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Sporting News Names College Basketball's 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)

Sporting News has named its top college basketball coach of the season.

Ed Cooley of Providence has won the award after having quite the bounce-back season in 2021-22.

Last season, Providence went 13-13 and lost to DePaul in the Big East tournament. Cooley knew at the time that the team wasn't in a good place and said as much to Mike DeCourcy.

“We just weren’t in a good place,” Cooley said. “There were about 8 seconds left, losing to DePaul in the Big East opening round, and my team just wasn’t connected the way we’re supposed to be. And I was so in my head, I said: I need to change. I need to make some changes. The change has got to start with the mirror. I’ve got to be way more accountable with our players, with respect to not letting them get away with not touching the line, or asking them to do something without questioning it."

Since then, it's been a complete 180. The Friars finished the regular season at 24-4 overall and had a 14-3 record in conference play.

They'll be the top seed in the Big East tournament this week before they go to the NCAA Tournament next week.

With how Providence is playing, the sky could be the limit.