Sources: Lonergan leaving Maryland

Assistant to be named head coach at Vermont

College Basketball

February 26, 2005|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Maryland first-year men's basketball assistant coach Mike Lonergan has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Vermont, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Lonergan, 39, will remain on Gary Williams' staff for the rest of the season before replacing Tom Brennan, who has announced that he will retire at the end of this season after 19 years at Vermont.

An official announcement from Vermont is expected today.

Lonergan, a Bowie native, led Division III Catholic University to nine NCAA Division III tournament appearances and the 2001 national championship before being hired as Williams' second assistant this season. Lonergan posted a 251-88 record during his 12 years at Catholic.

Lonergan will become the 12th assistant under Williams to become a college or NBA head coach.

Williams will now have to hire his third assistant in two seasons. Lonergan replaced Jimmy Patsos, who took the head coaching job at Loyola. Former Terps player Keith Booth was hired as the third assistant before this season, replacing Matt Kovarik, who is with Patsos at Loyola.

Lonergan went to Vermont and interviewed for the job after the Terps' home victory over Duke two weeks ago.

"I think every assistant's goal is to become a head coach. My job is to help them get there," Williams said.

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