Mike Lonergan

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Mike Lonergan
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team George Washington
Record 47-47 (.500)
Biographical details
Born (1966-01-28) January 28, 1966 (age 48)
Bowie, Maryland
Playing career
1984–1988 Catholic
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989
1989–1992
1992–2004
2004–2005
2005–2011
2011–present
American International (Asst.)
Colgate (Asst.)
Catholic
Maryland (Asst.)
Vermont
George Washington
Head coaching record
Overall 424-203 (.676)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Division III Tournament Championship (2001)
America East Tournament Championship (2010)
America East Regular Season Championship (2009, 2011)
Awards
America East Coach of the Year (2007, 2011)
Division III National Coach of the Year (2001)

Mike Lonergan (born January 28, 1966) is the head coach of the George Washington University Colonials men's basketball team.[1] He replaced Karl Hobbs.[2] He was formerly the coach of the University of Vermont Catamounts and the Catholic University of America (CUA) and before that a point guard for CUA.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Lonergan grew up in Bowie, Maryland and attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. Lonergan's late mother and first coach, Maureen, was coach and athletic director at Bladensburg's Elizabeth Seton High School.[4] His father, Jack, was a successful college baseball player, gaining national attention for pitching a one-hitter for Holy Cross in the 1952 College World Series.[4] Lonergan holds a B.A. in History from CUA and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from American International College.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

In 12 seasons at CUA, Lonergan guided the Cardinals to nine NCAA Tournaments, and an overall record of 251-88, a school-best .740 winning percentage. The Cardinals won seven straight regular-season conference championships (1997–2004). No other college coach in the nation during that time – at any NCAA division – accomplished that feat. Lonergan was recognized for the achievement during the 2004 NCAA Division I Final Four.[6] The team won the 2001 Division III National Championship during that run.

After spending the 2004-05 season as an assistant at University of Maryland, College Park under Gary Williams, where he helped the Terrapins to the NIT Semifinals, Lonergan accepted the head coaching position at the University of Vermont, replacing Tom Brennan. Lonergan coached the Catamounts for six seasons where he averaged 21 wins a year and finished with a career record of 126-68 and .649 winning percentage at UVM, which is the highest in school history among coaches with at least 100 career decisions. In the last six seasons he guided Vermont to four postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. He ranks third all-time at UVM in career wins.[7]

In May 2011, Lonergan was hired by George Washington University Athletic Director and former America East Commissioner Patrick Nero to take over as head coach of the Colonials. Early in his tenure, Lonergan highlighted his origins in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and his understanding of Colonials basketball's historical reliance on foreign-born recruits and committed to recruiting locally, nationally and internationally.[8] His first complete recruiting class boasted two players from the DC area and players from Argentina, Greece and Denmark.[9]

The Colonials struggled to consecutive losing records under Lonergan in 2011-12 an 2012-13, marking the first time in his Division I coaching career that a Lonergan-coached team failed to reach the postseason in consecutive seasons. In 2013-14, GW finished the year 24-9, finishing third in the Atlantic 10 and earning a ninth-seed in the NCAA Tournament, where the Colonials lost to Memphis.

Following the trip to the NCAAs, George Washington announced that Lonergan had signed a contract extension that keeps him at GW through the 2020-21 season.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lonergan and his wife Maggie have five children: John (Jack, his oldest and favorite), Margaret, Michael Jr., Robert (Moe) and Regina.[11] Mike and Maggie met while both working at the basketball camp of legendary DeMatha Catholic High School coach Morgan Wootten.[12] Lonergan has been involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign from the beginning to help raise awareness about the devastating disease which took his mother's life.[13]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Catholic University of America (Capital Athletic Conference) (1992–2004)
1992–93 Catholic University of America 21-6 11-3 1st NCAA Division III First Round
1993–94 Catholic University of America 9-16 6-6 N/A
1994–95 Catholic University of America 16-10 10-4 N/A
1995–96 Catholic University of America 19–8 11-2 N/A NCAA Division III First Round
1996–97 Catholic University of America 12-13 6-8 N/A
1997–98 Catholic University of America 25-4 14-0 1st NCAA Division III Sweet 16
1998–99 Catholic University of America 23-7 12-2 1st NCAA Division III Sweet 16
1999–00 Catholic University of America 24-5 13-1 1st NCAA Division III Elite 8
2000–01 Catholic University of America 28-5 11-3 1st NCAA Division III National Champions
2001–02 Catholic University of America 26-3 13-1 1st NCAA Division III Sweet 16
2002–03 Catholic University of America 24-5 13-1 1st NCAA Division III Second Round
2003–04 Catholic University of America 24-6 12-2 1st NCAA Division III Second Round
Catholic University of America: 251-88 (.740) 133-33 (.801)
Vermont (America East Conference) (2005–2011)
2005–06 Vermont 13-17 7–9 6th N/A
2006–07 Vermont 25–8 15-1 1st NIT First Round
2007–08 Vermont 16-15 9-7 4th N/A
2008–09 Vermont 24-9 13-3 2nd CBI Second Round
2009–10 Vermont 25-10 12-4 2nd NCAA First Round
2010–11 Vermont 23-9 13-3 1st NIT First Round
Vermont: 126-68 (.649) 69-27 (.719)
George Washington (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 George Washington 10-21 5-11 11th
2012–13 George Washington 13-17 7-9 11th
2013–14 George Washington 24–9 11-5 3rd NCAA Second Round
George Washington: 47-47 (.500) 23-25 (.479)
Total: 424-203 (.676)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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