OFFICIAL: Foley named Assistant Basketball Coach at Buffalo

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University at Buffalo men’s basketball head coach Jim Whitesell has announced the addition of Brendan Foley as assistant coach.  Foley has an impressive resume, most recently serving as the head coach of Chipola Junior College, one of the top JUCO programs in the nation.

Foley just completed his second season as head coach at Chipola after previously serving on the staff as an assistant. Over the last two seasons, Foley has coached a pair of new signees for the Bulls in Malik Zachery and Keishawn Brewton.

“I’m excited and honored to join Coach Whitesell and his staff at UB,” said Foley. “I’ve always had the upmost respect for the Buffalo program and have followed their success over the years. I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of such a special tradition and work with a great group of young men, both on and off the court.”

During the 2018-19 season, Foley led the Indians to a 27-5 overall record and were runners-up in the Panhandle Conference with a 9-3 finish. They made an appearance in the Region VIII tournament for the second consecutive year. The Indians were ranked in 11-of-12 NJCAA Top 25 polls climbing as high as seventh nationally. Off the court, the Indians were active in the community and the team boosted over a 3.0 team GPA, which included six members on the FCSAA All-Academic team.

As an assistant coach during the 2016-17 season, Foley was named the second-ranked Junior College Assistant Coach in the country by During his tenure at Chipola, he has helped graduate and move 35 players to the Division I level, including former Bull Antwain Johnson.

Foley helped coach the 2013-14 Indians to a 26-6 record, and a Panhandle and Region VIII championship. The Indians advanced to the NJCAA Elite Eight.

The Indians maintained a Top 10 ranking in the NJCAA throughout the 2013-14 season, climbing to a #1 ranking in January 2014. Foley also helped coach Sam Cassell Jr., who was selected a ?rst team NJCAA All-American. 
Foley helped coach the 2012-13 Indians to a 26-5 record and Top 15 national ranking in the NJCAA. Chipola also made an appearance in the FCSAA Region VIII tournament. 

“Brendan brings us outstanding experience,” said Whitesell. “He has served many years as an assistant coach and for the last two seasons as head coach at one of the top junior colleges in the nation.  He comes highly recommended by Bob Huggins as well as many college and junior college coaches through out the country, but the biggest recommendations have come from his former players. They spoke about how much they enjoyed playing for him and how much they improved under his guidance, as well as his care for his players off the court.”

Prior to arriving at Chipola, Foley served as assistant coach at Santa Fe College (Gainesville, Florida) from 2008-12. While at Santa Fe, he helped coach the 2011-12 Saints to a 26-5 record; Mid-Florida Co-Conference championship; Top 10 NJCAA ranking; FCSAA Region VIII tournament appearance.

Foley earned his master’s degree in May 2008 from Kansas State University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant for Bob Huggins and Frank Martin. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati where he entered as a practice player and served as head student manager under coaches Bob Huggins and Andy Kennedy. Foley also played one year at Avila University in Kansas City, MO.

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