By Harry Allison

So, who exactly is Ed Foley, who was named last week to be Temple’s interim head coach after Matt Rhule took the Baylor job, and will lead the Owls in the Military Bowl against Wake Forest?

Foley is in his ninth season with Temple and was previously in his fourth as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach after two seasons as the director of football operations. Prior to that, he served as the Owls’ recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach/assistant offensive line coach for three seasons.

In 2015, he added special teams coordinator to his resume and his units made an immediate impact. Temple blocked an NCAA leading seven kicks, Jahad Thomas tied a team record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Austin Jones set the school record for field goals made (23) and points by a kicker (113).

In his first year back on the sidelines, Foley helped develop former QB Chris Coyer into a tight end. That progress was hindered due to nagging injuries but Coyer closed out his senior campaign with 129 receiving yards and a TD in the season finale.

In 2010, Foley’s tight ends and offensive line helped the team to an 8-4 regular-season record. The Owls recorded back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1978-79. A school record six offensive players earned All-MAC accolades, including first-team honorees TE Evan Rodriguez, OL Colin Madison, and OL Darius Morris. Madison and Morris became the first repeat first-team All-MAC recipients in school history.

In 2009, the tight ends and offensive line helped TU win a single-season record nine consecutive games en route to a 9-4 overall record and first-place tie in the MAC East. A school record five offensive players were named All-MAC, including senior TE Steve Maneri and four linemen. Juniors Colin Madison and Darius Morris earned First Team accolades.

In his first season with the Owls in 2008, Foley helped the Owls to their most wins in nearly two decades. The Owls out-scored their opponents for the season for the first time since 1990. Foley also helped Temple bring in its fourth highly touted recruiting class during the Golden Era.

A native of Cherry Hill, Foley returned to Temple after spending three seasons at Hofstra as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and offensive line coach. The Pride offense blossomed under Foley in his first year as coordinator, increasing its yardage total from 269 to 388 yards per contest from the previous year. The Pride’s scoring output also increased from 16.8 to 26.9 points per game. Foley also brought balance to the Pride attack as Hofstra’s rushing total was its highest since 2000 (145 yards/game) and its passing attack netted 243 yards per contest. Charles Sullivan left as the all-time leader in receptions and yards after catching 86 balls for 991 yards under Foley’s tutelage.


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