A veteran of northeastern football coaching, Mike Foley
enters his third season as offensive line coach at Connecticut. Prior to UConn,
Foley completed 21 seasons of involvement with the football team at his alma
mater, Colgate University. He had served as the Raiders’ offensive coordinator
and offensive line coach since 1997.
In his time at UConn, Foley has helped bring a collection
of young offensive linemen to a group that helped the Huskies to the 2007 BIG EAST title.
That group enters teh 2008 season with a combined 147 games of playing
experience, almost all of them under Foley’s guidance.
2005, his final year at Colgate, the Raiders posted an 8-4 record and advanced
to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. Foley helped coach all seven of Colgate’s
NCAA Playoff squads, including the 2003 team that advanced to the National
Championship Game. Of the 13 seasons in which Colgate was eligible for the
playoffs with Foley aboard, the team qualified seven times. Foley also played a
role in each of Colgate’s five Patriot League Championship teams (1997, 1999,
2002, 2003, 2005).
Colgate broke the league record for rushing yardage three
times under his tutelage, and led the Patriot League five out of his last nine
seasons. During his tenure as offensive coordinator (1997-2005), Foley produced
39 All-Patriot League players including 13 on the offensive line. His offensive
schemes and the line’s blocking helped pave the way for a pair of Walter Payton
Award winners, Kenny Gamble in 1987 and Jamal Branch in 2003.
He began his coaching career as offensive line coach at
Bates College in 1978, before moving the next fall to Dartmouth as the freshman
offensive line coach for one season. After one season as offensive line coach at
Holy Cross in 1980, he returned to his alma mater as junior varsity head coach
and varsity receivers coach. After two seasons in that position, he took over as
offensive line coach in 1983. Foley added the duties of offensive coordinator in
In 1986, he served as interim head coach during the absence
of head coach Fred Dunlap, who was recovering from bypass surgery.
Following Dunlap’s retirement in 1987, Foley was named head coach of the
Raiders, a title he held through 1992, compiling a 21-34 record. He returned to
the Hamilton, N.Y. campus in 1997 as offensive coordinator and line coach after
three years on the Harvard staff. While with the Crimson, he served as offensive
coordinator during his entire stay.
He was a four-year letterwinner at Colgate and captain of
the 1977 team. A three-year starter at center, he was twice honored as an
All-East performer by the Associated Press and, in 1977, was also named to the
ECAC All-East squad. In 2004, Foley
was inducted into Colgate’s Athletic Hall of Honor.
Foley was born in Kittery, Maine, but grew up in
Newburyport, Mass. He graduated from Colgate University in 1978 with a degree in
economics. Foley and his wife, Kathleen, have two grown children, Erin and
Patrick. A football coach like his father, Patrick is the defensive coordinator
at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.