Head Coach: Ramona Foster
Head coach Ramona Foster is entering her 3rd year at the helm of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) women’s basketball program.
A teacher, coach, school administrator and volunteer serving on numerous advisory boards over the past twenty years, Coach Foster brings intensity, passion and an exciting resume, both on and off the court.
In her first two seasons at BHCC, Coach Foster has led her teams to increasing success. Her inaugural year, 2013-2014, the Lady Bulldogs played 18 games, compiled an overall record of 7 wins, 11 losses (39%), and a conference record with 5 wins, 7 losses (42%). During the 2014-15 season, the Lady Bulldogs improved tremendously. Coach Foster’s team played 27 games with a 17-10 overall record (63%) and a 12-3 conference record (80%). Out of more than 80 teams across the country, the Lady Bulldogs finished 6th in opponents’ field goal percentage (26%), 8th in points allowed per game (47%) and tied for 11th place in 2 categories: fewest turnovers per game (12%) and most steals per game (13). BHCC ended this season with one student-athlete being selected to the NJCAA Division III Region XXI All-Star Team
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 postseason, the BHCC Lady Bulldogs qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region XXI Tournament, as well as the Massachusetts Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs went on to finish as the runner-up team in both tournaments, falling one game short of advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament. BHCC ended this season with 3 student-athletes being selected to the NJCAA Division III Region XXI All-Star Team.
In addition to her BHCC duties, Coach Foster currently volunteers as co-head coach (with her fiancé) for the 5th grade Boston Showstoppers, a premier Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) girl’s academic and athletic enrichment program committed to instilling academic excellence, self-empowerment, community engagement, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. She also served 4 seasons as a volunteer coach with the Merritting Attention Basketball Club (MABC), where she spent 1 year coaching the boy’s fourth grade team and 3 years serving as the Girls’ Program Coordinator and head coach for one of the teams.
Coach Foster is a graduate of Emmanuel College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Sociology) in 1994. It was that year, while still completing her undergraduate studies, when Foster was selected as the head coach of the girl’s varsity team at Chelsea High School (CHS) in Chelsea, MA, her first basketball coaching job. During her five-year tenure at CHS, Coach Foster led her teams to 3 consecutive Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships and finished in second-place the other two years, while amassing an overall record of 82-14 (86%). Her teams set over 25 new school records, each team dominating conference playoffs and qualifying for the state tournament all five years. In addition, Foster has produced three Boston Herald/Boston Globe All-State recipients, two All-Americans and several others receiving conference recognition and partial scholarships.
Foster also served four years (2007-11) as an assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Emmanuel College where she was responsible for assisting with the identification, recruitment and retention of student-athletes, on-the-floor coaching and practice/game preparation. Over those four years, Foster assisted teams to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006-07, with an overall record of 29-2 and an undefeated conference record of 12-0; 4 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and conference championships. Other team accolades include NCAA Division III Most Victories, 29 (2007); NCAA Division III Ranked #1 in steals (19) 2008.
Additionally, Coach Foster previously served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at North Shore Community College (Lynn, MA), worked for several basketball camps and spent 6 years volunteering as a league administrator for the Chelsea Youth Basketball League. Foster recently completed four years as an elected School Committee member (Chelsea, MA) and has served on several local boards and steering committees, including the Hyams Foundation Afterschool Initiative, Chelsea School Site Councils, Lewis Latimer Society and the Chelsea Community Schools.
Coach Foster is in her 12th year as a full-time Education Specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and also holds a Massachusetts Special Education teaching license. She was selected for the Teacher of the Year Award from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Phenomenal Woman Community Service Award by the Lewis Latimer Society and was inducted into the 2011 Chelsea High School Hall of Fame, for her coaching successes. Recently, she also had the pleasure of presenting the Chelsea High School Hall of Fame Award to 3 of her former Chelsea High student-athletes.
Coach Ramona Foster was born in Brooklyn, NY, but raised in the small town of Carolina, RI. For the past 20 years, she has lived in Chelsea, MA, a small Greater Boston city, with her fiancé, Elliot, and their four children, Terrell, Isaiah, Ramona and Sophia.
ASST. COACH: JENNIFER COLBURN
Assistant Coach Jennifer Colburn is entering her 3rd season with the BHCC Lady Bulldogs Women’s Basketball program.
A former Lady Bulldog herself, she brings a unique blend of experience, passion and institutional knowledge to the program.
A native of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, Coach C played basketball at Fenway High school before matriculating into Bunker Hill Community College in the fall of 2002. Coach C was a two sport athlete in basketball and softball at Bunker Hill. In consecutive years as a player in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, her basketball teams went back to back, winning the New England NJCAA Region XXI Championships and playing for the NJCAA Division III National Championship.
Over the past two season, her teams finished as runner-up in the Massachusetts Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) and NJCAA Region XXI Tournaments. Returning to BHCC and being able to contribute to the women's basketball program has been thrilling for her. She's said on a number of occasions that, "being a student-athlete at BHCC was one of the most important experiences in her life".
After completing her Associates Degree at BHCC, Coach C attended the University of Connecticut graduating with a B.S.in Pathobiology in 2008. Thereafter she moved to Philadelphia to continue her education at Drexel University, College of Medicine graduating with a M.S. in Forensic Science with a focus in Criminalistics in 2011.
Coach C returned to Boston after completing her masters program and currently works for the State of Massachusetts in the Medical Examiners Office as a Supervisor for the Medical Examiner Assistant staff. Coach C lives in the Hyde Park with her fiancé Brian.