GW NAMES MIKE LONERGAN AS HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
Lonergan Introduced Monday at Charles E. Smith Center
May 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - Mike Lonergan is the new head coach for men's basketball at The George Washington University, incoming Director of Athletics Patrick Nero has announced. Lonergan was introduced at a news conference at the Charles E. Smith Center on Monday.
"Mike Lonergan has the skills, experience and drive needed to take the GW men's basketball program to new heights," said incoming GW Director of Athletics Patrick Nero. "Out of an extremely talented national field of possible candidates, Mike distinguished himself as the right fit for George Washington University and the best candidate to lead our men's basketball program to future success."
"The opportunity to return to my roots in the Washington, DC, area and build a program at an exceptional school like George Washington was too good to pass up. The combination of GW's strong academics, commitment to excellence and athletics tradition make it an ideal position, and I am eager to get started. I am committed to supporting and developing our student-athletes and building a program that will make GW proud," said Lonergan.
Lonergan brings to GW 18 years experience as a college head coach, with an overall record of 377-156, 15 winning seasons, 13 NCAA Tournament victories including a NCAA Division III National Championship, 13 postseason appearances, 12 regular season conference titles, 12 years of 20 or more victories, 10 NCAA Tournament qualifications and five conference tournament championships. He was named the 2001 Division III National Coach of the Year and America East Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011. Deeply committed to academic success for student-athletes, Lonergan has achieved a 100 percent graduation rate as head coach.
"Mike Lonergan has deep connections to the greater Washington metropolitan area and a proven record of helping student-athletes succeed in the classroom and on the basketball court," said GW President Steven Knapp. "The fact that he has achieved a perfect graduation rate among the student-athletes he has coached speaks volumes about his integrity and commitment to the young people he leads."
Lonergan comes to GW after six seasons as the head coach at the University of Vermont, where he led one of the most successful mid-major programs in the nation. Under his leadership, Vermont achieved a 126-68 overall record and 69-27 conference record, both the best in the America East Conference. Vermont captured three America East regular season championships, in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and appeared in three America East Championship games, in 2006, 2007 and 2010, winning the title in 2010. He guided the Catamounts to the 2010 NCAA Tournament and twice to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), in 2007 and 2011. At Vermont, Lonergan also served as Director of the Vermont Basketball Camp, holding two sold out sessions each summer.
Prior to his service at Vermont, Lonergan served from 2004-05 as assistant coach at the University of Maryland under head men's basketball coach Gary Williams. At Maryland, he was involved in every aspect of a top Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) program including recruiting, scouting, practice and game preparation, off season workouts and community service events. He helped lead the team to a season sweep of top ranked Duke and a semifinal appearance in the 2005 NIT.
From 1992-2004, Lonergan served as head coach for The Catholic University of America's men's basketball program and associate athletic director. At Catholic, Lonergan was the winningest coach in the program's 100-year history, with an overall record of 251-88. He led the team to nine of the 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in the history of the program, including the first since 1964. Under his leadership, Catholic won the Division III national title in 2001 and Lonergan was named the 2001 Division III consensus National Coach of the Year.
A native of Bowie, MD, Lonergan is a 1984 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC, where he was class salutatorian. He is a 1988 graduate of Catholic University, where he was a starting point guard and captain of the men's basketball team. He also holds a Master of Science degree from American International College. Lonergan and his wife Maggie have four children: Jack, Margaret, Michael Jr. and Robert (Moe).
Lonergan takes over a GW program that returns four starters and six of the team's top seven scorers from last season. He replaces Karl Hobbs, who was released from his contract on April 25. The Colonials went 17-14 overall, 10-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference (tied for 4th place) in 2010-11.
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries. The George Washington University Department of Athletics fields teams in 22 varsity sports (10 men's, 12 women's), 16 of which compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
COMMENTS ON THE HIRING OF Mike Lonergan...
"I'm thrilled for my alma mater and equally thrilled for Mike Lonergan. I feel he is one of the prime young teachers in the college game, somebody who really understands the Washington, DC, area and GW's place in it. Quite simply, he's the kind of coach you'd want your own son or daughter to play for."
