Jesse Foley ’89 returns as Holy Angels head boys basketball coach
(April 25, 2013—Richfield, MN) The Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) today announced the hiring of AHA alumnus Jesse Foley ’89 as its new head boys basketball coach. Foley returns to the bench after eight years away from high school coaching.
Foley was the head boys basketball coach at AHA from 1999-2005. During his six-year tenure, the team posted winning records five times, won the Missota Conference title in 2002, played in four section championships, advanced to the state tournament in 2002 and 2004, placing third in AAA in 2004. His overall playoff record was 16-6, a winning percentage of 73 percent. Foley was named the section coach of the year in both 2001 and 2002. The Stars were academic section champions in 2002.
During his years at Holy Angels, Foley coached a number outstanding student athletes, including Larry Fitzgerald (NFL all-pro), Andy Hannan (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), John Stocco (Wisconsin football), Stephen King (Minnesota Mr. Basketball 2002, Ohio University) and Jason Boerboom (Air Force Academy.)
Foley was an accomplished athlete during his years as an AHA student. The Stars finished the regular season with a 20-0 record during his junior year—which was the first year that AHA participated in the Missota Conference.
After high school Foley played at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, where he was named team captain his senior year. Following college, he played and coached professionally in Denmark for one season. Foley returned to AHA in 1996 as an assistant to former coach, Gary Rufsvold. He became the head coach in 1999.
AHA Athletic Director Michael Kautzman said, “Jesse’s knowledge, experience and success in the area of basketball combined with his background as an alum and his longtime commitment to AHA make him the ideal choice for this position.”
Since 1997, Foley has served as the Director of Admissions and Marketing for AHA. He will continue in that position. In 2008 Foley was awarded the AHA Staff Service Award.
Jesse Foley, his wife Annie ’92, and their six children live in Richfield.
The Academy of Holy Angels, located at 6600 Nicollet Avenue South in Richfield, Minn., is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school educating students in grades 9-12. Holy Angels offers a rigorous, broad-based curriculum and numerous opportunities to excel in academics, arts and athletics. Holy Angels welcomes students of all racial and religious backgrounds and is committed to providing need-based tuition assistance to qualified families. Visit the AHA Web site at www.academyofholyangels.org