PC: Coach Ed Cooley now a ‘Friar for life’

Providence head coach Ed Cooley calls out to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Big East men's tournament against Butler Thursday, March 10, 2016, in New York. Providence won 74-60. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It looks like Ed Cooley will coach the Friars until he’s ready to retire.

Providence College announced Wednesday that Cooley had signed a long-term contract extension to stay on indefinitely as head coach of the men’s basketball team. The exact terms of the deal were not released since PC is a private institution.

According to Athletics Director Bob Driscoll, Cooley said he wanted to finish his coaching career at PC.

“We are thrilled that Ed will be a Friar for life,” Driscoll said in a news release.

Cooley has turned the program around since arriving in 2011, taking the Friars to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Most recently, the team defeated USC in the first round before being eliminated by top-seeded North Carolina.

In addition to the contract extension, the college announced Cooley and his wife would donate $500,000 to the planned Friar Development Center on campus.

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