While 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 that the condition goes back to when Cooley was as assistant coach at Boston College (1997-2006) but no comment on the exact cause.
Many across the internet report it to be most likely alopecia areata or vitiligo (the same condition that Michael Jackson had) but again, no official comment from Cooley is found.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that causes the loss of brown pigment and results in white patches on the skin. It can also cause premature hair loss and white or grey hair. The condition is more noticeable in people with dark skin.
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