Northwestern University has released baseball coach Jim Foster on Thursday due to allegations of misconduct.

This decision comes shortly after the university fired football coach Pat Fitzgerald amidst a hazing scandal.

Confirmation of Foster’s dismissal was provided by Northwestern’s athletic director Derrick Gragg.

Northwestern University head baseball coach Jim Foster

Northwestern University head baseball coach Jim Foster heads back to the dugout for a game against the University of Notre Dame at Wrigley Field in Chicago, on May 16, 2023. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“Nothing will ever be more important to Northwestern than providing its students a place that allows them to develop in the classroom, in the community, and in competition at the absolute highest level, and building a culture which allows our staff to thrive,” Gragg stated.

“This has been an ongoing situation and many factors were considered before reaching this resolution. As the Director of Athletics, I take ownership of our head coaching hires and we will share our next steps as they unfold.”

Prior to the start of the baseball season, Foster was investigated by the university’s human resources department for misconduct.

According to a document from the Chicago Tribune, the investigation uncovered instances of bullying, abusive behavior, an inappropriate comment towards a female staff member, and speaking negatively about his staff to others.

Jim Foster throws a ceremonial first pitch

Northwestern baseball head coach Jim Foster throws the ceremonial first pitch of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field on September 18, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Several coaches left Northwestern’s program earlier this year, and the team had a disappointing 10-40 record this season.

After the season ended, 16 players decided to enter the transfer portal.

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