Ed Cooley Contract Extension

Ed Cooley, born in the United States on September 10, 1969, is the current head coach of the Providence College Friars men’s basketball team. From 2006 through 2011, Cooley worked at Fairfield University in the same capacity. He was honored as the first recipient of the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award, given yearly to the nation’s best minority men’s college basketball coach.


Today (September 6), it was announced by Providence College President Reverend Kenneth Sicard, O.P., and Vice President/Athletics Director Steve Napolillo that Providence College men’s basketball head coach Ed Cooley has agreed to an extension of his contract for an extended period of time.

Ed Cooley, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Providence College, once said, “Providence is my home and Providence is where I want to be.” “Not many coaches get to fulfill their childhood dream of coaching in their hometown, therefore I count myself really lucky to be able to do so. I’ve been fortunate enough to serve under outstanding leadership and to coach some of the top athletes in the country.

Thanks to Fr. Sicard and Steve Napolillo, I have the opportunity to continue my career at Providence College, an institution whose leadership I respect. Over the past decade and a half, we have seen unprecedented levels of financial and emotional support for our program from our donors and fans. In 2022, we had a great year, and I’m thrilled that we’ll get to try again for a BIG EAST championship this year.”

In 2022, the Friars went 27-6 under Cooley’s direction, and he was named Naismith Coach of the Year for his efforts. Both The Sporting News and The Field of 68 recognized Cooley as their National Coach of the Year. After earning the best seed in Friars history (No. 4), his team made it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament before losing, 66-61, to eventual champion Kansas on March 25.

The Friars advanced to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time overall, and the first time since 1997. The Friars’ 27 wins are tied for the second-most in a single season in school history. This is the sixth time in his eleven years at Providence that his team has finished with 20 or more victories and the seventh time overall. The Friars’ 16-1 home record was headed by Cooley and is their best since 1973-74. (16-0).

As of this past March, Cooley has been crowned the best coach in the BIG EAST. He made history by becoming the first coach in Friars’ history to be thus recognized. The Friars won their first BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and set a school record for wins with a 14-3 record in league play.

Ed Cooley Contract

When the annual BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll was revealed in October, the Friars were predicted to finish eighth despite having the best regular season record. Unfortunately for the Friars, they failed to place a single player on the All-BIG EAST First Team.

Until Cooley, no coach had won BIG EAST Coach of the Year without having at least one player named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. The Friars set a program record by winning eight straight games in the BIG EAST this year.

Fr. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P., president of Providence College, remarked, “Ed Cooley is such an amazing member of our College community.” “The fact that he was named the Naismith Coach of the Year just serves to further solidify the general consensus that he is a fantastic basketball coach.

He’s more than that to the Friar clan. Ed participates actively in all aspects of Providence College’s purpose and daily operations. Because of how happy and appreciative we are of his dedication to PC, we’ve decided to extend his contract and guarantee that we’ll keep our commitment to him and the rest of the men’s basketball team by providing them with our full backing.”

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Steve Napolillo, vice president and director of athletics at Providence College, put it this way: “In all strong relationships, there is a commitment to assist one other at the greatest level.” “Our dedication to Ed, the program, and his family is exemplified by our decision to extend his contract as we work toward our shared objective of winning the BIG EAST and the national title.

Ed Cooley Contract Extension

Ed has proven that he is the best possible fit for the roles of coach and representative of Providence College. He and his family—which includes his wife Nurys—are Friars. I hope to continue my partnership with Coach Cooley for many years to come.”

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Coach Cooley is in his 12th year at Providence and has led the Friars to a 221-141 record. At Providence, he has the second-most victories of all time. Meanwhile, Cooley spent five years (2006-20111) as Fairfield’s head coach, where he amassed a 92-69 record.

He has led Providence to six trips to the NCAA Tournament and two trips to the NIT in his 16 seasons as head coach. In 2014, his team, the Friars, won the BIG EAST Championship. Cooley worked as an assistant coach at Boston College for nine seasons under Al Skinner before taking over as head coach at Fairfield.

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