Michigan Basketball: Ed Cooley Remaining at Providence

The Michigan basketball program will have to look elsewhere for a new head coach. According to reports, the Wolverines were considering Miami Heat assistant and Michigan alum Juwan Howard, Providence head coach Ed Cooley, and Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich.

However, Cooley has decided that he will not be leaving the Friars.

Cooley announced that he would be remaining at Providence with a simple message on social media.

“IT’S AN EXCITING TIME IN FRIARTOWN!!!” he wrote.

IT’S AN EXCITING TIME IN FRIARTOWN!!!

— Ed Cooley (@CoachCooleyPC) May 21, 2019

The news comes after Cooley agreed to a multi-year deal at Providence.

Cooley holds an overall record of 254-179 during his time as a college basketball head coach. His first gig came at Fairfield before moving to Providence, however, he previously served as an assistant at UMass-Dartmouth, Stonehill, Rhode Island, and Boston College.

The Wolverines are fresh off of a 30-7 record under head coach John Beilein, who was in his 12th season. Michigan was ranked No. 8 in the AP Top 25 Poll, but suffered a defeat to No. 9 Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament after victories over Montana and Florida.

The 66-year-old Beilein had been the head coach of the Wolverines since 2007, leading Michigan to NCAA tournament Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2018, a 2007 NIT Championship, and two Big Ten championships. In Cleveland, Beilein will be replacing former coach Tyronn Lue and interim coach Larry Drew.

Beilein holds head coaching record of 754-425 after stops at Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan.