By DONNY NADEAU
Saint Mary's Sports Information Director
WINONA, Minn. – The Saint Mary's University of Minnesota women's basketball team will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines when they kick off the 2018-19 season with an exhibition game against Winona State on Nov. 10.
Dr. Timothy Gossen, Saint Mary's vice president for Mission and Student Life, announced Wednesday that David Foley has been named the Cardinals' new head coach.
"Saint Mary's is very excited for David to join the Cardinal community," said Gossen. "David brings a wealth of experience that we believe will translate to successful and highly competitive seasons. We are looking forward to great things from him."
Foley spent the last two seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Centenary College of Louisiana, guiding the Ladies to the SCAC Tournament for the first time in program history this past season.
"I'm so happy to be named the head women's basketball coach at Saint Mary's," said Foley, who was named to the inaugural Thirty Under 30 list by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in 2016. "I'd like to thank Interim athletic director Nick Winecke and the entire search committee—as well as Father Burns and Tim Gossen—for identifying me as the right fit for this program and Saint Mary's moving forward.
"The opportunity to join the Saint Mary's family is an exciting one for many reasons," explained Foley. "First, it gives me a chance to get back to the Midwest and closer to my family. Second, through the hiring process, I found a campus and community where I felt at home and comfortable.
"And inheriting a roster loaded full of highly motivated and talented players is icing on the cake."
Foley takes over a women's basketball program that finished 16-11 overall a year ago and reached the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals for the sixth time in the last seven years.
"I will be implementing an exciting brand of basketball focused on defensive pressure and highlighting the talents of our team as a whole," Foley said. "I've heard nothing but great things about the quality of student-athlete currently in the program—and I'm very excited to get to know our players and share my vision for this program moving forward."
Prior to his time at Centenary, Foley served four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Luther College. In his final two seasons, Foley helped guide the Norse to a 43-13 record (.768 percentage), two NCAA Tournament berths, two Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championships, and an IIAC regular-season title.
Foley is a graduate of Hendrix College, where he played both basketball and baseball. He was a starting forward for the first Warrior men's basketball team to qualify for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and earned honorable mention all-conference honors his senior season. He also started all four seasons at catcher for the Hendrix baseball team, helping the Warriors win the SCAC in 2009. He also captured SCAC All-Tournament honors as a catcher that season.