Archive - Mar 22, 2011 - Sports Article
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
âHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâs basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. âHeâs an amazing, amazing man.â
CUMBERLAND â They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
âWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â said first-year coach Matt Smalley. âWe are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.â
PROVIDENCE â There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâs next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâs not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.