BRADFORD, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford has named former Panther standout Sarah Foley as the new head coach of the women's bowling team. Foley guided the Blue and Gold to consecutive AMCC championships in 2014 and 2015.
"I am very pleased that Sarah Foley has agreed to become our head women's bowling coach here at Pitt Bradford," athletic director Bret Butler said. "Not only was Sarah an outstanding collegiate bowler, she was also a very good student."
"She will do an excellent job leading our team not only athletically but also academically. I expect big things from our bowling team under Coach Foley's direction."
In its inaugural season, Pitt-Bradford entered the AMCC tournament seeded third, but Foley posted a league-high 201 average in the team format to help stake the Panthers to an early lead. Pitt-Bradford upset top-seeded Medaille in the Baker format, 1053-931, and captured the title by downing the No. 2 seed, Mt. Aloysius, 1006-880. For the season, the junior averaged 193 in team format games, tops among all bowlers, to earn Player of the Year honors.
As a senior, she led the Panthers to a repeat championship in 2015. Pitt-Bradford outpaced the rest of the field by 235 total pins. She led the conference in both Baker average (18.64) and team format average (194.71) and was named the Player of the Year for the second straight season.
"I was able to give to the program as a bowler," Foley said. "Now, I'm able to give as a coach. I'm grateful to give back in this way to a program that I was able to be a part of when it first formed."
Foley began her playing career at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, where she helped lead the Hawks to the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III and national championships. She was named an All-American for her efforts. Foley transferred to Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, New York, for her sophomore season. She was named the National Player of the Year after winning the NJCAA singles, doubles, and all-event individual championships.
Foley earned an associate's degree in criminal justice forensic investigations in 2013 from Herkimer County Community College, and she graduated with Cum Laude honors from Pitt-Bradford in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and minor's in forensic studies and athletic coaching.
Foley currently works as a teacher aide at Custer City Private School and resides in Bradford.