« Men’s Basketball 2009-10

Patrick Foley

School

Columbia University

Position
Guard
Major
History
PPG
9.7
RPG
1.7
APG
2.8

Classroom

Foley boasts a 3.87 grade point average while working toward a degree in history at Columbia University.  He was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team in February 2009, becoming only the second Columbia men’s basketball player in program history to earn the honor.  In addition, Foley earned Academic All-Ivy League honors last spring.  Foley is on pace to graduate in May 2010 and hopes to pursue a career in journalism or politics. 

Character

Foley has twice been named a team captain by his teammates, last year as a junior and this year as a senior.  He is a natural leader and was the men’s basketball team’s representative in Columbia’s Leaders for Life Program, a program designed to improve comprehensive leadership training to student-athletes from all of Columbia’s varsity teams.

Community

Columbia’s men’s basketball program takes pride in being active in the local New York City community and Foley has spearheaded a number of those activities.  A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Foley has helped organize an annual Thanksgiving food drive for local shelters.  Each year, Columbia basketball also holds the Tyler Ugolyn Champions of Character Clinic at Levien Gym, held in honor of former men’s basketball player Tyler Ugolyn (’01).  Local grade schools and youth organizations are invited to attend with instruction, fun and games organized by Columbia’s basketball student-athletes.

Competition

A natural leader on the court, Foley is one of the top point guards in the Ivy League.  Last year, he led Columbia in points per game, assists per game and free throw percentage.  Despite playing through a number of injuries throughout his entire career, he has consistently ranked among the top performers in the Ivy League in scoring, assists, free throw percentage and steals.