Now the Boston College has say goodbye to Al Skinner, will they say hello to Ed Cooley?
Cooley, the Fairfield men’s basketball coach, was Skinner’s assistant at BC for 10 years between 1997-2006. He said that he has not been contacted by the university regarding the Eagles’ vacant head coaching job but that if he was, he certainly would have to listen.
“I’ve said from Day One that would be my dream job and that if they called, of course I’d be interested,” Cooley said by phone Tuesday. “But I haven’t been contacted by anyone there and I really don’t expect to.”
Cooley said that he’s committed to continue the work he’s built at Fairfield over the past four seasons, including leading the Stags to a 23-11 record in 2009-10 and a postseason win over George Mason in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“I’ve still got a lot more to do right here,” he said.
Cooley confirmed that he had been contacted by telephone from officials from Seton Hall about the Pirates vacant job (Iona’s Kevin Willard was hired on Monday) but that’s as far as that conversation went.
“Yes, they called and asked me what I thought of their program and I told them I wasn’t interested. I’m very happy at Fairfield,” Cooley said.
In other Stags news, Cooley said that sophomore forward Shimeek Johnson has formally requested a release from his scholarship. Johnson, who apparently wasn’t happy with his playing time – he averaged just 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game – and wishes to look for another school.
In addition, guard Derek Needham was named to the CollegeInsider.com freshman All-America team. Needham led Fairfield in scoring with a 16.4 average, sixth-best among all college freshman, and averaged 5.2 assists a game. He scored 543 points and handed out 172 assists, both school records for a freshman.