Ed Cooley, Seen Here in a Previous Match-Up Against Georgetown, Will Now Be Their Next Head Coach
Story By: Sol Tucker
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After speaking with quite a few big spenders in the Georgetown donor department, they all said they had their man, and it was a guy that was familiar with this conference. Enter Ed Cooley.
Cooley who comes to Hilltop after a successful run at Providence which had another NCAA appearance this year and appears to be the right guy to make this once dominant basketball program relevant again.
“Ed is a proven leader and an experienced coach, whose values and knowledge of the game will lead our program into this new chapter,” Georgetown president John J. DeGioia said in the school’s announcement. “His commitment to excellence on and off the court will bring out the best of our basketball program and will give each member of our team the experiences and support they need to thrive.”
Cooley, 53, was pursued for other jobs in the past, most notably Michigan in 2019 when the Wolverines ultimately hired Juwan Howard. He withdrew from consideration for the job after conversations with Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, returning to Providence on a multiyear contract extension.
Many think that the difference in money from Providence and that Georgetown was not the final deciding factor and perhaps his daughter being a student at the University could have been the final decision maker for him. We are eager to to find out a liltle more about that on Wednesday when Georgetown plans to officially announce him at a press conference.
In 12 seasons with the Friars, Cooley won the Big East conference tournament in 2014, which led to the program’s second tournament title in its history. This season, Providence started 14-3 overall and 6-0 in conference play before struggling down the stretch en route to a first-round NCAA tournament exit, losing to Kentucky 61-53.