Emer Foley a native of Bray, Ireland returns to the women’s basketball staff for her second season as the lead assistant under head coach Bill Sullivan. Prior to Barry, Foley taught Physical Education at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. She also coached the Dreadnaughts at Lakeland Senior High for two seasons.
Foley was a star at conference rival Florida Southern, helping the Lady Mocs to a 33-23 mark over her two years. She finished her career with 1,023 points and 665 rebounds in 84 games between Florida Southern College and The University of Southern Mississippi.
Foley played in 41 games in two seasons with the Mocs and made 33 starts at forward. She scored a total of 551 points and 354 rebounds in two seasons, averaging 14.4 points and 9.9 rebounds as a junior in 2007-08. She earned Second-Team All-SSC honors in 2007-08. She scored a season-high 30 points against Puerto Rico-Bayamon on Nov. 11, 2007 and had a career-high 19 rebounds versus Flagler on Dec. 8. As a senior Foley missed half her season due to injury. She was 46 percent from the floor scoring in double figures in 9 of her 14 game appearances. She averaged 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, with a season high 20 points against Tampa and 13 rebounds against Alabama Huntsville.
Her college basketball career began at The University of Southern Mississippi. She received Conference USA player of the week, Southern Mississippi Student- Athlete of the week, led her team in rebounding and was second in scoring. As a forward in her freshman year, she scored a season-high 27 points off the bench on 10-of-12 shooting from the field, also pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds against East Carolina University. She grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds against University of New Orleans. She scored in double-figures in nine of the last 10 games that season and averaged a double-double in those 10 games.
As a sophomore Foley averaged 14.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 18 games. She had a career high game scoring 36 points and 21 rebounds against Jacksonville State in 2007. Foley scored in double figures in 11 games, scored 20 or more points in three other games and had four games in double figure rebounding.
She was selected for the Irish International Basketball Team at age fourteen and represented her country on the Irish International Team Under-15, Under-16, Junior Women’s, Under 20’s and at the World University Games in Turkey in 2005.
Her international awards range from being named Irish School Girl of the Year 2001, European Championship Under-16 Tournament Top Rebounder 2002 in Portugal, Irish Player of the Year 2003 and named Irish Team MVP in the Under 20’s European Championships in Lithuania 2006 where she averaged 18 points and 14.2 rebounds. With a top scoring game of 29 points and 16 rebounds against Portugal and a top rebounding game against Israel with 19 rebounds and 21 points.
She also received academic awards such as The University of Southern Mississippi Academic Honors (2004-2005) GPA 3.2, Division II Academic Achievement Award and was a member of the Sunshine State Conference Commissioners’ Honor Roll 2007-2009 and graduated cum laude from FSC with a 3.6 GPA. She received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration graduating with a 4.0 from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla.