Bethel Names Brad Foster as Next Tennis Head Coach
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Bethel College Athletic Director Tom Visker is pleased to announce that Brad Foster has been named as the men’s and women’s tennis head coach.
“As a former player and as assistant coach for the past two years, Brad has first-hand knowledge our tennis program,” stated Visker. “He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm as a first-time head coach. I’m confident that he will build on the foundation set by John Natali and Joel Dendiu to move our tennis program forward.”
Foster has been an assistant coach for the Pilots for the previous two seasons and helped the men to a 14-24 record and the women to a 25-16 record. Accolades with Foster on staff include six NCCAA All-Americans, eight NCCAA North Central All-Region, nine NCCAA National Student-Athletes of the Week, nine Crossroads League Athletes of the Week, eight NAIA Scholar Athletes, and 12 NCCAA Scholar Athletes.
“John [Natali] had a long tenure with the team and we couldn’t be more thankful. Joel [Dendiu] brought a new life into the team for the last four years. It is sad to see them both go, but I am very excited to bring about a new era for our team,” described Foster.
“This place and this program mean a lot to me and I am blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference for this school and more importantly, for the athletes. I know I am young, but I think that is something that will be an asset to the way I coach and will help me connect in a different way to the athletes and I will bring a new energy and a new culture to the team.”
Foster, a 2018 graduate of Bethel, played for the men’s tennis team from 2013-17 and was named the team’s Most Improved Player after his junior season. He was named a Crossroads League Player of the Week and NCCAA National Student-Athlete of the Week on March 28, 2016. As a senior, Foster earned the team’s Pilot Spirit Award.
Foster inherits a program that went 6-12 on the men’s side and 14-6 on the women’s side this past season.