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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
1989-92 - Assistant Coach, Colgate University Red Raiders
1992-04 - Head Coach, Catholic University of America Cardinals
2004-05 - Assistant Coach, University of Maryland Terrapins
2005-11 - Head Coach, University of Vermont Catamounts
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. 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