Ed Cooley Replaces Keno Davis As Providence Coach, According To Report

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Ed Cooley Hired As New Providence Basketball Coach, According To Report

Ed Cooley is the new head coach of Providence Friars basketball, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz. The Fairfield Stags coach is reportedly in the middle of the transition process, but told ESPN he’s informed Fairfield players he’s on his way out.

Providence fired coach Keno Davis on March 11 after the Friars went 18-36 in three years. Cooley went 25-8 in 2010-11, leading Fairfield to the MAAC regular-season crown, the NIT regional semifinals, and a postseason upset of Colorado State.

Cooley has previously been an assistant at Boston College, Rhode Island, and assorted other New England schools. Fairfield was his first head coaching gig. During his time with the Stags, he earned the 2010 Ben Jones National Coach of the Year award and the 2011 MAAC coaching award. He went 92-69 in his five Fairfield seasons, which also included a CBI berth.

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Providence Coach Keno Davis Fired, After 4-14 Big East Record In 2011

On Friday, Providence officials announced they have fired their men's basketball coach, Keno Davis, after three years with the Friars and an 18-36 record over that span in the Big East. For Providence, it's not necessarily a surprise that they'd want to move in a new direction. 

As athletic director Bob Driscoll said in the school's statement, "I appreciate everything Keno Davis has done for our basketball program during the last three years. We are committed to finding a head coach that will guide our program and help develop our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and on the court."

For Davis, it's probably not the end he imagined when he left Drake after a 28-5 season that saw him win National Coach of the Year, and had him pegged as one of the best young coaches in college basketball. Such is life in the Big East, though, where there's a deeper talent pool than anywhere else in the country.

More talent means more opportunity for success, which is why Davis went to Providence in the first place. But more opportunity also means less margin for error, and as Providence heads in a new direction today, Keno Davis just learned that lesson the hard way.

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