Mike Lonergan Named George Washington Coach, Calls It His 'Dream Job'

Mike Lonergan was formally introduced as George Washington's basketball coach, calling it his "dream job" in his introductory press conference.

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Mike Lonergan Press Conference: Coach Says George Washington Basketball Is 'Dream Job'

Mike Lonergan was formerly introduced as the new George Washington basketball coach in a press conference Monday afternoon, and besides spending time talking about the recent coaching changes in the region, Lonergan affirmed that there is nowhere he would rather be than George Washington. Via Kathy Orton of the Washington Post:

"I've always talked about this being my dream job," he said. "GW has always been special to me."    

Lonergan has local roots, having coached at Catholic University for 13 years and grown up in Bowie. Walking with a limp after a knee injury, Lonergan discussed the importance of stepping up his recruiting efforts to attract higher-level talent to Foggy Bottom. Via the AP:

"We're going to try to get the word out there that we want to compete with all those school in the recruiting battles," Lonergan said. "At Vermont I always said I had to get low-Big East and A-10 players. Here we're to have to some Big East-type players if we want to win the A-10. I definitely know what I've gotten in to. It can be done here."    

Here is the complete video of Lonergan's introductory press conference, via George Washington's athletics web site


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Vermont's Mike Lonergan Hired As New George Washington Basketball Head Coach

George Washington basketball has hired a local man to replace the departed Karl Hobbs as head coach. Mike Lonergan, the longtime head coach as Catholic University, will be hired as GW's new head coach, according to Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington.

Lonergan will be introduced as the coach on Monday, according to two sources close to the negotiations between Lonergan and GW.    

Lonergan had been the head coach at the University of Vermont for the past six seasons. He compiled a 126-68 record in that span, winning the 2010 America East title. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Catholic University from 1992 to 2004, where he won the Division III basketball championship in 2001. 

Lonergan is a local product who grew up in Bowie. He had been an assistant to outgoing Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams after being the head coach at Catholic. He replaces Hobbs, who was fired in late April after 10 seasons in Foggy Bottom.

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Karl Hobbs Let Go As George Washington Basketball Coach, According To Report

The D.C. area will end up losing yet another local coach. Just three days after Jim Larranaga left George Mason for Miami, George Washington coach Karl Hobbs has reportedly been let go, according to FOX Sports' Jeff Goodman.

George Washington coach Karl Hobbs has been let go, sources told FOXSports.com. GW had hired a new athletic director - former America East commish Patrick Nero - last week. He delivered news to Hobbs this afternoon.

Josh Barr of the Washington Post is reporting that it was Hobbs' decision to resign. Either way, Hobbs will no longer be the program's head coach.

Hobbs has been George Washington's head coach for the last 10 seasons, compiling a 166-129 record after taking over for Tom Penders. However, he has struggled to duplicate the success the program had from 2004-1007, when it made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. George Washington improved to 17-14 last season after going 9-17 in 2008, 10-18 in 2009 and 16-15 in 2010, but was knocked out by St. Joseph's at home in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at home.

It remains unclear who might be in position to take the job now that Hobbs has departed.

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