Alison Foley enters her tenth season as the head coach of the Boston College women's soccer program. Under the direction of Foley, the Eagles have become one of the elite programs in the country as BC has posted a 116-60-14 mark in her tenure. Her overall coaching career record is 120-68-17.
In 2005, Foley led the Eagles to a 13-6-2 overall record and an 5-4-1 record in the teams first season in the ACC. The Eagles earned a ranking as high as eighth from the NSCAA during the season and finished 10th overall in the final poll.
The Eagles advanced to the NCAA tournament for the ninth time in the programs history. The team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the history of the program with wins over Dartmouth and Boston University. The Eagles also posted 13 shutouts, a new program record.
In 2005, Foley led the team to a 13-6-2 overall record and an 5-4-1 record the Eagles first season in the ACC. The Eagles earned a ranking as high as eighth from the NSCAA during the season and finished 10th overall in the final poll.
In 2004, the Eagles went as deep into the NCAA Tournament as they have ever gone. After finishing 12-5-0 in the regular season (7-3-0 in league games), the Eagles advanced to the BIG EAST Semifinals where they were defeated by eventual national champion Notre Dame.
After advancing to the NCAA Tournament, BC defeated Florida State and Central Florida before falling to Princeton, 2-0, in the third round. The only other time in program history where the Eagles advanced as far as the third round was in 1999, under Foley. Last season, Foley posted her 100th career win at BC with a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Sept. 26.
The 2003 season was the most successful for BC from the win-loss standpoint. The Eagles finished 15-3-3, defeated third-ranked Notre Dame to advance to their second-ever BIG EAST Championship game and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the third time in the last five years.
Foley was recognized for her squad's achievements in 2003 as she was named New England Co-Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA). She also earned Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year honors, making her one of six finalists for National Coach of the Year.
In 2002, Foley led the Eagles to a 11-8-1 record, including a 4-2-0 conference mark. Foley's 2002 campaign was highlighted by an 8-2-1 home record. Many of Foley's players earned postseason honors, including Sarah Rahko (BIG EAST First-Team selection) and Katie McGregor (BIG EAST All-Rookie Team selection).
The 2001 campaign saw the Eagles return to postseason play, finishing the season with an 11-10-1 record and earning an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. Individuals also flourished under Foley's guidance, including Sarah Rahko who earned the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year award, named a third team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Northeast Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz Magazine.
In 2000, BC staged a 14-7 campaign and advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. Senior stopper Sarah Powell earned second-team All-America honors, as well as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Freshman midfielder Sarah Rahko was the league's Rookie of the Year and also garnered Northeast Regional All-American honors.
The 1999 season will go down as one of the greatest in the program's history as the team compiled a 16-7-1 record overall and was selected for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985. The Eagles advanced to the "Sweet 16," matching the best performance by any women's athletic team in school history.
In honor of her team's achievements, Foley was selected as the NEWISA New England Coach of the Year.
Assuming head coaching duties in July of 1997, Foley's squads have been explosive, having outscored their opponents by nearly a two-to-one margin with 287 goals for and 160 goals against.
In her first season, she enjoyed a successful year, posing a 9-6-2 record. She followed up her impressive first season by guiding her 1998 team to a 12-6-6 record in 1998.
Before coming to Boston College, Foley served as the head coach at Angelo State (Texas) University. In her lone season at the helm, Foley led the Rambelles to a 7-8-1 record in 1996. In addition to her responsibilities at Angelo State, Foley served on the Olympic Development Program's staff for North Texas and Virginia in 1996.
Prior to accepting the job at Angelo State, Foley was an assistant coach at James Madison from 1992-96 and helped lead the team to a 51-30-3 record in four years. The Dukes were nationally ranked in each of those seasons, and in 1995, won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
A 1992 graduate of Keene (N.H.) State College, Foley was a member of the women's soccer team that made three NCAA semifinal appearances. The Owls were NCAA Div. II national finalists in both 1989 and 1990.
Foley, inducted in to the Keene State Hall of Fame in the fall of 1998, earned NSCAA/MetLife All-America honors and was a four-time all-New England and all-conference selection. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team three times.
Foley played for the Baltimore Bays of the United States Inter-regional Soccer League during the summers of 1994 and 1995.
The native of Plymouth, Mass. is currently a member of the NCAA regional advisory committee and has been a member of the Regional I ODP staff since 1998. Also active in soccer camps, Foley has served as the women's coordinator of the Keene State Soccer Camp since 1992.
Foley earned her master's degree in kinesiology from James Madison in 1994 and currently boasts NSCAA Advanced National and USSF Class A coaching licenses.
In 1998, Foley married Dave Kulik, a former assistant coach with the Boston College men's soccer team and the current head coach at Clark University. They have one daughter, Sidnie, who is one-and-a-half.