Foley High School is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Emily Flanigan as the head coach of the Lady Lions Basketball team.
Flanigan, who has served as an assistant coach for the last three years, will replace Coach Sally Jeter who is stepping down to focus on her role as the Associate Athletic Director for Girls’ Sports at Foley High. “Coach Flanigan has been instrumental in our program’s success in her three seasons as an assistant,” said Jeter. “I have complete confidence in her ability to step into this role as the head coach and to lead this team on and off the court at the highest level.” The Lady Lions finished the 2019-2020 season with an overall record of 31-3 and were the 7A Area Champions.
Prior to coming to Foley, Coach Flanigan served as the Head Coach for Girls’ Basketball and Track and Field at Central Baldwin Middle School (Robertsdale, AL), the 7th and 8th grade Boys’ Basketball Coach at Livingston Junior High School (Livingston, AL), and worked as a Summer Basketball Counselor with the Orlando Magic’s Basketball Camp. Flanigan said, “My passion for coaching came from my love for playing and my desire to help others grow not only as athletes, but also as individuals.”
A native of Fayette, AL, Flanigan received All County Honors in volleyball and basketball and helped lead the Fayette County High School Lady Tigers Basketball Team to a Northwest Regional title (2002). Collegiately, she played basketball at Shelton State Community College where she was selected as an NAJCC All-Star 1st Team pick (2004) before transferring to the University of West Alabama where, as team captain, she helped lead the UWA Tigers to the 2nd round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament. Flanigan earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Education in Physical Education from the University of West Alabama where she coached as a graduate assistant.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Flanigan take the helm of our girls’ basketball program. She is a great coach and an even better person. She is a leader in our physical education department, and she is a key member of our school task force working with the Hope Institute to develop a culture of character on our campus. As a parent, one wants the very best people mentoring and influencing one’s children; Coach Flanigan is very well prepared to expand her sphere of influence at Foley HS.” Russ Moore, principal