Men's Soccer's Foley to Participate in NCAA Forum
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HARRISONBURG, Va., June 7, 2012 -- James Madison associate head men's soccer coach Tom Foley has been invited to participate in the 2012 NCAA National Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.
Foley will participate in a coaches panel and a soccer-specific "breakout" session on June 9.
The NCAA-sponsored event is an educational forum where some 300 selected collegiate student-athletes will learn about and explore careers in intercollegiate athletics.
The Forum provides an opportunity for participants will examine the key functions of coaches and administrators within college sports, with an emphasis on communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting.
The event is meant to help student-athletes consider how their personal values intersect with opportunities in sports and teach them how behavioral styles impact effectiveness. Each student-athlete will develop a plan for growth and career development and will have the opportunity to network.
Foley is entering his fourth season as an associate head coach with the JMU program and his 10th JMU season overall. He has been associate head coach at JMU since 2009 and was an assistant with the Dukes' program from 1997-2003.
During Foley's tenure with the JMU program, the Dukes have played in three NCAA Tournaments (2000, 2001, 2011), including a round of 16 appearance in 2011. JMU teams have been nationally ranked in eight (1997-01, 2009-11) of his nine seasons with the program, and he has coached nine JMU players who have gone on to play professionally, including 2011 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year candidate CJ Sapong.
A native of Billerica, Mass., Foley is a 1991 graduate of Connecticut, where he was a Freshman All-America goalkeeper and made three NCAA Tournament appearances (1987, 88, 89). Foley was selected the Most Valuable Player at the 1989 Big East Tournament. He also holds a master's degree from Connecticut.