Michael Cooney has spent a decade as the head coach of the UWG Wolves men’s basketball team. His tenure has included many big victories, NCAA Tournament trips, and more. The success was capped with Cooney’s Wolves capturing the 2016 Gulf South Conference Championship.
UWG’s 99-82 thumping of perennial powerhouse Alabama-Huntsville capped UWG’s title run. The crown was the first for UWG since 2002, when Cooney was a top assistant coach. Also, it was only the third title in West Georgia’s 33-year history as a conference member.
Though UWG took a step back a year ago, Cooney’s decade-long track record indicates that the Wolves will rebound strong in 2017-18.
Before taking the program’s reins in 2007, Cooney served for a decade as a top assistant coach at UWG. This included many NCAA Tournament teams, highlighted by the 2002 squad that became UWG’s first ever to reach the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Cooney is a native of Spokane, Wash., and is a graduate of hometown Gonzaga University, where he earned his B.B.A. His wife Sherry is the former cheerleader coach at UWG, she built a program that has claimed many UCA Division II titles and is still among the nation’s elite. The Cooneys have three children: daughters Cailah and Samantha, and son Joe.