Pat Foley is, by nature, an optimist. But he’s also a realist.
The new football coach at Brooks, who was hired last week, knows that he won’t be able to turn the program around at Brooks, which went 1-23 on the gridiron over the last three years, without support from the administration. Fortunately, he feels strongly that he has that support.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but from discussions on campus with the head of the school on down, everyone seems to want a successful football program and is extremely confident that the challenge can be met,” said the 30-year-old Foley.
“That was encouraging to me. If I hadn’t gotten that feeling, I wouldn’t have taken the job.”
Foley, who grew up and played high school football in Newburyport, comes to Brooks after spending four years as an assistant coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. That followed three years as an assistant at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and shorter stints at both Amherst College and Allegheny College.
It’s a bit unusual to take over a prep school program after spending one’s entire career coaching on the college level, but Foley believes that his experiences as a recruiting coordinator at both Colgate and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy led him to Brooks.
“I recruited New England while being a college coach and I went to a number of prep schools,” said Foley, who has been a defensive coordinator for much of his coaching career. “I enjoy working with young people at this stage and it looked like a great place to work and raise a family.”
Foley will also work in the admissions office, which will help him attract more student-athletes to Brooks. Most of Brooks’ opponents in the Independent School League have been more successful in attracting talent and Foley knows that, to be competitive, Brooks must do a better job in that area.