Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fairfield Coach Cooley Off To Providence

It looks like Ed Cooley, who elevated Fairfield's program to new heights in his five seasons at that school, is moving on to Providence College of the Big East.

And, so begins another coaching search within the conference. Both Manhattan and Fairfield are now looking for new coaches. If your blogging hoopscribe had to recommend someone, the first name would be Paul Hewitt, a personal favorite.

Here's a report, filed by Providence Journal reporter Kevin McNamara, this afternoon about Cooley's move:

PROVIDENCE - Providence College has reached an agreement in principle to hire Fairfield coach Ed Cooley as its next basketball coach, according to people involved in the negotiations.

Cooley and his representatives met with PC officials on Monday when they apparently reached agreement on a deal, the terms of which are currently unavailable.

Cooley was at Fairfield on Tuesday morning where he met with his school president and then later spoke with his team.

Cooley will be switching from a program on top of its conference to one trying to gain a foothold in the deepest league in the country. The Friars finished 15-17 this past season but just 4-14 for the second straight year in the ultra-competitive Big East. PC fired coach Keno Davis after just three seasons on the job.

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