Mike Lonergan, best known in the Washington area for winning the Division III national championship while at Catholic University, is expected to be hired as George Washington’s men’s basketball coach, according to sources close to the hiring.
Lonergan, 45, who grew up in Bowie and attended Carroll High School, will come to GW from the University of Vermont where he has been the head coach since 2005. He went 126-68 at Vermont, taking the Catamounts to four postseason appearances, including one NCAA tournament. Vermont won three regular season America East titles and one conference tournament championship under Lonergan.
Before Vermont, Lonergan spent one season as an assistant coach to Gary Williams at Maryland. He was the coach of his alma mater, Catholic, from 1992 to 2004, going 251-88 with the 2001 national title.
Lonergan is set to be the first hire by Patrick Nero, the former America East commissioner who was brought in less than a month ago to be George Washington’s athletic director. Nero has yet to take over as GW’s athletic director, but oversaw the search to replace Karl Hobbs, who departed the school on April 25.