Doyle, along with UR Director of Basketball Operations Natalie Lewis and pilot Daniel Kirk, perished during a freak accident at the start of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival on May 9.
Foley hired Doyle her first coaching job in Richmond back in 1999. He describes her as a young, vibrant woman who always worked hard at her job, saying he can’t believe she’s gone.
“She was a great player, one of the great shooters of all time,” he said.
Doyle transferred to the University of Richmond after two years at George Washington University. During her senior year, she set the NCAA foul-shooting record with 66 in a row, an honor she held for 18 years. After graduation, she worked at East Carolina University and the University of Rhode Island as an assistant coach before getting the chance to come back to the University of Richmond. Foley hired her as an assistant; Doyle told him she felt she was coming home.
“Ginny was coaching at URI when I had an opening in Richmond, and she was the first person I talked to,” Foley said. “She lived and breathed Richmond basketball. And she was so loyal.”
Doyle went on to become the associate head coach; Foley said she improved the program and touched many players along the way.
“Off the court she was like a mother to the players,” Foley said. “The players loved her, and she was just so good to them, just a kind person.”
Foley says he knows Doyle will be remembered and honored for what she accomplished both on and off the court.
“My heart really goes out to her family and staff in Richmond, because I know there’s going to be a big hole there that’s going to be really hard to fill.”