Assistant Howes selected as CUA Head Men's Basketball Coach
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, announced today (July 19th, 2004) that Steve Howes, who has served for five years as an assistant coach for the Cardinals, has been named as head coach of CUA's national title-winning men's basketball program.
"We're very happy Steve Howes will assume the lead coaching position for our men's basketball team after all his good work recruiting and working with many of our top players," says Father O'Connell. "He's been a great asset to our program thus far and promises to continue the winning tradition of our championship team."
"Strong coaching leadership is critical to continue a tradition of academic and athletic excellence for the men's basketball program," adds Susan D. Pervi, vice president for student life. "In selecting Steve Howes, we have a talented, devoted professional who will enable our student-athletes to enhance their individual skills and work together as a successful, competitive intercollegiate team."
Howes is a CUA alumnus and a local success, who got his start playing at Wheaton's Good Counsel High School, where he was a team captain and Coach's Award winner. After graduating in 1991, Howe played at Frostburg State University in Maryland from 1991 to 1993 before transferring to CUA for his final two seasons. He started 14 games as a junior, including a 12-point, 12-rebound performance at Gettysburg.
Returning to Good Counsel, he coached there from 1995-1998 and from 2000-2001. He graduated from CUA with a bachelor's degree in history in 1996.
He first started working for his alma mater in September 1998 when he joined Coach Mike Lonergan's staff at CUA, where he coached until June 2000. He went back to serve as assistant varsity coach at Good Counsel High School in Wheaton for a year before returning to Catholic in October 2001, shortly after the Cardinals won the NCAA Division III National Championship title.
The Washington, D.C., native is well known for his recruiting skills and his individual workouts with top college and professional players. Among the players he has helped develop are Roger Mason Jr., the Chicago Bulls' second-round pick in 2002; Earl Hunt, all-time leading scorer at Brown University; and Eddie Lucas, a 1999 second-round pick of the Utah Jazz.
"Steve Howes will do a great job leading our basketball program," says CUA Director of Athletics Bob Talbot. "He's a proven performer for this program and already has great relationships on this campus, at local high schools, and with other top feeder schools in the mid-Atlantic area."
"I am fortunate to be able to coach at such a wonderful university that has always been special to me," says Howes. "It is a great honor and challenge to follow in the footsteps of Mike Lonergan. Over the last 11 years, he has been my coach, mentor and friend. I look forward to continuing the tradition of success that we have built here."
Howes is known for relentlessly attending D.C. high school games to scout for fresh talent, and for recruiting many of the players on CUA's national title-winning 2001 lineup, including Matt Hilleary and Will Morley. He's also known for getting the best from his players.
"I just had to go back to the drawing board," said the Bulls' Mason, in a 2001 interview with The Roanoke Times during his tenure at University of Virginia. "At home, my coach, Steve Howes, basically made me shoot till I couldn't shoot anymore. Some days, I took as many as 1,000 jumpers - not so much 3-pointers - but form shooting and getting my shot back to where it was."
Mason, a Good Counsel High School graduate, still takes instruction from Howes on an individual basis.
"Steve really takes the time to find the best players and then works with them to develop their potential to the fullest," Talbot says. "He puts his whole heart into this game, and has the drive to help our student-athletes perform at their highest level while maintaining a commitment to academic excellence. He has the talent and the skill to help the Cardinals maintain their winning tradition. We look forward to an exciting new season under Coach Howes."
The university plans to hold a welcoming reception for Howes in early September when CUA students return to campus.
Lonergan named assistant coach at Division I Maryland
WASHINGTON -- Catholic University's all-time winningest head coach and leader of the 2001 NCAA Division III national champions Mike Lonergan will join the Maryland men's basketball team as an assistant, Terps head coach Gary Williams announced on Thursday, April 22nd.
"Mike Lonergan is a proven winner and a former national championship coach," said Williams. "He is very familiar with the Baltimore-Washington area and brings a strong recruiting background to our staff."
Lonergan, who led the Cardinals to seven consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and nine overall since taking over the program at his alma mater in 1992, fills the assistant coaching vacancy left by Jimmy Patsos, who became the head coach at Loyola College on April 1.
