March 21, 2001 

Lonergan named regional co-coach of the year

WASHINGTON- Mike Lonergan (Bowie, Md.), who led Catholic University to the 2001 NCAA Division III men's basketball national championship, has been named Middle Atlantic Region co-Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He shares the honor with Jerry Rickrode of Wilkes University.

Lonergan, who was also named region Coach of the Year in 1997-98 by Columbus Multimedia, became the Cardinals' all-time winningest coach in the national championship game victory over William Paterson. His career record of 177-74 is good for the highest winning percentage (.705) in school history.

Lonergan, who just completed his ninth year at CUA, is the only coach in Division III to lead his team to the past four Sweet 16s of the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2000. He has a record of 100-21 (.826) since the start of the 1997-98 season, and has been named Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year three times (1998, 2000, 2001). His teams have advanced to six NCAA Tournaments and won the past four CAC regular season titles.

The 2000-01 Cardinals (28-5) captured the first team national championship in school history, and enter next season with a 16-game winning streak.