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Naismith Announces Men's College Basketball Coach Of The Year

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Head coach Ed Cooley of the Providence Friars talks to his players during a time outthe Big East Men's Basketball Tournament first round game against the Butler Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Providence's Ed Cooley was named the 2022 Naismith Men's College Coach Of The Year Award on Sunday morning.

In his 11th season with the program, Cooley led the Friars to their first regular-season Big East title. They earned the most conference wins (14) in school history and reached the Sweet 16 as a No. 4, Providence's highest seeding.

Cooley, who also received Big East Coach of the Year honors, became Providence's first coach to garner the Naismith award. With a 222-141 career record, he's second on the school's all-time wins leaderboard behind Joseph Mullaney.

While the Friars made five straight March Madness appearances from 2014 to 2018, Cooley's squad didn't advance past the second round until this year. Via The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach, he gave a passionate speech following the team's victory over Richmond.

“Our program is about gratitude and appreciation," Cooley said. "If you don’t have that, you’ll never play for me. The moment is not about you. It’s about us, collectively, together having a mission that not a lot of people believe in. Not a lot of people believe that we should be here.

“Guess what, doubters? Providence is in the damn building, and I’m so proud of that.”