Catamounts name Mike Lonergan head coach
Burlington, VT (Sports Network) – Mike Lonergan has been named the men’s
basketball coach at the University of Vermont. He succeeds Tom Brennan,
who coached the Catamounts for the past 19 seasons.
“Tom Brennan is a tough act to follow,” said A. John Bramley, provost and
senior vice president. “(But) I know that the program will be in great hands
with Mike Lonergan.”
Lonergan, an assistant coach at Maryland this season, led Catholic University
to the 2001 NCAA Division III national championship. He was also an assistant
coach at Colgate for three seasons (1989-92).
“I am very impressed by his enthusiasm to work with great student-athletes and
his commitment to continue the tradition of combining excellence in the
classroom with competitiveness on the court,” Bramley added.
Lonergan led Catholic University to seven consecutive NCAA Division III
Tournament appearances and nine overall from 1992 to 2004. He compiled a
251-88 record during his 12-year tenure. He is the only coach in the country
in any division to have won the regular-season conference championship
each of the seven-year span from 1998 to 2004.
“I am very excited about becoming the next head coach at the University of
Vermont,” Lonergan said. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a
Division I head coach at a great academic institution like UVM. The program
Coach Brennan, his players and his staff have built, and how they have built
it, represents everything I believe in.”
Brennan, who announced in November that the 2004-05 season would be his
last, won over 300 games in his career including stints at Fairleigh Dickinson