George Washington’s Mike Lonergan has established himself as one of the top men’s basketball coaches in the Atlantic 10, with three straight 20-win seasons, but he faces accusations of verbal and emotional abuse of his players, according to a story in the Washington Post on Thursday.
A player, who remains anonymous, complained to George Washington’s Title IX coordinator in April. The Washington Post talked to multiple players about Lonergan, who is 97-70 in five seasons, and granted them anonymity.
One said, “A lot of kids transfer because they have delusions of grandeur. Nobody transferred from GW with delusions of grandeur. They just transferred because they hated him. They couldn’t stand another second of him.”
Lonergan issued a statement about the story via email to the Washington Post.
“I will not respond to anonymous, unfounded allegations,” Lonergan said. “These types of accusations have already been investigated by the University and found to be groundless. Those who know me know that I conduct myself and run my program with integrity. I have a long record of graduating student-athletes who go on to be successful in life. I am proud of my student-athletes’ success on the court and in the classroom, and I am focused on preparing for the upcoming season.”
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