The Providence Journal reported Tuesday that Fairfield Head Coach Ed Cooley will be hired to be the next basketball coach at Providence College of the Big East. Providence recently dismissed coach Keno Davis after three years coaching the Friars.
Cooley coached Fairfield to the 2010-2011 regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title but lost in the MAAC Tournament on his home floor to Saint Peter's. Fairfield just completed play in the National Invitation Tournament in which they defeated Colorado State 62-60 in Colorado and lost at home in the second round to Kent State 72-68.
Cooley is a graduate of Stonehill College in the Boston area, where he was a three year captain and won an award as honor student. A native of Rhode Island, he was twice named Rhode Island High School Player of the Year. He has held coaching assignments at Massachusetts Dartmouth, Stonehill, Rhode Island, and Boston College. He served for ten seasons as an assistant to Al Skinner, first for one season at URI, then for nine years at BC. During his years with BC, the Eagles were 175-108 overall and had five 20 win seasons. The also won the 2000-01 Big East Championship.
Colley is a veteran coach, colorful guy, native Rhode Islander, and well respected recruiter who should have great potential to restore the Friars to competitiveness within the Big East.
Ken Kraetzer reports on Iona basketball and West Point football. He is a '79 Providence graduate. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.