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March 20, 2013

New Brooks football coach ready for new challenge

Foley's top priorities: Bringing top student-athletes, energy to program

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“It’s up to me to bring in student-athletes who can help our program,” he said. “It’s my job to find kids who are good students who can fit in at Brooks and who also have some (athletic) ability.

“I think I can do that. I like recruiting, meeting young people and their parents, and I’ve been at schools where academics are very important and come first, so I know what it takes.”

Football-wise, Foley believes that to be successful “you have to be good on defense, you have to run the football and you have to be good on special teams.”

As far as his main responsibility, in addition to his role as admissions counselor, Foley believes that “the most important thing is to bring energy to the program. I want to be an example and show a lot of energy and make sure the program is fun.”

While this may be Foley’s first head coaching experience, it’s definitely one that he’s prepared for. Because his father, Mike, has been a football coach for nearly 30 years and is currently an assistant at UConn, the profession is in his blood.

“As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a coach,” said Foley, who plans on moving to the Brooks campus with his wife and 2-week-old daughter in July. “I grew up around football and I’ve always loved it.”

Meet Pat Foley New position: Brooks head football coach and admission counselor Age; 30 High School: Newburyport (two-year starter, co-captain as senior) College: Bates College: (4-year starter, tri-captain and all-conference as senior) Coaching experience: Colgate University assistant (since 2009), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy assistant (2006-2009), Amherst College assistant (2005-2006), Alleghenny College assistant (2004-2005) Nice to know: Cousin on his mother's side is Merrimack College record-setting quarterback Joe Clancy; Cousin on father's side is Tim Freirmuth, a Pentucket standout headed to Springfield College next year

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