“To have a chance to come home is a dream come true. Providence College is truly a destination for me. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this program that has so much tradition and history.” — Head Coach Ed Cooley
Dunkin’ Donuts Center Excitement... Electricity... Intimidation! It all adds up to a tremendous home court advantage! Playing for Providence Basketball means playing all of your home games in the 12,410 seat Dunkin’ Donuts Center, packed with Friar fanATICS. Visiting teams don’t like to play here. It’s not hard to figure out why!
Providence College Locker Room
“After playing in the NBA for 17 years, I have seen many locker rooms. I promise you, you’ll have a hard time finding any facility and locker room better than at Providence College.” – Former NBA All-Star Otis Thorpe ‘84 The Locker Room features individual lockers for each player with a compartment for shoes, gear and personal belongings. A message board and a flat screen television also are featured.
Providence College Player Lounge
The new Player Lounge was completed in September 2008. It features wallmounted, flat-screen HDTVs, Xbox, Sony Playstation, a Blu-Ray disc player, DIRECTV, a receiver, a surround sound system, an iPod docking station, an Apple computer, wireless internet and a juice station.
The Team Room serves as a meeting location for video review and team meetings. It features a receiver, surround sound system, Blu-Ray disc player, DirecTV and a 120â€? projection screen.
The Office Suite features hard-wood floors, coachesâ€™ offices, a mail room and a video conference room. Providence Basketball uses Sportstec technology within its state of the art video and conference room to breakdown practice and game film.
College Office Suite
Joe Calabria Hallway of Legends Consisting of nine exhibit areas and seven display cases, the Joe Calabria Hallway of Legends opened in January 2009 and features players and teams from each era of the 84-year history of the Providence College basketball program. The hallway’s floor is a replica of the Friars’ Dave Gavitt Court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the project also includes a complete renovation of the coaching staff’s offices, the film room and the team’s locker room. In all, over 3,000 pictures, artifacts and multimedia elements were coordinated to create the new hallway and over 10 flat screen televisions were installed to enhance the exhibits with video footage and interactive features.
Jimmy Walker & Conditioning
Located in Concannon Fitness Center, the Jimmy Walker Strength & Conditioning Center is a 5,000 square foot facility and serves all of the Friars’ intercollegiate athletic teams. The facility is designed to provide the athletes with all the resources needed to allow them to physically develop to compete and contend at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Located just steps from the multi-purpose turf field, it allows easy access to incorporate agility, speed and conditioning within the strength session.
All these facilities are first-class. The locker room, the basketball offices, the Hallway of Legends, the sports medicine facility and the strength and conditioning complex have all been renovated and are state-of-the-art. I wish I still had some eligibility left. This program has everything a player needs to get prepared for BIG EAST competition and the next level.
Ryan Gomes ‘05 Los Angeles Clippers
Canavan Sports Medicine Center The Canavan Sports Medicine facility occupies 4,000 square feet of space. Used as the primary sports medicine facility for our 320 student-athletes, this state-of-the-art area includes nine treatment tables with assorted modality equipment, office space for the eight certified athletic trainers on staff as well as two physician clinic offices where primary care, orthopedic, chiropractic and podiatric physicians evaluate our student-athletes on a weekly basis. A large rehab/ exercise area and a hydro-therapy area which includes a SwimEx rehab pool along with an eight-person cold plunge and an eight-person hot plunge is available for the athletes.
Concannon Alumni Fitness Center Hall The $12 million Concannon Fitness Center opened on September 4, 2007. The newly constructed state-of-theart facility provides 13,850 square feet of dedicated fitness space, along with 5,000 square feet dedicated to the student athletes who compete in varsity athletics. The Fitness Center offers a variety of cardiovascular and aerobic exercise equipment with personalized entertainment screens with cable television throughout the two-level facility. Likewise, strength machines and free weights of varying fitness levels can be found on the upper and lower levels to meet the needs of all the athletes.
Alumni Hall has served as the home of Providence College basketball since 1955. Since the Friars began play at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in 1972, the on-campus building has served as the team’s practice facility. Recent improvements totaling over $2,000,000 include a complete renovation of the team’s sports medicine facility, Mullaney Gymnasium, the coaching staff’s offices, the film room and the team’s locker room. One of the premier annual events at Alumni Hall is the team’s Late Night Madness celebration. Started in 1985 to a crowd of over 300, Late Night Madness now sells out each and every year with more than 3,000 fans in attendance.
Providence College was founded in 1917 through a joint effort of the Diocese of Providence and the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, with the blessing of Pope Benedict XV and the consent of the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island. Ninety-four years later, Providence College has steadily moved to a position of national prominence, while maintaining a personal, community-like atmosphere that fosters growth and development among its student population. Located in the state capital of Rhode Island, the Providence College campus sits on 105 acres in the northern end of town, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.
Providence College Campus Life The scenic suburban campus is the home of 3,518 students. Ninety six percent of the student population resides on campus. There are 15 dorms on campus, including the air-conditioned apartments that feature full kitchens and bathrooms.
Providence College Academic Services The Office of Academic Services (OAS) provides specialized support to studentathletes in light of the unique time demands, responsibilities, and rules governing participation in intercollegiate athletics. A number of services are provided in a safe, personal environment where academic growth is a priority, personal development and independence are enhanced, and long-term success is nurtured by a staff which models these same commitments.
Big East Conference Playing in the BIG EAST means playing against the best – the best players, the best coaches and the best conference in college basketball. To be the best, you have to test yourself against the best. When you play in the BIG EAST, you’re playing at the highest level in collegiate athletics. Each year at the conclusion of the regular season, all 16 teams gather in New York City for the BIG EAST Championship. It is five days of action-packed college basketball, played in historic Madison Square Garden. The league regularly sends more teams to March Madness than any other conference, and many of the member schools have made deep runs in the tournament. Fifteen of the 16 BIG EAST programs have made it all the way to the Final Four.
Media Attention If you like MEDIA ATTENTION, if you like to play on TELEVISION, if you like to be INTERVIEWED, then Providence College is the place for you! Each season, the team is featured nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS. In addition, over 200 newspapers, radio and television stations cover PC each season. Plus, playing in the BIG EAST Conference means that you’ll be playing in the MOST TELEVISED LEAGUE in the country! Recently, the BIG EAST reached an agreement with ESPN, ensuring that every BIG EAST conference game is covered by the ESPN family of networks. This includes ESPN’s famous Big Monday telecast, and Thursday night games on either ESPN or ESPN2.
The Ocean State
Make no mistake, as soon as you land at the airport or cross the state line, you are in FRIARTOWN. The state of Rhode Island is comprised of hard-working, family-oriented people who are Friar Fanatics. And make no mistake, you are in the most unique state in the country. Rhode Island has the countryâ€™s best beaches, a beautiful New England coastline, country charm, city life advantages in Providence, the mansions in Newport, American history in every town, and, of course, the Providence College Friars.
Providence Providence Basketball Basketball In In The The Community Community
Being a Providence College student-athlete involves more than just academics and athletics. It involves the community and helping others. Head Coach Ed Cooley and the Friars get involved with organizations such as the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island, Ryan Gomes Hoops for Heart Health, Special Olympics, Rhode Island Foster Parent Association, Boys and Girls Club of Providence and Upward Bound, to name a few. Whether it is charity golf outings, reading to school children, visiting hospitals, serving as mentors or helping the less fortunate, the Providence College Friars are there for the community.
The Program (the first 30 pages of the guide)