Providence head coach Ed Cooley speaks to his player during the second half of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament against Southern California, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Gerry Broome
March 30, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley has signed a long-term contract extension that he hopes will keep him at the school for the remainder of his coaching career.

School officials announced the deal Wednesday. Specific terms were not released, but Cooley said in a statement that he was excited to ''be at Providence College for life.''

Cooley also announced that he and his wife, Nurys, would donate $500,000 to the academic portion of a planned student development center.

A native of Providence, Cooley was hired in 2011 and signed an extension in 2013.

The Friars finished 24-11 this season and made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. They lost in the second round to North Carolina.

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