Thayer Academy Athletic Director Rick Foresteire P '19, '21 was throwing batting practice when he learned he'd been inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He'd been throwing BP indoors to his son, James Foresteire '21, as part of the first day of winter workouts. Realizing he'd left his phone in the car, he'd asked James to get it for him.
James returned, held the phone up to his father, and asked, "Whaddya think about this, Dad?" It was a text from good friend Dwayne Follette, a fellow Brandeis alumnus and Plymouth North High School baseball coach, congratulating Foresteire on his induction.
"True story," said Foresteire, smiling. Asked what he and his son did afterwards, the coach responded: "We finished batting practice."
The MBCA recently announced that Forestiere and three fellow coaches — Mark Baldwin of Northampton High School, Patrick Forbes of Whitman-Hanson High School, and Bill Mahoney of Brighton High School — would be association inductees for its Class of 2019. Ceremonies are slated for Jan. 26 at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield.
Foresteire has earned the honor. This spring, he will begin his 23rd season as a high school baseball head coach, and he has yet to have a losing season.
"That's what I'm most proud of," said Foresteire, who was head coach for 19 years at his alma mater, BB&N. "My philosophy has always been that our number-one goal is to have a winning season. We tackle that first."
As a head coach, Foresteire's record is 370 wins, 130 losses, and four ties. His teams have captured six ISL championships. He's coached three MLB draft picks, four former pros, and a host of players who've succeeded at the collegiate level.
The Melrose native was quick to praise his players for their work on and off the field. He also credited his coaching staffs throughout the years.
"I was blessed to have unbelievable assistant coaches," he said.
Foresteire added that, as a young coach at BB&N, he received great support from Thayer's coach at the time, Don Badger '63 P '98, '01.
Foresteire said he received a solid education in baseball fundamentals from Jack Etter, his coach at BB&N, and has tried to pass those lessons on. He also singled out his college coach, Pete Varney, a legendary figure at Brandeis after his years as a legendary two-sport athlete (Football, Baseball) at Harvard University.
According to the MBCA website, Foresteire is only the fifth private school coach to earn Hall-of-Fame honors and just the second coach from the ISL. The name of the first ISL inductee, so honored in 1992, should ring a bell: Thayer Academy's Arthur Valicenti '51 P '75, '75, '77 GP '10, '14.
Thayer Baseball Head Coach Rick Foresteire P '19, '21.