E. W. Foy

E. W. Foy (1937-2014)

Teams coached: Southeastern Louisiana Lions, McNeese State Cowboys
Southeastern Louisiana record^: 65-64 (.504)
McNeese State record: 52-26 (.667)
Overall record^: 117-90 (.565)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southland Regular Season Champion:  1  (1975)
  • Gulf South (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (1973)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  1  (1973)


  • Gulf South (Div II) Coach of the Year:  1  (1973)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1974-1977 McNeese State
1969-1974 Southeastern Louisiana

E. W. Foy Facts

  • Ernest Foy
  • Born February 6, 1937
  • Died June 7, 2014
  • Hometown: Osyka, Mississippi
  • Alma Mater: William Carey University (BS, 1959) / Louisiana State University (MS, 1969)
  • Born in New Orleans and raised in Osyka, MS, Foy graduated from SW Mississippi CC and then played basketball at William Carey (MS)
  • Started his career at Baton Rouge JHS (LA), where he taught and was an assistant basketball coach from 1959-62
    • Became head coach in 1962; named Coach of the Year in 1968 after leading the team to a State 4-A title
  • Hired in 1969 to be the head coach at then-Division II Southeastern Louisiana; led the Lions for five seasons
    • Was 65-64 overall, with his best season being 1972-73 when the Lions won the Gulf South title and Foy was named Gulf South COY
  • Left for D-I McNeese State in 1974, coaching the Cowboys for the next three seasons
    • Won the Southland title in his first year; went 52-26 overall and won 16+ games each year
  • Stopped coaching in 1977 to work in private sector, opening Western Auto Associate Store in Mississippi
  • Returned to coaching in 2000, taking over at Parklane Academy (MS); final coaching job was at Amite County HS (MS), where he worked until 2012
  • Passed away in June 2014 at the age of 77; survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Jane, and their three children

E. W. Foy Coaching Tree

  • Norm Picou (Southeastern Louisiana)
  • Steve Welch (McNeese State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels; SE Louisiana was a Division II program during Foy’s tenure there