After serving as a court coach for the 2013 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp last summer, Ed Cooley of Providence College was announced on Feb. 4 as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Men’s U18 National Team that went on to capture the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on June 24, 2014, after finishing with an unblemished 5-0 record. The first place finish qualified the USA for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
“It is an honor to represent our country and wear the red, white and blue,” Cooley said. “This is special to be able to work with two future Hall of Fame coaches. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to work with and learn from Billy and Sean, not to mention we get to represent our country. It is very inspiring.”
After a 2012-13 campaign that featured a 19-15 record and a trip to the NIT quarterfinals, Cooley led the Friars to a 23-12 record in 2013-2014, a Big East Tournament title in their first season as members of the Big East Conference, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament as the 11th-seed in the East Regional, advancing to the second round.
Having recently completed his eigth season as a collegiate head coach, Cooley, a native of Providence, R.I., has compiled a career head coaching record of 149-113 for a .569 winning percentage.
In 2011-12, his first season at Providence, he led the Friars to a 15-17 mark. The team posted an impressive 11-3 record in non-conference action, which included an 8-0 record at home.
During Big East Conference action, the Friars defeated No. 14/15 Louisville, 90-59. The 31-point win marked the Friars' largest margin of victory ever over a ranked team, and the squad also posted a 72-70 win over defending national champion Connecticut.
Before arriving at Providence in March 2011, Cooley spent five seasons as the head coach at Fairfield University (2006-07 to 2010-11) and his teams posted a 92-69 mark under his tenure.
While at Fairfield he received the inaugural 2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award, which is presented annually to the top minority men's college basketball coach in the nation.
Cooley became the first Fairfield head coach to guide the team to a .500 or better mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action in each of his first five seasons, leading the Stags to a 23-11 mark in 2009-10 and the team's first post-season berth since 2003. Facing George Mason University, Fairfield set a NCAA Division I post season record as the team overcame a 27-point, second-half deficit to win in overtime.
During his final year at Fairfield in 2010-11, he led the Stags to the MAAC regular season championship and was tabbed the conference's Coach of the Year. The team ended the year with a 25-8 overall record and advanced to the NIT second round.
He began his coaching career at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth where in 1994-95 he led the Corsairs to a 25-4 mark and a No. 3 NCAA Division III national ranking.
He returned to his alma mater, Stonehill College, and served as an assistant coach for one season (1995-96) before joining Al Skinner's staff at the University of Rhode Island for 1996-97. The next year, he followed Skinner to Boston College as an assistant coach for nine seasons (1997-98 to 2005-06).
As an assistant at Boston College, Cooley helped the program to 175-108 record, five NCAA Tournaments and one NIT, as well as the 2001 Big East Tournament title and conference regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
A 1994 graduate of Stonehill, Cooley was a three-time captain for the basketball team. He attended Central High School and earned two Rhode Island High School Player of the Year honors.
He also did a postgraduate year (1988-89) at New Hampton Prep before attending Stonehill.
|USA Basketball Coaching History|
|2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship||Assistant Coach||5-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|Totals||5-0||1.000||1 Gold Medal|