For Foley, currently forwards coach at the Irish province, it continues a link with Thomond Park that goes back to his debut in October 1994.
But with the RaboDirect PRO12 in full swing, Foley doesn't want to detract too much from their bid for silverware this season - despite being delighted at his appointment.
"It's joy, I suppose. It is a fulfilment," he told the Irish Examiner. "It was something you wanted and now that it is there, it starts in July and I have to do the job to the best of my ability.
"It will be the same philosophy I had as a player. What is my job? How can I get it done? Who do I need to get it done with? Who can help me? Making sure that we are doing it at a level we can win games at.
"I think taking the job, you ask yourself that question and you answer it again in five seconds.
"In saying that, am I going to talk to Declan Kidney in the next couple of weeks? Yes I will.
"Have I already spoken to Tony McGahan? Yes, I have. Will I get in touch with and chat with Alan Gaffney? Yes, I will.
"I believe they have been through all of this before. They know it, they understand it. Everybody has their own perspective of it.
"They still have a love for Munster and they still want to give back. When Munster play, whether they are watching it or catching up on Twitter, they have a love for this place still. It's just a matter of feeding off of that as well."