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On March 22, 2011, Ed Cooley became the 15th head coach at Providence College. He came to Providence College after spending five seasons as the head coach at Fairfield University.

In 11 seasons at Providence College, Cooley has posted a 221-141 mark, which includes six trips to the NCAA Tournament, a berth in the Sweet 16 (2022), a BIG EAST Regular Season Title (2022) and a BIG EAST Tournament Title (2014). In 2022, he was named the recipient of the Naismith Coach of the Year, the Sporting News Coach of the Year, the BIG EAST Coach of the Year, the NABC District 5 Coach of the Year and the USBWA District 1 Coach of the Year. He is the only Friar head coach to be named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year.

In 16 seasons as a head coach, Cooley has a 313-210 record. When Cooley was hired in 2011, the Friars had finished under .500 in six of the 10 previous seasons and had been to just one NCAA Tournament (2004) in that 10-year span. Since his hiring, Cooley has led the Friars to eight post-season tournament berths (seven consecutive from 2013-19) (2019-20 there was no post-season due to the Covid-19 pandemic), including a school-record six NCAA Tournament appearances (2014-18 and 2022). In 2022, he guided the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the program's first BIG EAST regular season title. In 2014, he led the team to the BIG EAST Tournament title.

Cooley reached new heights in 2021-22. His team registered a 27-6 mark to log the second most wins in team history. The team also recorded a program best 14-3 BIG EAST record and captured its first-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Title despite being picked seventh in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. The squad also earned the top seed in the history of the program when it was selected as a 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament. The Friars posted wins in the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 25 years (1997) and the sixth time in the history of the program. Graduate student Nate Watson and junior Jared Bynum earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. Bynum also became the first Friar to recieve the BIG EAST 6th Man Award.

The 2020-21 squad posted a 13-13 mark and a 9-10 record in BIG EAST play. The team was led by Nate Watson and David Duke. Both players earned Second Team All-BIG EAST accolades. Duke also was named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America.

In 2019-20, the Friars had the best mid-season improvement of any Division I team as the squad improved from 6-6 to finish the year with a 19-12 mark - a NET ranking improvement of 119 spots (156 to 37). The team posted a 12-6 record in BIG EAST action and finished in fourth place.

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