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PLYMOUTH 50-for-50: Her competitive nature set Alison Foley apart from the rest on the soccer field

PLYMOUTH 50-for-50: Her competitive nature set Alison Foley apart from the rest on the soccer field

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A true passion for the game helped Alison Foley excel as a soccer player and coach.

PLYMOUTH – The list of soccer credentials for this week’s 50-for-50 profile Alison Foley is long as well as impressive, and it all began with Plymouth Youth Soccer.

“It seems so long ago,” Foley joked. “My dad, Tom, was vice-president of Plymouth Youth Soccer, and he helped get it up and running with league president John Tocci. My older brother played soccer and that opened the door for myself and my brother (Plymouth North Girls Soccer Head Coach Eric Foley) to get involved with the game.

“I loved playing soccer when I was younger, and I guess I was lucky enough never to lose that love of the game.”

After a great playing career at Plymouth-Carver (Class of 1988) and then Keene State College (’91), Alison easily transitioned into the coaching ranks. She started right away as an assistant coach while working on her graduate degree at James Madison University. She was there for four years before traveling to Texas to take over as head coach of the Angelo State program for two seasons.

The Boston College head coaching job opened up in 1997 and that’s where Foley would call home for the next 22 seasons, becoming the winningest coach in program history (280-145-39). Along the way she led her teams to 15 NCAA Division I tournament appearances. Foley’s teams made it to the Sweet 16 eight times, the Elite 8 in four seasons as well as the Final Four in 2010.

Dennis Azevedo coached Foley in soccer and basketball at Plymouth-Carver. He said there was one thing in particular that set her apart.

“Alison had a competitive fire inside her that was unlike anything I’ve seen before or since,” Azevedo said. “She was absolutely driven to win and was not going to stop until she got to where she wanted to be.”

“I remember one home game when we were taking on Weymouth South for the Old Colony League championship,” Azevedo said. “They were coming off the bus and walking down the hill at the old Mario J. Romano Field when we saw that the coach was wearing a sweatshirt that had a P-C on it with a slash going through it.

“The girls were a little ticked when they saw what she was wearing, as was I, but Alison came up to me and said not to worry because she had the situation handled. Well Alison goes out and scores four goals and we take the OCL title with a 5-1 victory.

“That tells you all you need to know about Alison’s competitive nature. We were already a good soccer team, and Alison’s talent and drive made us into a very good soccer team.”

An All-State center midfielder twice at Plymouth-Carver, success followed Alison to Keene State, where she was a Division III All-American in 1990. She scored 33 goals and added 24 assists for 90 career points and is still ninth in career assists and points and 10th in career goals in program history.

Alison left Boston College after the 2018 season, but soccer is still a big part of Foley’s daily life. She’s a scout for the U.S. Youth National Soccer program and is CEO of Foley Athletic Advising, a business that helps guide families through the college recruiting process.

“I’m having a lot of fun with this business venture,” said Alison, who turned 50 last month. “We work as a consultant for prospective student-athletes who might be looking to play in college. We’ve got a lot of soccer players, but we have a good amount of kids that play other sports as well.”

A big part of finding the right college path for families is remembering there are two parts to the student-athlete combination.

“There are equal parts to that equation: student and athlete,” Alison explained. “It helps when you look at a prospective college and take athletics out of the equation. Does the school have what you want if you weren’t playing sports? You have to look at the size of the school, what majors does it have that might interest you, and what are the other intangibles” that could sway your decision.

“You also must remember that choosing a college is a process. Things very well could change along the way.”

Foley is becoming more experienced with the college recruiting process every day. Her daughter, Sidnie, is a high school junior being recruited as both a track star and a soccer player.

“I’m going through the recruiting process right now with Sidnie,” said Foley. “It opens your eyes seeing it from a different point of view.”

Foley recently finished her second book with co-author Mia Wenjen. “The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: The Insiders Guide” is available on Amazon as well audreypress.com this week.

Each week during 2020, the 50-for-50 project will profile a Plymouth person or state championship team that positively impacted the town in the last 50 years. To nominate someone, email Sports Editor David Wolcott Jr. at dwolcott@wickedlocal.com with information on the nominee.