"I'm excited to join Gary Williams' staff at Maryland," said Lonergan, 38. "He's one of the finest coaches in basketball, and he's succeeded in the nation's toughest conference. I want to thank Catholic University for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach at a young age, for supporting me through the years, and for its support of my decision to leave."
Lonergan amassed a 251-88 (.740) record during his 12-year tenure and his squad averaged 24.7 victories per season over his last seven years. "I am very excited to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity," said Lonergan. "I am able to work for a future Hall of Fame Coach in Gary Williams, coach in the finest basketball conference in the country and contribute to the basketball team that I grew up rooting for."
Lonergan graduated from Catholic in 1988, earning a B.A. in history. He went on to attain a master's degree in criminal justice at American International College in Springfield, Mass., while working as an assistant coach during the 1988-89 season.
Before returning to his alma mater, Lonergan served as an assistant coach at Colgate University for three seasons from 1989-1992. There he served as the top recruiter for his former college coach, the late Jack Bruen, who was named Patriot League Coach of the Year in Lonergan's final season with the Red Raiders.
Lonergan was the head coach at Catholic from the 1992-93 to 2003-04 seasons, leading the Cardinals to nine of the 11 NCAA appearances in the history of the program, all while graduating 100 percent of his players and taking on Division I foes such as Princeton, American, Davidson and William & Mary. Catholic's victory over Albany (N.Y.) in 2000 was the program's first over a Division I school since 1981.
He has coached a Division III All-American in each of the last five seasons, and is the only coach in the nation to have led his team to seven consecutive regular-season conference championships.
Lonergan, a native of Bowie, Md., is married to Catholic University's women's basketball coach, the former Maggie Meagher, who led her squad to a 21-7 finish in 2003-04, its finest season ever. They have two children - a son Jack (5), and daughter Margaret (3).
(Courtesy of the University of Maryland Athletics Media Relations Department)
DIII News names Morley All American
WASHINGTON - Catholic University's William Morley was named first-team All-American by DIII News. He is believed to be the first CUA men's basketball player so honored.
The team captured the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship at Mary Washington and appeared in its seventh straight NCAA Division III Tournament. Morley was honored as CAC Player of the Year, and was named first-team All-Middle Atlantic Region by D3hoops.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Morley started on CUA's 2001 national championship team and was named CAC Rookie of the Year after leading the league in free throw shooting (84.1 percent). He will graduate in May with a degree in communications and has applied for a job with the Secret Service. He's also looking into playing basketball overseas.
Cardinal Coach Mike Lonergan has led CUA to seven consecutive 20-win seasons, each concluding with a CAC regular-season title. He has coached an All-American each of the past five years: Dan Harrington (fifth team, 2000), Pat Maloney (second-team, 2001) and Matt Hilleary (second-team, 2002-03). Lonergan's latest edition finished 24-6 after losing at Gwynedd-Mercy in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
Morley was joined on the DIII News first team by Rich Melzer (Wisconsin-River Falls), Ben Coffin (Williams), Dennis Stanton (Ursinus) and Jim Conrad (Ohio Northern).
Morley adds more postseason honors
WASHINGTON --- Senior William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) was has been named to the 2003-2004 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Middle Atlantic Region All-District Team. It is the second postseason honor for the 6-5 forward who last week was named to the D3Hoops.com All Mid-Atlantic Region First Team.
Glen Robinson of Franklin & Marshall was awarded the Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and Dennis Stanton of Ursinus was the Middle Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
2003-04 NABC Middle Atlantic Region
Dennis Stanton - Ursinus
Badou Gaye - Gwynedd Mercy
J.D. Byers - Lebanon Valley
Jim Zinn - DeSales
William Morley - CATHOLIC
Ray Strickland - Alvernia
Steve Juskin - Franklin & Marshall
Duran Searles - Franklin & Marshall
Anthony Fitzgerald - Villa Julie
Brian Horgan - King's
Terron Buchanon - Albright
For more information, visit www.NABC.com
Morley named First-Team All-Region by D3Hoops.com
WASHINGTON --- D3Hoops.com released its All Mid-Atlantic Region Team and William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) was named a first-team selection.
