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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