Flanigan named new head coach for Foley’s Lady Lions basketball


FOLEY, Ala. -- 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 Class 7A Area 2 champions.

Prior to coming to Foley, coach Flanigan served as the head coach for girls’ basketball and the track and field at Central Baldwin Middle School in Robertsdale.

She was the head coach of the seventh and eighth grade boys’ basketball at Livingston Junior High School (Livingston) and worked as a summer basketball counselor with the Orlando Magic’s Basketball Camp.

“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,Flanigan said."”

A native of Fayette, Flanigan received All-Fayette County Honors in volleyball and basketball. She helped lead the Fayette County High School Lady Tigers basketball team to a Northwest Regional title in 2002. Collegiately, she played basketball at Shelton State Community College where she was selected as an NAJCC All-Star First-Team pick (2004) before transferring to the University of West Alabama where, as team captain, she helped lead the UWA Tigers to the second 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 also coached as a graduate assistant.

Foley High Principal Russ Moore said the program would remain in good hands.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Flanigan take the helm of our girls’ basketball program,” he said. “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 High School.”