Lonergan Among Coaches vs. Cancer Group Honored at Yankee Stadium Wednesday
May 11, 2011
BRONX, NY -- George Washington head men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan took part in a pregame ceremony to welcome Coaches vs. Cancer Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium prior to the New York Yankees-Kansas City Royals game in the Bronx. The pregame ceremony took place at home plate and included nine college basketball coaches in addition to Lonergan.
"It was a great night at Yankee Stadium tonight, being part of an event where the Yankees recognized college coaches involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer program," Lonergan said. The new GW coach has been active with Coaches vs. Cancer since its inception. "My mom, Maureen Lonergan, lost her six-month battle with breast cancer on June 9, 1995, and I think about her everyday. It is a great organization and I am proud to be associated with it. I also got to spend time with my college buddy, Brian Cashman, the Yankees' general manager, and Randy Levine ('77), a GW alum and member of the GW Board of Trustees. It was a memorable night and my first event as a new member of the George Washington staff."
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
In addition to Lonergan, the other nine coaches in attendance were Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Mitch Buonaguro (Siena College), Mo Cassara (Hofstra University), Tommy Dempsey (Rider University), Matt Doherty (Southern Methodist University), John Dunne (Saint Peter's College), Mitch Henderson (Princeton University), Steve Lavin (St. John's University) and Mike Rice (Rutgers University).
Lonergan was introduced as GW's new head coach at a May 9 news conference and takes over a GW program that returns four starters and six of the team's top seven scorers from last season. The Colonials went 17-14 overall, 10-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference (tied for 4th place) in 2010-11.