Vermont coach Lonergan gets new deal

Updated: April 4, 2007, 1:13 AM ET news services

America East Coach of the Year Mike Lonergan agreed to a new contract that runs through 2011-12, the school announced on Tuesday.

"In his tenure as men's basketball head coach, Mike Lonergan has provided exceptional leadership and vision," director of athletics Dr. Robert Corran said in a statement. "Our program and student-athletes have thrived under his mentorship, pointing to a very bright future. We are all the more excited knowing that Mike and his family will continue as members of the Catamount family for at least the next five years."

Lonergan led Vermont to a 25-8 mark and the America East regular-season championship last year. The Catamounts lost in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. Lonergan is 38-25 in two seasons.

"My family and I are very happy and appreciative of the long term commitment that Dr. Corran and UVM have made to us," Lonergan said in the statement. "We are very excited about the future of UVM under the tremendous leadership of President Fogel. This is truly a special place and we look forward to being a part of the UVM community for a long time."