PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARSProvidence head coach Ed Providence basketball coach covers his ripped pants with a towel as the second half goes on the Big East championship. During providsnce second half of Villanova's overtime victoryCooley conspicuously had a large white towel draped around his backside. I didn't see it. Thank God I haven't had that yet. Cooley had changed into a sweatsuit by the time he reached the Madison Square Garden media room.
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Ed Cooley born September 10, is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Providence College Friars men's basketball team.
Cooley held the same position at Fairfield University from to He received the inaugural Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award , presented annually to the top minority men's college basketball coach in the nation. He did not score high enough on his first two attempts, scored a but was accused of cheating on his third test, and finally scored a on his fourth, supervised test.
Cooley was a three-year team captain at Stonehill, and was named to the Northeast Conference academic honor roll. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Stonehill in Meanwhile, Cooley began his coaching career at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth , spending the — season as an assistant men's basketball coach before returning to Stonehill as an assistant coach in — In nine seasons as an assistant at BC, Cooley helped the Eagles post a — overall record, which included five win seasons.
The team captured the —01 Big East Conference championship, five NCAA tournament berths, and one National Invitation Tournament , giving the team six post-season berths in nine seasons. Cooley earned his first head coaching position in for Fairfield University of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
In five seasons, Cooley's teams posted a 92—69 overall record and 58—32 conference record. In —10, with a 23—11 record, Fairfield advanced to postseason play, setting an NCAA Division I postseason record by overcoming a point halftime deficit to win in overtime over George Mason in the CollegeInsider.
The Stags were defeated in the quarterfinals of the tournament by Creighton. They were defeated by Kent State in the second round of the NIT , finishing with a school-record 25—8 record. On March 22, , Cooley returned to his hometown and the Big East, replacing Keno Davis as head coach at Providence College ,  becoming the 15th head coach in program history.
Cooley began to reinvigorate the program by recruiting six consensus Top recruits in his first three years. In his first season at Providence, Cooley led the Friars to a mark overall, posting an mark at home in non-conference action and going in the Big East.
In his second season, Cooley led the Friars to a record overall and a mark in league play. Included in the Big East record in was a mark over the last nine games of the conference season, marking the second best turnaround over second half of the season in Big East history. The Friars played the season with a short roster with transfers Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris having to sit out the year per NCAA transfer rules, five star Freshman shooting guard and Providence native Ricky Ledo sitting our per NCAA eligibility issues, and five star freshman point guard Kris Dunn sitting out the first semester with a shoulder injury.
Friars freshman guard Josh Fortune, was the only incoming player in season eligible to compete. After spending one year at Providence without being able to play, Ricky Ledo declared for the NBA draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves , eventually being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
In his third season at Providence and first season in the reconfigured Big East Conference, Cooley led the Friars to a mark in the Big East Conference and finished tied for 3rd with Xavier and St. Transfers Carson Desrosiers and sophomore forward Tyler Harris, were eligible to play their first season in black and white, having sat out the NCAA enforced one year period.
However, in addition to former point guard Vincent Council's graduation and Ricky Ledo entering the draft, Sophomore point guard Kris Dunn faced another shoulder injury and had to sit out almost the entire year as a medical redshirt , Cleveland State transfer sophomore guard Junior Lamomba had to sit out the NCAA enforced one year period, and incoming Freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock were suspended for the entire season due to an unspecified violation of team rules.
The Friars finished the season at mark overall, the most wins in a season since Entering the Big East Tournament, the Friars played as the fourth seed due to losing the tie-breaker with Xavier. By winning the Big East Tournament the team earned an automatic bid, removing any "bubble" fears. On their way to making history as the first tournament champion of the reconfigured league, Junior forward Ladonte Henton was named to the All-Tournament Team and Senior guard Bryce Cotton was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player.
The Friars lost , but in defeat, Bryce Cotton scored a career high 36 points, making him the fourth all-time leading scorer in Providence College basketball history. Despite the loss, the season marked yet another major step forward by Cooley's in rebuilding the PC basketball program.
In his fourth season at Providence, Cooley led the Friars to a record and went in the Big East while finishing in sole possession of fourth place in the conference. Cooley received a boost by a dynamic recruiting class which included 3 composite Top recruits Paschal Chukwu, Jalen Lindsey, and Ben Bentil , as well as the return of Kris Dunn from his redshirt year due to his shoulder injury the season prior. Despite losing sharpshooter Josh Fortune as a result of transfer to the University of Colorado, Cooley gained the eligibility of transfer guard Junior Lomomba, who was forced to sit out the season before due to NCAA regulations.
After beginning the season including an exciting victory over Notre Dame in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun , Providence was ranked 25 in the coaches poll, their first ranking since the season.
They later debuted in the AP poll on February 23, and peaked as high as 23rd in the polls. Once again, the Friars faced St. John's in the first round of the Big East tournament, winning comfortably, before setting up a matchup against 4 Villanova in the second round of the tournament. Despite being heavy underdogs, Providence fought valiantly, only to be called for a controversial foul with 3.
Villanova would later go on to win the Big East Tournament. Controversy again ensued for Ed Cooley's Friars, as the site of the game would be played in Columbus, Ohio, just 80 miles from Dayton's campus. Despite having qualified for the game two days before and being undersized, Dayton controlled the pace of play, and PC struggled after star guard Kris Dunn picked up 2 fouls in the first 2: After Providence cut the lead to with 6: After the season, with star forward LaDontae Henton already graduating from the program, the other starting forward for the Friars, Tyler Harris, decided to explore a graduate season at the University of Auburn, and the Friars also lost highly regarded freshman Paschal Chukwu to Syracuse as a late transfer, a decision that surprised and confused Coach Cooley.
In his fifth season, Cooley led the Friars to a 24—11, 10—8 in Big East play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They defeated Butler in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Villanova.
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