Ed Cooley

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Ed Cooley
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Providence
Record 57–44 (.564)
Biographical details
Born (1969-09-10) September 10, 1969 (age 45)
Providence, Rhode Island
Playing career
1989–1994 Stonehill
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995
1995–1996
1996–1997
1997–2006
2006–2011
2011–present
UMass–Dartmouth (asst.)
Stonehill (asst.)
Rhode Island (asst.)
Boston College (asst.)
Fairfield
Providence
Head coaching record
Overall 149–113 (.569)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
MAAC Regular Season Championship (2011)
Big East Tournament Championship (2014)
Awards
2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year
2011 MAAC Coach of the Year

Ed Cooley (born September 10, 1969) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Providence College Friars men's basketball team. Previously, Cooley had held the same position at Fairfield University from 2006–2011. He received the inaugural 2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the top minority men's college basketball coach in the nation.[1]

Early years[edit]

Cooley was born on September 10, 1969 in Providence, Rhode Island to Jane Cooley and Edward Smith.[2] He was one of nine children in a family on welfare, living in the low-income South Providence neighborhood.[3] However, he would later be taken in by neighbors Gloria and Eddie Searight, who provided Cooley with meals and a place to sleep.[2]

At Providence's Central High School, Cooley played basketball and twice earned Rhode Island Player of the Year honors. After graduating in 1988, Cooley attended the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire for a post-graduate year in 1988–1989. Matriculating to Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, Cooley was required to take the SATs four times before the NCAA allowed him to play basketball there. He did not score high enough on his first two attempts, scored a 900 but was accused of cheating on his third test, and finally scored a 1390 on his fourth, supervised test.[3]

Cooley was a three-year team captain at Stonehill, and was named to the Northeast-10 Conference academic honor roll. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Stonehill in 1994.

Coaching career[edit]

Following college, Cooley taught history at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School in Massachusetts from 1994–1996. Meanwhile, Cooley began his coaching career at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, spending the 1994–1995 season as an assistant men's basketball coach before returning to Stonehill as an assistant coach in 1995–1996.

In 1996, Cooley joined Al Skinner's staff as an assistant coach for URI, before following Skinner to Boston College in 1997. In nine seasons as an assistant at BC, Cooley helped the Eagles post a 175–108 overall record, which included five 20-win seasons. The team captured the 2000–01 Big East Conference championship, five NCAA tournament berths, and one National Invitation Tournament, giving the team six post-season berths in nine seasons.

Fairfield University (2006–2011)[edit]

Cooley earned his first head coaching position in 2006 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 2009–10, with a 23–11 record, Fairfield advanced to postseason play, setting an NCAA Division I postseason record by overcoming a 27-point halftime deficit to win in overtime over George Mason in the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Stags were defeated in the quarterfinals of the tournament by Creighton. In 2010–11, Cooley's Fairfield squad captured the MAAC regular season championship before falling in the semifinals of the 2011 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament. They were defeated by Kent State in the second round of the 2011 NIT, finishing with a school-record 25–8 record. Cooley was named MAAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and was the USBWA District 1 Coach of the Year.

Providence College (2011–present)[edit]

On March 22, 2011, Cooley returned to his hometown and the Big East Conference, replacing Keno Davis as head coach at Providence College.,[4] becoming the 15th head coach in program history. Cooley brought a reinvigorated energy surrounding the program and recruited six consensus Top 100 recruits in his first three years.

2011–12 Season[edit]

In his first season at Providence, Cooley led the Friars to a 15-17 mark overall, posting an 11-3 mark (8-0 at home) in non-conference action and going 4-14 in the Big East. That season, point guard Vincent Council was named All-BIG EAST Third Team and forward LaDontae Henton earned BIG EAST All-Rookie Team accolades.

2012–13 Season – NIT Quarterfinals[edit]

In his second season, Cooley led the Friars to a 19-15 record overall and a 9-9 mark in league play. Included in the 9-9 BIG EAST record in 2012-13 was a 7-2 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 Desrosier and Tyler Harris having to sit out the year per NCAA transfer rules, four star Freshman shooting guard and Providence native Ricky Ledo sitting our per NCAA eligibility issues, and four 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 2012-2013 season eligible to compete. Cooley guided the Friars to the NIT where the squad posted a 2-1 record, beating Charlotte and Robert Morris before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual NIT Champion Baylor. That season, combo guard Bryce Cotton was named All-BIG EAST First Team and Kadeem Batts was recognized as a co-winner of the league's Most Improved Award and earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades. After spending one year at Providence without being able to play, Ledodeclared for the 2013 NBA Draft and was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, eventually being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

2013–14 Season – BIG EAST Tournament Champions / NCAA Tournament 2nd Round[edit]

In his third season at Providence and first season in the reconfigured BIG EAST Conference, Cooley led the Friars to a 10-8 mark in the BIG EAST Conference and finished tied for 3rd with Xavier and St. John's. Transfers, Junior forward 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 Senior 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 23-12 mark overall, the most wins in a season since 1996-1997. Two players received regular season honors, Senior point guard Bryce Cotton was named All-BIG EAST First Team and Senior forward Kadeem Batts earned All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades. Entering the BIG EAST Tournament, the Friars played as the 4th seed due to losing the tie-breaker with Xavier. They defeated St. John's in the Quarterfinals, Seton Hall in the Semifinals, and Creighton in the thrilling final at Madison Square Garden, claiming PC's second tournament title in BIG EAST history. 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. On selection Sunday, the Friars were given the 11th seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament East Regional and faced the UNC. The Friars lost 77-79, but en route Bryce Cotton scored a career high 36 points, making him to 4th all time leading scorer in Providence College basketball history. Despite the loss, the season marked yet another major step forward by Ed Cooley& Co in rebuilding of the PC basketball program.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Fairfield (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2006–2011)
2006–07 Fairfield 13–19 10–8 T–5th
2007–08 Fairfield 14–16 11–7 T–5th
2008–09 Fairfield 17–15 9–9 T–4th
2009–10 Fairfield 23–11 13–5 2nd CIT Second Round
2010–11 Fairfield 25–8 15–3 1st NIT Second Round
Fairfield: 92–69 (.571) 58–32 (.644)
Providence (Big East Conference) (2011–2013)
2011–12 Providence 15–17 4–14 15th
2012–13 Providence 19–15 9–9 T–9th NIT Quarterfinals
Providence (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Providence 23–12 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
2014–15 Providence 0-0 0-0
Providence: 57–44 (.564) 23–31 (.426)
Total: 149–113 (.569)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Former Players in the NBA[edit]

Ricky Ledo, Providence College '12-'13, Dallas Mavericks

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torsiello, John (November 19, 2010). "Basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley is nationally recognized with the Ben Jobe Award". Fairfield University Magazine. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Katz, Andy (July 8, 2011). "Ed Cooley returns to PC a success story". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "PC's Cooley shares story at Park View". Warwick Beacon. June 22, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Katz, Andy (March 22, 2011). "Providence picks Ed Cooley as coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 

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