and sophomore pitcher Raeanne Geffert.