Why is the providence university men's basketball coach missing hair out of his head

While Coach Cooley has not reported publicly on the matter, Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported in 2012 that Providence College basketball coach Ed Cooley has a skin condition that has caused the non-spreading hair loss on his head.

Waters remarked the condition goes back to when Cooley was as assistant coach at Boston College (1997-2006) but no comment on the exact cause.

There’s no consensus or official statement from Cooley regarding what the exact condition is, but anecdotal reports suggest it is to be most likely alopecia areata, the same condition that former NBA player Charlie Villanueva has or vitiligo, the condition that Michael Jackson had.

Alopecia areata usually begins when clumps of hair fall out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches on the scalp. It is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins.

Vitiligo causes the skin to lose color. Patches of lighter skin appear. Some people develop a few patches. Others lose much more skin color. It usually affects the skin, but it can develop anywhere we have pigment. Patches of hair can turn white. Some people lose color inside their mouths. Even an eye can lose some of its color.

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