ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) has been named assistant coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program it was announced today by Scott Monaghan, director of operations for the NTDP. Foley, who takes the place of Darrin Madeley, will work primarily with the U.S. Under-18 Team.
"Pat is an extraordinary young man with a great future in the game," said Monaghan. "He will bring a great perspective, as a former NTDP player, for both our players and staff."
Foley is a 2004 graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he was only the second player in Wildcat history to serve as a captain for three consecutive seasons. While at UNH, Foley reached the NCAA Frozen Four twice (2002, 2003) including an appearance in the championship game in 2003.
A sixth round selection (185 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Foley is very familiar with the USA Hockey program. In 2000, he was a captain on the U.S. World Junior Team. In 1999 Foley was a captain for USA Hockey's NTDP and was a captain on the first U.S. Under-18 National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.
"Patrick has had a great hockey education as a player," said John Hynes, who will serve as the head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2005-06. "He has a working knowledge of our program and clearly has leadership skills and a passion for dealing with people. We are very excited to have Patrick working with our players and staff. He will be a tremendous role model and coach."
Foley joins the NTDP after spending time with the world champion Boston Red Sox as a member of the public affairs department.
"Returning to the USA Hockey family and reuniting with the National Team Development Program is an opportunity that excites me," said Foley. "I look forward to continuing the pride, traditions and sacrifices that continue to make our country competitive internationally."
Foley will begin his duties on July 18.