On the heels of landing commitments from former Chipola College guards Malik Zachery and Keishawn Brewton, it appears that the pipeline isn’t stopping there. Rumors are circulating that Chipola Head Coach Brendan Foley will be taking the assistant spot vacated by Hunter Jenkins.
Hearing Chipola JC(FL) is open , Coach is headed to Buffalo with player.— Coaching Changes (@CoachingChanges) May 18, 2020
Big news coming from Florida panhandle with Chipola job opening as Brendan foley taking Malik zachery and Keyshawn Brewton to Buffalo with him. After the Butch Pierre experiment has not gone well at Northwest Fla, expect Chipola to hire a guy with juco success on his resume— Juco News (@RealJucoNews) May 18, 2020
If the rumors are true, on its face, this seems like it would be a grand slam hire for the Bulls. Foley would be a great recruiter on the under-utilized JUCO transfer market that the Bulls have tapped into heavily in recent years. In addition, Foley would bring two years of head coaching experience to the Buffalo bench.
Frankly, it’s surprising to me that Foley would be enticed by the last assistant position on UB’s staff, so it’s possible this foreshadows further shuffling on the basketball staff, or perhaps the Bulls just landed a great candidate looking to get his foot in the door at the D1 level.
Some highlights of Foley’s resume:
- Chipola was ranked as high as #7 in NJCAA D1 while Foley was head coach.
- He has worked under Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, and Andy Kennedy.
- Since starting at Chipola in 2012, Foley has helped recruit and develop 40 D1 signees.
- He was named the #2 JUCO Assistant Coach by CoachStat.net in 2017.
- He was named one of the 50 Most Impactful Coaches in JUCO by Silver Waves Media.
Foley’s connections and proven track record of identifying and developing overlooked Division 1 basketball talent would be a great addition to the men’s basketball staff. We will keep you posted on developments surrounding these rumors.
Update: It’s official