George Washington fires basketball coach Mike Lonergan for alleged abuse of players
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Two months after he was investigated for allegedly verbally and emotionally abusing his players, basketball head coach Mike Lonergan was fired by George Washington, according to sources.
According to multiple reports, the university brought in outside counsel as part of a “Title IV review” investigation but sources said some of the reported allegations go beyond the scope of Title IX.
A newspaper report indicated that multiple former players and staff members accused the 50-year-old Lonergan of routinely abusing his players verbally and emotionally in his assessments and critiques of them.
The abuse created an offensive environment and caused many of them to leave the program as a result.
A source said Lonergan left campus at midday Friday and didn’t tell anyone why. George Washington also had a recruit on campus for an official visit Friday and Lonergan unexpectedly didn’t show up for dinner with him.
Lonergan led the program to the NCAA tournament in 2014 and the NIT championship last season. Thirteen players transferred from George Washington in Lonergan’s five-year tenure.