According to a statement released by the attorney’s of Mike Lonergan, the former George Washington head coach will seek appropriate relief from the University for this wrongful termination and treatment. The full text of the statement is below:
George Washington University terminated Coach Lonergan’s employment with almost five years remaining on his contract. He cooperated fully with the University’s Title IX review. The University never identified to the Coach his accuser, much less the details and the substance of the anonymous accusations. He was denied administrative due process in the form of a hearing as required by his contract and the policies of the University. The University failed and refused to give Coach Lonergan written notice of the outcome of the Title IX review, which is required by the University’s own policy, and the University violated the confidentiality provisions of the policy by issuing a press release about the review. He will seek appropriate relief from the University for this wrongful termination and treatment.
Coach Lonergan has been a college basketball coach for twenty-eight years with a superior, unblemished reputation for inspiring and protecting his players. He has graduated every single player he recruited. Last season Coach Lonergan coached the team to its best single season in program history and led the team to its first ever NIT Championship. He is the father of five young children.
Coach Lonergan wants to thank those current and former players, their parents, his former staff and colleagues, and others who have supported him throughout his coaching career. He looks forward to coaching at another school in the future.