Patrick Cooney
Patrick Cooney
Title: Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
Phone: (401) 341-2175
Email: patrick.cooney@salve.edu
Previous College: Roger Williams

Pat Cooney begins his 13th season as head men's lacrosse coach at Salve Regina University. Coach Cooney’s 116 career head coach wins ranks him just outside 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 71 wins in the last nine seasons - including 10 wins in 2009 where Cooney was named TCCC Coach of the Year.  In 2014, the Seahawks posted a 15-5 record, winning the New England ECAC Championship.  The best season in program history; the Seahawks set single season school records in games played (20), points (409), points per game (20.45), goals (268), goals per game (13.4), assists (141), assists per game (7.05), man up goals (37), saves (254), ground balls (816), and most importantly, wins (15). The Seahawks were also atop the Commonwealth Coast Conference in various statistical categories; The Seahawks were first in games played, man up goals, saves, caused turnovers, and ground balls; they were second in goals, goals per game, assists, and man down goals; and third in goals against average.

Since arriving at Salve Regina, Cooney has worked tirelessly to recruit the right students for Salve Regina. "These young men have spearheaded the Seahawks success in all areas at the University," Cooney said. "The success of any collegiate team is dependent upon the responsible pursuit of excellence both on and off the field."  Coach Cooney has a 90% graduation rate at Salve Regina.  Cooney recruits about 12 young men per year, focusing on the student-athletes total development, on and off the field.  2015 saw the Seahawks earn a 3.0 team GPA, with all men academically eligible.  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 accolades 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 break trip.

"Our goal is to win the cup - The Commonwealth Coast Conference championship. We prepare to win by working hard with purpose: competing to win one game at a time, one practice at a time," Cooney said.

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 managemnet.  Currently Cooney assists other Seahawk head coaches as the recruitment coordinator for Salve Regina's athletic department. He is adjunct professor at Salve Regina currently teaching golf and racquetball.  Cooney has served twice 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.


Cooney Coaching Record

Season

School

Position

W

L

PCT

Highlights

2016

Salve Regina Head Coach



2015

Salve Regina Head Coach 6 7 .462 CCC Quarterfinalist

2014

Salve Regina

Head Coach

15

5

.750

CCC Semifinalist; ECAC Champions

2013

Salve Regina

Head Coach

7

10

.412

CCC Quarterfinalist

2012

Salve Regina

Head Coach

1

6

.143

 

2011

Salve Regina

Head Coach

9

8

.529

CCC Quarterfinalist

2010

Salve Regina

Head Coach

9

8

.529

CCC Quarterfinalist

2009

Salve Regina

Head Coach

10

6

.625

CCC Semifinalist

2008

Salve Regina

Head Coach

7

9

.438

CCC Semifinalist

2007

Salve Regina

Head Coach

7

9

.438

CCC Semifinalist

2006

Salve Regina

Head Coach

11

5

.688

CCC Semifinalist

2005

Salve Regina

Head Coach

4

8

.333

 

2004

Salve Regina

Head Coach

0

10

.000

 

2003

Bryant

Assistant Coach

12

5

.706

NE-10 Finalist; #3

2002

Bryant

Assistant Coach

12

6

.667

NE-10 Finalist; #4; ECAC Champions

2001

Bryant

Assistant Coach

10

4

.714

NE-10 Finalist; #5

2000

Elmira

Assistant Coach

12

7

.632

E8 Co-Champions; #12; ECAC Upstate Finalist

1999

Roger Williams

Head Coach

11

6

.647

CCC Finalist

1998

Roger Williams

Head Coach

9

8

.529

CCC Finalist

1997

Roger Williams

Head Coach

7

6

.538

 

1996

Roger Williams

Head Coach

3

10

.231