- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Times are changing in college basketball in the Washington, D.C., area. Mike Lonergan figures that should work to his advantage at George Washington.

Lonergan was formally introduced Monday as GW’s new coach. His arrival comes as Maryland searches for a replacement for Gary Williams, and while Paul Hewitt is settling in as Jim Larranaga’s replacement at George Mason.

Lonergan sees all the change as a great opportunity for George Washington “to sneak back up there” in the local scene. He’s a native of the area, which should give him some leverage in a tough recruiting market.

Lonergan is replacing Karl Hobbs, who was fired last month. Lonergan spent the last six seasons at Vermont.