Chipola head coach Brendan Foley accepts NCAA assistant job

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Chipola men's basketball head coach Brendan Foley has resigned to take an NCAA Division I assistant coaching position.

Chipola head coach Brendan Foley has resigned to take an NCAA assistant coaching job.

Chipola athletic director Jeff Johnson confirmed the decision to NewsChannel 7 Thursday afternoon, although Foley and his new school have declined to make the hiring announcement yet.

Foley joined the Indians as an assistant in 2012, helping graduate 35 players to the Division I level before taking the program over from Bret Campbell in 2018.

In two seasons as head coach, Foley went 27-5 and 18-10 for an overall record of 45-15, with injuries plaguing the 2019-2020 campaign.

"[Coaching at Chipola] has let me coach the game I love, has helped me grow in all aspects of life, and has introduced me to some of the best people," Foley said Thursday evening. "Chipola was never a stepping stone for me and I knew it would be a struggle if the time was ever right to leave. My life-long goal has been to be a Division I coach, and after 12 years in JUCO and eight years at Chipola, my family and I feel this is the time to take the leap of faith to the Division I level."

Indians signed to Division I programs from last year's team are Malik Zachery (Buffalo), Marial Mading (Pacific), Christian Lorng (American), Cheikh Faye (Eastern Kentucky), and Lat Mayen (Nebraska).

Foley has previously worked under Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, and Andy Kennedy.

"Marianna will always feel like home," Foley continued. "It has been an honor and a privilege to represent Chipola and my family and I will forever cheer on the Indians and Lady Indians as they continue to bring championships back to Marianna."

Foley is married to Natalie Foley, Chipola’s assistant athletic director. The couple is expecting their first child in June

Johnson tells NewsChannel 7 that although Chipola hates to lose a good, young coach like Foley, he understands the process; many D-I programs demand coaches get D-I experience if they are to be considered for head coaching jobs.

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