- The Washington Times - Friday, February 25, 2005


Maryland assistant basketball coach Mike Lonergan will become Vermont’s head coach today.

According to sources, Vermont officials will announce Lonergan’s hiring in Burlington, Vt., after postponing a press conference yesterday. Lonergan could not be reached for comment, but sources close to him said Lonergan accepted the deal last night after receiving the offer on Thursday.

Vermont pursued several successors for coach Tom Brennan, who will retire after 19 seasons. The Catamounts (21-5) clinched the America East regular season title on Thursday.

Lonergan will remain with the Terrapins through the end of their season. He attended Maryland’s practice yesterday at Comcast Center, where the team was preparing for tomorrow’s meeting with No.2 North Carolina.

Lonergan is completing his first season as the No.2 assistant at Maryland after spending 11 years as the coach at Catholic. He hoped joining the Terps would lead to a Division I head coaching job after he earned few interviews despite winning 251 games and the 2001 Division III national title at Catholic.

Lonergan becomes the second Maryland assistant in the past year to secure a head coaching job, joining current Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos. He is also the 12th assistant under Terps coach Gary Williams to become a head coach.

Rick Snider

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