June 25, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley was one of two assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Cooley, who helped coach the team under former Friar and current Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan, assisted the squad as it posted a 5-0 mark and captured the 2014 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal on Tuesday, June 24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Team USA captured the title with a 113-79 victory over Canada (4-1).
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifier, the tournament was held every four years between 1990-2006. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2006 championship, and the tournament is now conducted every other year, followed in the next summer by the FIBA U19 World Championship. USA men's teams also won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
In three seasons as the head coach at Providence, Cooley has led the Friars to a 57-44 record overall. In 2013-14, he guided the team to a 23-12 mark, the BIG EAST Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In eight seasons as a head coach, Cooley has posted a 149-113 mark.