In 2018, Patrick Cooney begins his 15th season as head men's lacrosse coach at Salve Regina University. The 2017 season saw Coach Cooney’s team win his 100th head coach’s win at Salve Regina University. Coach Cooney’s 135 career head coach wins ranks him inside the top 40 in the country on the NCAA Division III Winningest Active Coaches list. Cooney is the fifth head coach in Salve’s eighteen year old program.
Cooney came to Newport with a history of helping collegiate lacrosse programs build a strong foundation, a trend that has continued at Salve Regina. After winning just 19 games during the first nine seasons of existence, the Seahawk men's lacrosse program has tallied 90 wins in the last eleven seasons. The men’s lacrosse team has over a 90% graduation rate over the last 15 years. 2017 saw the Seahawks lacrosse team earn a 3.2 GPA. By academically and athletically retaining student-athletes, the team has grown in spirit, experience, and skill. Over the years many student-athletes have earned institutional, conference, regional, and national honors and awards.
With the continued success of the program, the roster has grown to 40 outstanding student-athletes. In addition to playing conference games in TCCC against the likes of nationally-ranked Endicott College and Western New England College, Salve Regina consistently schedules non-conference games against top programs throughout the region and on their annual spring trip. “We have team values and goals. Our values define our team culture and set the stage for getting after our goals," Cooney said. “It’s an exciting time in Newport. The University, Salve Athletics, and men’s lacrosse are all just hitting their stride.”
Cooney gained notice in 1996 when he became the youngest head coach (23 years old) in the country, taking over the program at his alma mater, Roger Williams University. He spent four years as the head coach, building the foundation of a strong program and posting three straight winning seasons from 1997-99. In 2000, he went to Elmira College, serving as assistant coach and admissions counselor. At Elmira, Cooney helped a talented Soaring Eagles team win a share of the Empire 8 Conference title. He then joined the coaching staff at Bryant College from 2001-03, serving as assistant coach and compliance coordinator for the Bulldogs. Cooney helped both colleges achieve their highest-ever national ranking in their respective divisions.
Coach Cooney has worn many hats in athletic administration throughout his career, including admissions, compliance, development, PE professor, and contest management. Cooney currently serves on the USILA DIII All-American selection committee. A native of Garden City South, NY, Cooney is a graduate of Chaminade High School ‘89. He attended the United States Naval Academy before transferring to Roger William University ‘94. Cooney, and his wife Tabitha, reside in Portsmouth, RI with their four children - Liam, Nora, Mairin, and Grace.