‘Thank you! God Bless. Go Friars!’: Cooley shares message to Friartown

FILE - Providence head coach Ed Cooley gestures during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, in Washington. Ed Cooley is the new men’s basketball coach at Georgetown, hired away from Big East rival Providence in the hopes of rebuilding a once-proud program that dropped to new lows under former star player Patrick Ewing. Georgetown announced the move on Monday, March 20, 2023, after Providence issued a news release saying that Cooley had resigned. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A day after being named the new men’s basketball coach at Georgetown, former Providence College men’s basketball head coach Ed Cooley shared a message to Friartown.

“FRIARTOWN! What a ride this has been. We created something so special for this school and this city when no one believed we could,” he wrote on social media Tuesday.

During his tenure in Providence, Cooley, who’s 53 years old, said that “we turned this program into one of the most special men’s basketball programs in the country.”

He went on to thank Friar fans, students, and players for “believing in us.”

“Thank you for putting it all on the line each and every single game in black and white,” he said.

Monday, Cooley left Friartown with a 242-153 record after 12 years and seven March Madness appearances with a total of three wins in the tournament.

However, his departure left many students feeling betrayed.

“It’s salt on the wound for sure,” one senior, citing Friday’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament, told ABC 6 News Monday. “What happened to, ‘Us. We. Together. Family. Friars?'”

Earlier that day, Cooley’s East Greenwich home was put on the market for $1.9 million.

“Thank you! God Bless. Go Friars!” Cooley concluded his tweet Tuesday.

The Hoyas will be Cooley’s third team as a college head coach. Before Providence, he was at Fairfield for five seasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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