Mike Brey (BS `82), Head Basketball Coach, Notre Dame
"Mike Lonergan is an excellent basketball coach and a very good hire for GW. Mike has a passion for the game and teaching it the right way, and he has a great demeanor on and off the floor. I'm a big believer in Mike. He's terrific."
Jay Bilas, ESPN
"Mike is a proven winner as a head coach because of his success at Catholic University and Vermont. His teams are fundamentally sound and he has had a number of players who flourish in his programs. Mike was an outstanding assistant coach in his year at Maryland."
Gary Williams, recently retired Head Basketball Coach, Maryland
"Mike Lonergan knows the DC area as well as anyone. He has coveted going back to the area as soon as he left Maryland to go to Vermont. He knew that once he returned he could be a hit. Now he has his chance to prove it."
Andy Katz, Senior College Basketball Writer, ESPN.com
"I received a good vibe from Coach Lonergan. What stood out to me was that he knew the returning players individually and was very honest about his coaching style."
Aaron Ware, rising senior guard/forward, GW Men's Basketball
"He's the total package. He understands how to recruit, he understands how to develop talent, and he understands how to get those guys playing their best."
Steve Howes, Head Basketball Coach, Catholic University and former Lonergan assistant (GW Hatchet, May 5, 2011)
Michael Thomas Lonergan
Born: Jan. 28, 1966 in Silver Spring, MD
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Alma Mater: Catholic University of America (1988), B.A. History
American International College (1989), M.S. Criminal Justice
High School: Archbishop Carroll
Children: Jack, Margaret, Michael Jr., Robert (Moe)
1980-84 - Archbishop Carroll High School
1984-88 - Catholic University of America - Team Captain (1987-88)
1988-89 - Assistant Coach, American International College Yellow Jackets
1989-92 - Assistant Coach, Colgate University Red Raiders
1992-04 - Head Coach, Catholic University of America Cardinals
2001 NCAA Div. III National Champions
2004-05 - Assistant Coach, University of Maryland Terrapins
2005 NIT semifinalists
2005-11 - Head Coach, University of Vermont Catamounts
2007 America East reg. season champions
2007 NIT First Round
2007 America East Coach of the Year
2007 NABC District I Coach of the Year
2007 Hugh Durham Award Finalist
2009 America East regular season champions
2009 CBI Quarterfinal Round
2010 America East Tournament champions
2010 NCAA First Round
2011 America East regular season champions
2011 NIT First Round
2011 America East Coach of the Year
2011-present - Head Coach, The George Washington University Colonials
Lonergan's Year-By-Year Record Year School W-L PCT Postseason 1992-93 Catholic 21-6 .778 NCAA D-III 1st Rd. 1993-94 Catholic 9-16 .360 1994-95 Catholic 16-10 .615 1995-96 Catholic 19-8 .704 NCAA D-III 1st Rd. 1996-97 Catholic 12-13 .480 1997-98 Catholic 25-4 .862 NCAA D-III Sweet 16 1998-99 Catholic 23-7 .767 NCAA D-III Sweet 16 1999-00 Catholic 24-5 .828 NCAA D-III Elite 8 2000-01 Catholic 28-5 .848 NCAA D-III Champions 2001-02 Catholic 26-3 .897 NCAA D-III Sweet 16 2002-03 Catholic 24-5 .828 NCAA D-III 1st Rd. 2003-04 Catholic 24-6 .800 NCAA D-III 2nd Rd. 2004-05 Maryland(Asst.) 19-13 .594 NIT Semifinal 2005-06 Vermont 13-17 .433 2006-07 Vermont 25-8 .758 NIT 1st Rd. 2007-08 Vermont 16-15 .516 2008-09 Vermont 24-9 .727 CBI 2nd Rd. 2009-10 Vermont 25-10 .714 NCAA 1st Rd. 2010-11 Vermont 23-9 .719 NIT 1st Rd.
Lonergan's School-By-School Record (as a Head Coach) 1992-04 Catholic 251-88 .740 12 seasons 2005-11 Vermont 126-68 .649 6 seasons TOTALS 18 Seasons 377-156 .707 10 NCAAs, 2 NITs, 1 CBI