Courtesy of Susquehanna Athletic Communications
Selinsgrove, Pa. – Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson announced Thursday morning the resignation of Jerry Foley after 10 years at the helm of the Susquehanna University men's and women's swimming & diving programs. Foley will stay on through the end of May.
Foley is leaving the collegiate ranks to serve as the Senior Director of Competitive Swimming for the YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA) in Raleigh, N.C. In his new position, he will provide the vision and direction for a mega YMCA swim team that has eight training sites with over 30 coaches and 650 swimmers.
"I am very grateful to Coach Foley for all that he has done for SU Athletics. He not only won conference championships, he developed a team culture that provided our student-athletes an outstanding experience and prepared them to succeed well beyond SU. His impact on student-athletes and his leadership in our department will truly be missed," Samuelson expressed.
Under Foley, the swimming & diving programs experienced extraordinary success. Susquehanna women's swimming is coming off its ninth consecutive Landmark Conference championship title. The River Hawks sent three swimmers to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
In addition, he has mentored six Landmark Swimmers of the Year, five Landmark Rookies of the Year, one Landmark Diver of the Year, and countless All-Landmark selections. Foley and his staff have also earned six Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year awards.
The River Hawks have proven academic excellence with Foley in charge, combining for 23 CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors and nine CSCAA Scholar All-America awardees.
Foley stated, "Words cannot express my feelings or the gratitude I feel for the opportunity given to me at SU over the past ten years. One of the highlights of my career is creating a championship environment for the swimming and diving program. However, my greatest joy has been all the relationships here and the mentoring of the student-athletes. The teams are poised for continued growth and success in the future."
A national search for the next Susquehanna head men's and women's swimming & diving coach will begin immediately.