Adam Foley Named Head Coach of GW Water Polo Teams

Adam Foley has served as interim head coach of the water polo programs since December.
April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON - Adam Foley has been named head coach of the George Washington men's and women's water polo teams, GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero announced on Wednesday.

Foley, who was an assistant coach with the program in the fall, has served as interim head coach since December.

"Adam emerged from a very strong pool of candidates as the right fit for the GW water polo program," Nero said. "He has vast coaching experience at both the collegiate and international levels, and his familiarity with the teams and student-athletes from this season will give him a jumpstart as he seeks to take GW men's and women's water polo to the next level.

Coach Foley was on the bench this fall when the GW men's team knocked off 12th-ranked St. Francis Brooklyn, the highest-ranked opponent the Colonials have ever defeated, en route to its own top-20 ranking for three weeks. This spring he has guided the women's squad to a 12-14 overall record.

"I am very honored to remain a part of this community as GW Athletics continues its path toward excellence," said Coach Foley. "I look forward to sharing the incredible opportunity student-athletes have at GW with all potential student-athletes in the water polo world. It is our aim that both the men's and women's water polo programs at GW compete at the upper echelon of their conferences and the NCAA."

Coach Foley joined the Colonials after one year as an assistant men's coach at Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) rival Johns Hopkins, where he helped guide the Blue Jays to a 21-10 record in 2013, the third 20-win season in program history.

Prior to his stint at Johns Hopkins, Coach Foley spent two years with the Trinidad and Tobago national team, serving as its technical director of water polo development and head coach of the senior and junior national teams. During his tenure, the Trinidad and Tobago youth squad qualified for the World Junior Championships and the country established itself as the premier team in the region.



Coach Foley was head coach of the MIT men's varsity team and women's collegiate club squad from 2007-11. During his four years in Cambridge, the Engineers' men's program posted a 48-55 record and won a pair of CWPA Division III Eastern Championship titles in 2007 and 2010. While at MIT, Coach Foley coached two CWPA Northern Division Rookies of the Year and seven Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Americans, and in 2008 he was named the CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year.

Coach Foley was a four-year standout at two-meter defense for the University of Redlands in Southern California, ranking seventh in school history in goals (111), fifth in assists (103), third in steals (202) and fifth in ejections drawn (100) when he graduated. As a senior in 2003, Coach Foley was named both Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Player of the Year and ACWPC Division III National Player of the Year after tallying 39 goals, 36 assists and 60 steals.

A three-time All-SCIAC selection and a member of three SCIAC championship teams, Coach Foley led Redlands to an 80-40 (.667) overall record and a stunning 33-1 (.971) mark in the SCIAC during his four-year playing career.

Upon graduation, Coach Foley joined the Redlands coaching staff as a graduated assistant for the men's and women's water polo and swimming programs. During his one-year tenure with his alma mater, Coach Foley helped guide the Bulldogs' men's water polo team to a 24-11 record and the women's squad to a 20-13 mark and a SCIAC title.

Coach Foley has also served as a statistical consultant for James Graham and Associates, the pioneer in the field of water polo analytics. In addition, he was an associate coach for the U.S. Olympic Development Program in the Northeast Zone for boys 18-and-under for a year (2010-11).

A native of Ashland, Oregon, Coach Foley earned his bachelor's degree in history from Redlands in 2004 and his master's degree in teaching and curriculum development from Northeastern University in 2009.

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