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Alison Foley on Over The Ball Podcast with Kevin Flynn

Over the Ball Podcast with Kevin Flynn

Over the Ball Podcast with Kevin Flynn

This week on Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn, Grayle and Sam speak with Alison Foley, former Boston College women’s head coach and founder of Foley Athletic Advising, about her experience in the world of soccer and her new book The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide, co-authored by Mia Wenjen.

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Alison Foley will be on Over the Ball Podcast!

Alison Foley will be on Over the Ball podcast with Kevin Flynn

Co-author Alison Foley will be on Over the Ball podcast with Kevin Flynn on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 10 am EST.

Alison Foley will be on Over the Ball podcast with Kevin Flynn

 

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Did you catch her on Tackling College Sports podcast last week?

Tackling College Sports episode 039 with Alison Foley is available here. We discuss recruiting during COVID-19. Lots of useful info for student-athletes & her new book “The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship” is available here.

Co-author Alison Foley will be on Tackling College Sports podcast with Chris LeGates

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The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide is Out!

Alison Foley and I have a new book out, The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide, that helps parents and athletes navigate the college athletic recruitment landscape.

The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide

The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

Did you know that 80% of parents put their kids in sports with the hopes they can attend college on an athletic scholarship? But, without knowing the facts and strategies behind attaining the elusive full-ride scholarship, only 7% of high school athletes move on to college sports.

For those looking to go to college on a sports scholarship, the recruiting process can be both daunting and overwhelming. The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide breaks down the process step-by-step to help parents and athletes navigate the system and find the right college fit. Inside the pages of this book, readers will discover the answers to essential questions, such as: how do I get recruited, what are coaches looking for, and when does recruitment start? The book also covers crucial topics including recruiting Do’s & Don’ts; ways to communicate with coaches, teams, and schools; how academics play into the recruiting process; how to build a recruitment kit; the role parents play,  and much more. This guide lays out all the advice needed to maneuver through the recruiting and scholarship process successfully – and with minimum stress.

The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide

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How To Coach Girls wins Silver for Benjamin Franklin Award™

How To Coach Girls wins Benjamin Franklin Award™

We are thrilled to announce that How To Coach Girls won a Silver Award in the 31st Annual IBPA  Benjamin Franklin Award™ !

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, which include over fifty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S.

How To Coach Girls was in the Sports & Recreation category.

How To Coach Girls wins Benjamin Franklin Award™

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New England Soccer Journal Podcast: Alison Foley, Boston College head coach, co-authors book on coaching girls

Alison Foley How To Coach Girls

Alison Foley, who coached Boston College’s women’s soccer team for nearly two dozen years, recently co-authored a book titled “How To Coach Girls.”

New England Soccer Journal:  Podcast: Alison Foley, Boston College head coach, co-authors book on coaching girls

The book is designed to help coaches, namely those in youth and teenage sports, navigate the space and keep girls in organized sports. It’s available for purchase here and at local bookstores.

Foley also shared advice to prospective college soccer players, namely what she looks for on and off the field. Continue reading “New England Soccer Journal Podcast: Alison Foley, Boston College head coach, co-authors book on coaching girls”

The Conscious Kid reviews HOW TO COACH GIRLS

Thank you to The Conscious Kid for reviewing HOW TO COACH GIRLS:

The Conscious Kid reviews HOW TO COACH GIRLS

theconsciouskid Fearless social justice advocate, and founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia Wenjen, teamed up with Boston College’s Head Coach of Women’s Soccer, Alison Foley, to write a book called @howtocoachgirls. This guide book helps coaches create successful teams that motivate girls to stay in sports beyond their middle school years. .
Coaches have a significant ability to impact a girls’s life. Mia and Alison impart practical tips coaches can use to support each girl on a team in wanting to return the next season. They also leverage the ability of sports to teach important life skills, and share strategies on how to build self-advocacy, leadership and confidence. One of my favorite chapters was on Body Image & Sports, and how a coach’s language about things like body size and food can do a lot of damage.
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In addition, 15 professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, give their advice on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun. The book was published yesterday so is available now! Check out @howtocoachgirlsand @pragmaticmom for more information.

p.s. To learn more about How To Coach Girls, check out Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It’s available for purchase here.

How To Coach Girls Alison Foley Mia Wenjen coaching book for girls


 

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