George Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan fired after abuse investigation
Washington DC— George Washington University leaders have dismissed the head coach of the school’s men’s basketball team Mike Lonergan.
Lonergan has been under investigation by the university since July after allegations surfaced of emotional and verbal abuse.
Anonymous players took their concerns to the Washington Post claiming Lonergan used anti-gay language when scolding some players, even telling one player that he should try out for a transgender league.
On Saturday, the university provost Forrest Maltzman released a statement about the firing saying the school’s investigation found that Lonergan’s actions did not fall in line with GW’s values of inclusion.
No further details were released regarding what the school’s investigation uncovered.
Lonergan spent five years as the team’s head coach earning a birth in the NCAA tournament in 2014 and winning the NIT championship last year but also saw 13 players leave the program over the course of four seasons.
At this point, the school has yet to name a new head coach or interim coach.
The start of the upcoming season is a little less than two months away.
Below is the full statement released by the university.
Effective today, Mike Lonergan is no longer the Head Men’s Basketball Coach of the George Washington University. The university will have an announcement soon about an interim coach.
The university has created and is committed to maintaining a community where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome and comfortable. We value inclusion and diversity and will not tolerate conduct that runs counter to those principles.
The university recently conducted a thorough investigation into allegations concerning Coach Lonergan. The university concluded that Coach Lonergan had engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university’s values.
A broader review of the Department of Athletics and Recreation is currently underway and will be completed in the near future. We recognize and embrace our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for all members of our community.