Georgetown hires Providence’s Ed Cooley as basketball coach

To rebuild a once-proud programme that hit new lows under former star player Patrick Ewing, Georgetown's men's basketball team hired Ed Cooley away from Big East foe Providence.

On Monday, Georgetown made the announcement following a news release from Providence announcing Cooley's resignation.

In a statement issued by his new employer, Cooley stated, "I plan on hitting the ground running, getting to work on the court and building ties in and around the District. I did not make the decision to accept this opportunity with Georgetown lightly.

After 12 years and seven March Madness trips, he leaves the Friars with a 242-153 record and three tournament victories, the highlight of which was a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2022.

His team finished the season with a record of 21-12 but suffered four straight defeats, including ones to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament and Connecticut in the Big East Tournament's and Big East Tournament's respective opening rounds.

Georgetown's athletic director, Lee Reed, praised coach Cooley as a role model for young men and a winner with an excellent body of work.

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"His prior experience has helped him gain a knowledge of our Jesuit ideals, and I am convinced he is the coach who can bring our programme back to national and Big East prominence."

Even though Providence's season was still in process, Cooley's name had been linked to the Georgetown position, so he was questioned about his future after Friday's 61-53 loss to Kentucky.

After posting records of 75-109 in six seasons and 13-50 in the last two, Ewing was fired on March 9. Throughout that time, Georgetown only made one March Madness participation, losing in the opening round in 2021.

For Ewing and the university he helped win a national championship for in 1984 and make two further trips to the final game, it was a very challenging time.

His final two games in charge at his alma mater were a pair of losses by a combined score of 72 points, one against Creighton to end the regular season and one against Villanova in the Big East Tournament.

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