As a player Foley won 201 caps for Munster, retiring from playing at the end of the 2007/08 season and joined the Munster backroom staff in July 2008 as Technical Advisor and Assistant Coach for Defence. Since then he has held the position of Head Coach with both the Munster U20s and Munster's British & Irish Cup squad that reached the inaugural B&I Cup final in May 2010.
He moved to the position of Munster Rugby Forwards Coach at the start of the 2011/12 season and has gained experience at national level as the Forwards and Head Coach for the Ireland Wolfhounds, as well as Forwards Coach for Ireland.
Foley will commence his new role of Munster Rugby Head Coach in July 2014, after signing a two year contract that will keep him at the province until at least June 2016.
Foley's father Brendan also played for Ireland as did his sister Rosie.