Lonergan in February, 2015
January 28, 1966 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1988–1989||American International (Asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|NCAA Division III Tournament championship (2001)
America East Tournament championship (2010)
2× America East regular season championship (2009, 2011)
NIT championship (2016)
|2× America East Coach of the Year (2007, 2011)
Division III National Coach of the Year (2001)
Michael Thomas Lonergan (born January 28, 1966) is the former head coach of the George Washington University Colonials men's basketball team. He replaced Karl Hobbs. 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.
Early life and education
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. 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. Lonergan holds a B.A. in History from CUA and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from American International College.
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. 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.
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. His first complete recruiting class boasted two players from the DC area and players from Argentina, Greece and Denmark.
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.
Mike Lonergan completed his fourth season as head coach for men's basketball at George Washington University in 2014-15, leading the Colonials to back-to-back 20-win seasons and postseason appearances for the first time since 2006 and 2007. He guided GW to 22 victories, seventh-most in a season in program history, and a return trip to the postseason with an at-large selection to the National Invitation Tournament. Coach Lonergan helped the Colonials post a 60-54 opening round victory at Pittsburgh for the program's first-ever win in five NIT appearances.
Lonergan led the Colonials to a 5-0 record to open the 2015-16 season, including a noteworthy upset victory over the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers on November 16th, 2015. This was George Washington's first win over an opponent ranked that high since beating No. 1 Massachusetts 78-75 on Feb. 5, 1995.  The Colonials would go on to finish the regular season with a 23-10 record, good enough for an NIT invite for a second consecutive season.
In a 21 July 2016 article in the Washington Post, several former players charged Lonergan with "verbal and emotional abuse", charges that Lonergan refused to respond to in a statement. The article also noted that three players tranferred out of the university after each of the previous four seasons. Later that day, George Washington University announced that it was hiring outside counsel to assist in the investigation of these allegations. He was fired on September 16, 2016, reportedly on the basis of the abuse allegations.
Lonergan and his wife Maggie have five children: John (Jack), Margaret, Michael Jr., Robert (Moe) and Regina. Mike and Maggie met while both working at the basketball camp of legendary DeMatha Catholic High School coach Morgan Wootten. 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.
Head coaching record
|Catholic University Cardinals (Capital Athletic Conference) (1992–2004)|
|1992–93||Catholic||21–6||11–3||1st||NCAA D-III First Round|
|1995–96||Catholic||19–8||11–2||T–1st||NCAA D-III First Round|
|1997–98||Catholic||25–4||14–0||1st||NCAA D-III Sweet 16|
|1998–99||Catholic||23–7||12–2||T–1st||NCAA D-III Sweet 16|
|1999–2000||Catholic||24–5||13–1||1st||NCAA D-III Elite Eight|
|2000–01||Catholic||28–5||11–3||1st||NCAA D-III Champion|
|2001–02||Catholic||26–3||13–1||1st||NCAA D-III Sweet 16|
|2002–03||Catholic||24–5||13–1||1st||NCAA D-III Second Round|
|2003–04||Catholic||24–6||12–2||T–1st||NCAA D-III Second Round|
|Catholic:||251–88 (.740)||133–33 (.801)|
|Vermont Catamounts (America East Conference) (2005–2011)|
|2006–07||Vermont||25–8||15–1||1st||NIT First Round|
|2008–09||Vermont||24–9||13–3||T–1st||CBI Second Round|
|2009–10||Vermont||25–10||12–4||2nd||NCAA D-I First Round|
|2010–11||Vermont||23–9||13–3||1st||NIT First Round|
|Vermont:||126–68 (.649)||69–27 (.719)|
|George Washington Colonials (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2011–2016)|
|2013–14||George Washington||24–9||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2014–15||George Washington||22–13||10–8||T–6th||NIT Second Round|
|2015–16||George Washington||28–10||11–7||5th||NIT Champions|
|George Washington:||97–70 (.581)||44–39 (.530)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "GW to hire Lonergan as coach". csnwashington.com. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Vermont's Lonergan takes George Washington job". Associated Press. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
- "Mike Lonergan". George Washington University. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
- "The Other Side of Mike Lonergan's Gene Pool". washingtontimes.com. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "GW names Mike Lonergan as head men's basketball coach". gwsports.com. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
- 100 years of hoops
- Kilgore, Adam (July 21, 2016). "GW basketball players report coach's 'verbal and emotional abuse'; many fled school". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- Bieler, Des (July 21, 2016). "GW to bring in 'outside counsel' to assist in probe of Mike Lonergan allegations". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
- Lonegran fired USA Today, 2016-09-16, Retrieved 2016-09-17
- "A job that provides all the comforts of home". washingtontimes.com. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- "Lonergan Among Coaches vs. Cancer Group Honored at Yankee Stadium Wednesday". gwsports.com. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- Capital Athletic Conference Record Book, 2016, pp. 107-111.