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After Cooley Exits, Fairfield Seeks New Coach

Fairfield University is in the market for a new men's basketball coach. Ed Cooley was hired to take over at Providence College, which fired Keno Davis at the end of the season.

Cooley was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Stags to a school-record 25 wins and a regular season MAAC championship. Fairfield's season ended Sunday with a 72-68 loss to Kent State in the second round of the NIT.

Cooley became the head coach of the Stags in April 2006. He finished 13-19 in his first year. His team finished above .500 in each of the past three seasons, including postseason appearances in each of the past two years.

"We are very excited to have Ed Cooley coming to Providence College," the Rev. Brian Shanley, Providence's president, said in a story by The Associated Press. "I have had the opportunity to spend some time with Ed, and I believe he is the right person to lead our men's basketball team. We conducted a thorough search, and during that process, Ed Cooley was the coach that consistently met our selection criteria."

Cooley is a native of Providence, R.I. He played at Stonehill College and worked as an assistant coach at Boston College before taking over at Fairfield. He moves to a Providence team that went 15-17 this season, including just 4-14 in the Big East. Cooley's coaching staff will join him at Providence.

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