The George Washington University: Men's Basketball

Mike Lonergan
Mike  Lonergan

Bowie, MD

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Catholic '88


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Mike Lonergan is in his fourth season as head coach for men's basketball at George Washington University, leading the Colonials back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 with a trip in the Big Dance in 2014.

He helped guide a team picked 10th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll to an 11-5 league mark and third in the A-10 standings, and a 24-9 overall record to tie the second-most wins in program history. For his efforts, Coach Lonergan was awarded a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

Coach Lonergan is one of the winningest coaches in all of NCAA Division I, ranking 21st among active coaches with a .676 winning percentage (424-203) and 37th on the active victories list. He has averaged more than 20 wins per season during his 21 years as a collegiate head coach, highlighted by his 400th career victory with a thrilling 81-80 overtime win over Dayton in the 2012-13 regular-season finale.

Coach Lonergan has reestablished a recruiting pipeline in the fertile D.C. metro area, as well as on the international scene, both of which have paid big dividends for the Colonials during his tenure.

Since arriving in Foggy Bottom in the spring of 2011, Coach Lonergan and his staff have attracted six Washington Post All-Met selections to the program, as well as five foreign-born players with international playing experience.

Born and raised in the D.C. metro area, Coach Lonergan returned to the nation's capital in May 2011 after a successful six seasons as head coach at the University of Vermont.

"The opportunity to return to my roots in the Washington, D.C., 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. I am committed to supporting and developing our student-athletes and building a program that will make GW proud," said Coach Lonergan.

Among Coach Lonergan's 21 years experience as a college head coach are 16 winning seasons, 13 NCAA Tournament victories including a NCAA Division III National Championship, 14 postseason appearances, 12 regular season conference titles, 13 years of 20 or more victories, 11 NCAA Tournament qualifications and six 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, Coach Lonergan has achieved a 100 percent graduation rate as head coach.

Coach Lonergan came to GW after six seasons as the head coach at 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, Coach Lonergan also served as Director of the Vermont Basketball Camp, holding two sold out sessions each summer.

Prior to his service at Vermont, Coach 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, Coach 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 Coach Lonergan was named the 2001 Division III consensus National Coach of the Year.

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Coach Lonergan is a 1984 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., 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. Coach Lonergan and his wife Maggie have five children: Jack, Margaret, Michael Jr., Robert (Moe) and Regina

Michael Thomas Lonergan
Born: Jan. 28, 1966 in Silver Spring, Md.
Age: 49
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
Wife: Maggie
Children: Jack, Margaret, Michael Jr., Robert (Moe), Regina

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
2014 NCAA Second Round

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.
2011-12   GW              10-21   .323
2012-13   GW              13-17   .433
2013-14   GW              24-9    .727    NCAA 2nd 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
2011-14   GW              47-47   .500    3 seasons
TOTALS	  21 Seasons	  424-203 .676    11 NCAAs, 2 NITs, 1 CBI

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