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March 25th, 2011
Might Ed Cooleyâ€™s standing as the Friarsâ€™ new head coach rekindle the sparks with high school prospect and fellow Providence native Ricky Ledo? Time will tell, says Ryan Hurd, Ledoâ€™s head coach at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” After three straight years of bringing home the hardware in Division II and posting a combined 56-2 overall mark during that span, Mount St. Charles Academy has moved up to the stateâ€™s top division this season.
Head coach Josh Dâ€™Abate is looking forward to the challenge where his squad will compete against the likes of defending state champion Bishop Hendricken and other powers such as North and South Kingstown.
GLOCESTER â€” Beth Keeling has had a strong involvement in Ponaganset High athletics, particularly over the last decade.
Keeling is the schoolâ€™s â€śunofficialâ€ť photographer at various sporting events and also has been an avid supporter, including following the stellar football and track & field careers of her three sons, Mike, Jacob and Nick.
Her three sons have since graduated, but the retired special education teacher has still found a way to stay connected with her â€śkidsâ€ť on the athletic spectrum at Ponaganset.
PROVIDENCE â€” As he wrapped up his first press conference as Providence Collegeâ€™s new basketball coach, Ed Cooley was asked about his first order of business.
â€śRecruit, recruit, recruit,â€ť was Cooleyâ€™s quick-to-the-point response.
PROVIDENCE â€“ One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooleyâ€™s biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.
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.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
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.
â€śWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â€ť said first-year coach Matt Smalley. â€śWe 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€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s 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 itâ€™s 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.
On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
â€śIt encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,â€ť was how Driscoll began. â€śI want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.â€ť
PROVIDENCE --- Drama? On this night, it only lasted a period.
The Mounties erased a 1-0 deficit by rattling off three goals during a span of 2:13 near the end of the first period and start of the second, and with the way their defense excelled from start to finish, state championship No. 42 was as good as gold.