Ed Cooley

Ed Cooley (born September 10, 1969)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Providence Friars
Current conference: Big East Conference
Fairfield record: 92-69 (.571)
Providence record: 221-141 (.610)
Overall record: 313-210 (.598)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2011-present Providence
2006-2011 Fairfield
1997-2006 Boston College (asst)
1996-1997 Rhode Island (asst)
1995-1996 Stonehill (asst)
1994-1995 UMass-Dartmouth (asst)

Ed Cooley Facts

  • Ed Cooley
  • Born September 10, 1969
  • Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Alma Mater: Stonehill College (BA, 1994)
  • Was named Rhode Island Player of the Year twice while starring at Central HS in Providence
  • Played at New Hampton School and at D-II Stonehill College (MA), where he was three-year captain for coach Raymond Pepin
  • Started his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant at D-III UMass-Dartmouth for head coach Brian Baptiste and after one year returned to Stonehill to spend one year as an assistant there under Dave DeCiantis
  • Spent one season at Rhode Island and nine seasons at Boston College as an assistant to head coach Al Skinner
  • Was head coach at Fairfield for five seasons, leading the Stags to a MAAC title and NIT berth in 2011
  • Returned to his hometown in 2011 when he was hired to be the new head coach of the Providence Friars
    • Led the Friars to five straight 20+ win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances (2013-18)
    • In 2022, Cooley’s team won the first Big East regular season title in the program’s long history
  • Along with his wife, Nurys, has one daughter and one son

Ed Cooley Coaching Tree