Mike Lonergan's Biography
Mike Lonergan confirmed his status as one of the top coaches in the nation when he led the University of Vermont to the 2010 America East Conference championship and the NCAA Tournament.
The achievement – Lonergan’s first at the Division I level – punctuated his fifth year rebuilding the Catamount program he took over in 2005. UVM’s 25-10 record last year included a 12-4, second-place finish in the America East. It was his fourth straight winning season and second school-record-tying 25-win campaign. The Cats’ 12 road victories ranked second nationally.
Lonergan led Vermont to a 77-71 win at Big East foe Rutgers and to victories in 11 of its final 13 games. His team’s 78-69 win over Binghamton was his 100th at UVM. He recorded his 350th career victory earlier in a 77-67 defeat of Fairfield. The Cats earned the America East’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with victories over UMBC, New Hampshire and Boston University, the latter live on ESPN2.
The season culminated in the NCAA West Regional with a loss to top-seeded Syracuse in Buffalo, N.Y. CBS carried the contest live.
Lonergan, entering his 22nd year as a college basketball coach, has amassed a 103-59 (.636) record in five years at Vermont. His club’s 56-24 (.700) conference mark represents the most wins of any America East coach over that time period. He has guided UVM to three postseason appearances and two league regular-season titles. His winning percentage is highest in school history. Marqus Blakely, who Lonergan recruited in 2006 and coached for four years, blossomed into the 2010 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Lonergan, in 17 years as a college head coach, has enjoyed 14 winning seasons, 13 NCAA Tournament victories, 12 postseason appearances, 11 regular-season conference titles, 11 years of 20 or more victories, 10 NCAA Tournament qualifications and five conference tournament championships. The pinnacle of his career came when he led Catholic University to the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Lonergan enters the 2009-10 season with a career record of 354-147 (.707). He’s averaging more than 20 wins and less than nine losses per season. VT went 23-9 (13-3) last season under Longeran.