Mike Gambino, a 1999 Boston College graduate, was named head baseball coach on July 19, 2010.
He is in charge of rebuilding a program that made an emphatic postseason statement in 2009, earning its first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship berth and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1967.
The Eagles went 17-33 in his first season at the helm, but he saw four players get selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. In 2011, the Eagles improved to 20-33, winning 10 games in the highly-competitive ACC. In just one year, the team's batting average improved 19 points, slugging percentage 54 points and on-base percentage 27 points.
The second-year head coach saw infielder Anthony Melchionda and outfielder Tom Bourdon earn All-ACC second-team honors and take home American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Associate (NEIBA) All-Star accolades. Melchionda and classmate Matt Brazis were both drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Associate Head Coach
Jim Foster joined the Boston College coaching staff as the associate head coach in July 2014. Foster, the Eagles' pitching and catchers' coach, brings 12 years of experience to the Heights.
In nine seasons as the head coach at Rhode Island, Foster was the all-time winningest coach in program history, amassing a 268-230-3 (.538) record. He led the Rams to six consecutive 30-win seasons, from 2008 to 2013, for the first time in program history and took them to eight consecutive Atlantic-10 Championship appearances from 2006 to 2013. He coached 28 all-conference selections, 21 All-New England selections, three All-Americans, three A-10 Pitchers of the Year and two A-10 Players of the Year.
In 2013, the Rams earned the Atlantic-10 Regular-Season Co-Championship title, garnering their 11th straight bid to the conference tournament, and in 2011, Foster was named Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year after the Rams went 31-22 overall and 16-8 in A-10 play. In 2009, the Rams set a URI record with 37 wins, including three over ranked teams (No. 8 Miami, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 25 Ohio State), earning him CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Coach of Year Honorable Mention and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Coach of the Year honors.
Greg Sullivan is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Boston College baseball team. He came to the Heights after spending four seasons as the head coach at Newbury College.
Sullivan primary works with the outfielders, hitters and is one of the three primary recruiters on staff. During the summer, he is responsible for running the Boston College Baseball Camps.
Since 2013, Sullivan has helped multiple players transition from the infield to the outfield and fill key roles for the Eagles. Current sophomore Michael Strem, juniors Logan Hoggarth and Chris Shaw and senior Travis Ferrick came to The Heights as infielders and have made the move to the outfield.
Jimmy Van Ostrand
Jimmy Van Ostrand joined the Boston College baseball staff as a volunteer coach before the start of the 2014 season. He brought seven years of international and minor league playing experience to the Eagles.
Van Ostrand works primarily with hitters, corner infielders and prepares scouting reports and defensive alignments.
The Vancouver, B.C., native was a member of the Canadian National Baseball Team since 2007. He played in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, three Baseball World Cups, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2011 Pan American Games. He drove in the only two runs for his team in the Pan Am Championship game to lead Canada to a 2-1 victory and the gold medal over the United States. In the Olympics, he was 4-for-14 with two RBIs and he helped the Canadians bring home bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 World Cups.
Director of Baseball Operations
Pete Frates joined the Boston College baseball team as the director of baseball operations during the 2012 season. A former player, Frates captained the Eagles his senior year in 2007.
Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012. He played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. In both his junior and senior year, he tied for the team lead with five home runs, finishing his career with 11. He also tied for a team-high eight sacrifice hits his senior year and led the Eagles with 19 stolen bases.
The centerfielder set a modern BC record with eight RBIs in one game, going 4-for-6 with a grand slam, a three-run homer and an RBI double at Maryland on April 14, 2007. In Frates' junior year, he went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in the Eagles' 10-2 win over Harvard in the Beanpot Championship at Fenway Park.