University officially announces Lonergan dismissal

GW officially announced the dismissal of men's basketball head coach Mike Lonergan late Saturday afternoon. Hatchet file photo by Dan Rich | Photo Editor
GW officially announced the dismissal of men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan late Saturday afternoon. Hatchet file photo by Dan Rich | Photo Editor

Updated: Sept. 17, 2016 at 5:14 p.m.

Men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan has officially been dismissed from the program, according to a statement released by Provost Forrest Maltzman Saturday afternoon.

The University plans to announce an interim head coach soon.

“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,” Maltzman said in the release. “The University concluded that Coach Lonergan had engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university’s values.”

He added that the University will conduct “a broader review” of the athletics department.

Executive Director of Athletics Communications Brian Sereno declined to answer any questions. 

The announcement follows a flurry of reports late Friday night that GW had decided to fire the fifth-year head coach after investigating verbal and emotional abuse allegations published in the Washington Post in July.

GW opens its 2016-2017 season on Nov. 11 against Maryland Eastern Shore.

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