NASHVILLE - Trevecca Nazarene University athletic director Mark Elliott announces that Mark Foster, a former Trojan soccer player, has been selected as Trevecca's women's soccer coach, the fourth in the history of Trevecca.
Noting the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Foster, Elliott commented, "It is a great honor and at the same time a heavy burden to become the head coach of the Trevecca women's soccer program. During the course of his tenure, Brett Armstrong, along with Mark Foster, built a team with the highest academic rating, great spiritual depth, phenomenal team chemistry, and excellent athletic ability. They also crafted a 2012 season that rivals any in the history of Trevecca athletics."
Photo Gallery: Mark Foster Playing Days Revisited
Elliott continued, "It was plain to see that as Brett stepped away from Trevecca soccer, Mark Foster was the person best suited to continue the program's advancement. Mark is a perfect fit for the spiritual mission of our school; he loves Trevecca; he has great passion for the sport and for his athletes; he brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and training expertise; and he is the model of perseverance, work ethic, positive attitude, and 'giving back' to his school."
Foster replaces Brett Armstrong, who collected the most wins by a coach in program history. Foster served as Armstrong's assistant for the last two seasons.
Armstrong is confident that Foster is the person for the job. He said, "Mark is ready for this move, and it has been a pleasure to have him alongside for the last two years. I have no doubt that he'll do a great job carrying on the program."
Foster, from Newcastle, Ireland, graduated from Trevecca in the spring of 2008. The five-foot-six midfielder/forward played for Trevecca for four years, 2005-2009. Prior to playing for Trevecca, he played in Ireland for the Kilmore Recreation Football Club in the Irish Premiere Football League.
His coach for all four years was Jeff Carr, now the athletic director and women's soccer coach at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla. Carr said, "When he played for me, Mark was like having another coach on the pitch. His passion for the game and his knowledge of the game are exceptional. Trevecca is getting someone who will pour his life into the program and do an excellent job in all areas. I am so proud of Mark for taking advantage of the opportunity he was given at Trevecca. He is a tremendous young man, and more important, he loves the Lord and will be a true example to the female players at TNU. Congratulations Mark and Trevecca!"
His credentials include certification by the UEFA, with whom he holds a European "B" License, and the NSCAA, where he holds a National Diploma. His high school coaching stops include Donelson Christian Academy and Ensworth High School. He also coached with the Brentwood Soccer Club and the Tennessee United Soccer Club.
Foster, the only Trojan to have his soccer number retired, finished his Trevecca career as the program's all-time leading scorer, with 41 career goals. He also sits atop the Trojans' all-time scoring list with 95 points and is tied for first all-time with 13 assists.
He helped lead the program to 29 wins during his four seasons, including a nine-win senior year that still is the second-most wins in program history. As a senior, he helped lead the team to post its first-ever post season win.
Off the pitch he was honored for his work in the classroom as a two-time TranSouth Scholar-Athlete.
Foster was named the 2005 TranSouth Freshman of the Year, bookending that honor with selection as the 2008 TranSouth Player of the Year. He was named first team All-TranSouth as both a freshman and a senior, and was a second team selection as both a sophomore and a junior.
Foster is married to the former Jessica Leary, who is also a former Trojan softball and soccer player. The couple resides in Nashville.
Honors and Awards at Trevecca
2005-2006: TranSouth Freshman of the Year; All-TranSouth First Team; TranSouth Player of the Week
2006-2007: All-TranSouth Second Team; NAIA Region XI Player of the Week; TranSouth Player of the Week
2007-2008: All-TranSouth Second Team; TranSouth Player of the Week; TranSouth Scholar-Athlete
2008-2009: TranSouth Player of the Year; All-TranSouth First Team; TranSouth Player of the Week; TranSouth Scholar-Athlete