Tuesday , Apr , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Ed Cooley named men’s basketball coach at Fairfield

Fairfield, CT (Sports Network) – Fairfield named Ed Cooley its men’s head
basketball coach on Tuesday.

Cooley spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach under Boston College
coach Al Skinner. After the 1996-97 season at Rhode Island, Cooley followed
Skinner to the Eagles.

“It’s with great pleasure that I welcome Ed to the Fairfield University
community as our men’s basketball coach,” athletic director Eugene P. Doris
said. “His enthusiasm and experience make him the perfect choice for our
basketball program. He has been part of successful basketball programs
throughout his career, and played a key role in that success as a top-notch

Cooley helped guide Boston College to a 175-108 record in nine seasons,
including five years of 20 wins or more. During his tenure, the Eagles earned
six postseason berths, five of which came in the NCAA Tournament.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to coach at a prestigious university
like Fairfield University,” Cooley said. “I am looking forward to building a
successful program at Fairfield University, and creating a winning atmosphere.
I will recruit nationally to bring in quality student athletes who can succeed
both academically and athletically.”

He takes over for Tim O’Toole, who posted a 112-120 record over eight seasons.
The Stags finished just 9-19 in 2005-06.