LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — George Washington University head basketball coach Mike Lonergan joined the Junkies in studio Monday morning.
Longergan’s Colonials finished the regular season 23-7 and begin the Atlantic-10 tournament Friday at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. GW is seeded third in the tournament and will face either UMass (No. 6) or Rhode Island (No. 11).
The magnitude of finishing third in the conference has not been lost on the players, according to Lonergan who has been burning the candle at both ends since the season began. The rigors of the season and impending tournament have taken a toll on the coach’s health, but the excitement enthusiasm outweighs any nagging symptoms.
“It’s a lot of hours, but some of it’s fun,” Lonergan said. “You don’t get much sleep. I’ve been sick for seriously like two months. I’m almost scared to go to the doctor.”
Long hours and stress were contributors to health scares of former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and Denver Broncos coach John Fox this season. Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke while John Fox missed four weeks after undergoing heart surgery last season.
The good news is that Lonergan was all smiles and looked relatively healthy during Monday’s appearance, despite his medical confession.
Listen to the interview below.