Morley, the 2003-04 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, led the Cardinals in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg). He finishes in 6th place on the CUA All-time scoring list with 1,727 career points.
The senior helped Catholic, the 2003-04 CAC Champions, to its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and an overall record of 24-6.
Morley named CAC Player of the Year
WASHINGTON --- Catholic had two players represented as the 2004 All-CAC Men's Basketball Team was released today. Senior William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) earned the top award as CAC Player of the Year. Teammate Blair Mills (Hebron, Md./Wicomico) was honored with a second team selection.
Morley, the 2001 CAC Rookie of the Year and a first team selection last season, leads the Cardinals in almost every offensive category. His averages in scoring (19.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.8) rank in the top 5 in the Capital Athletic Conference. He was named Athlete of the Week three times and scored in double figures in every game this season. In 28 games this season, Morley has scored 20 or more points 11 times.
Mills is right behind Morley in scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg) on the squad. But the forward is ranked nationally in free-throw percentage (91.5%). This season, Mills has hit on 97-of-106 attempts at the free-throw line. Mills also notched two double-doubles this season and scored a career-high 23 points back on December 1st.
The Cardinals, the 2004 Capital Athletic Conference Champions, will host a first-round 2004 NCAA Tournament game against SUNY-Old Westbury on Thursday, March 4th here at the DuFour Center at 7 p.m.
2004 First Team
Brandon Bushey (York)
Evan Fowler (Mary Washington)
Robert Haney (Gallaudet)
William Morley (Catholic)
Carlton Phelps (Marymount)
Second Team All-CAC
Jon Hurd (Mary Washington)
Pierre Jones (Goucher)
Kip McCoy (Marymount)
Blair Mills (Catholic)
Garrett Smith (Goucher)
CAC Player of the Year: WILLIAM
CAC Rookie of the Year: Mike Lee (Mary Washington)
CAC Coach of the Year: Brock Kantrow (St. Mary's)
Mills picks up weeky CAC award (3/1)
CAC Athlete of the Week is awarded to Morley (2/9)
Morleyearns CAC Athlete of the Week (1/11)
Morley named CAC Athlete of the Week, team ranked (12/7)
Catholic honored in two preseason polls
2003-04 Season Preview
2003-04 Quick Facts
Captains named for 2003-04 season
2003-04 Schedule (24-6, 12-2 CAC) Stats
|Nov. 21||vs. Guilford +||Lancaster, Pa.||L, 98-96 (OT)|
|Nov. 22||vs. Washington & Lee +||Lancaster, Pa.||W, 72-61|
|Nov. 25||Haverford||DuFour Center||W, 98-90|
|Nov. 29||Scranton||DuFour Center||W, 97-63|
|Dec. 1||at Villa Julie||Stevenson, Md.||W, 107-85|
|Dec. 3||at Salisbury *||Salisbury, Md.||W, 79-62|
|Dec. 6||Gallaudet *||DuFour Center||W, 75-67|
|Dec. 14||North Carolina Wesleyan||DuFour Center||W, 89-79|
|Jan. 4||Methodist||DuFour Center||W, 85-43|
|Jan. 6||at Richard Stockton||Pomona, N.J.||W, 72-56|
|Jan. 8||at Susquehanna||Selinsgrove, Pa.||L, 79-63|
|Jan. 10||Greensboro @||DuFour Center||W, 69-57|
|Jan. 11||Kean @||DuFour Center||L, 59-56|
|Jan. 14||at Mary Washington *||Fredericksburg, Va.||L, 70-65|
|Jan. 17||Marymount * %||DuFour Center||L, 73-66 (OT)|
|Jan. 21||at St. Mary's (Md.) *||St. Mary's City, Md.||W, 58-49|
|Jan. 24||at Goucher *||Towson, Md.||W, 79-64|
|Jan. 28||York (Pa.) *||DuFour Center||W, 84-73|
|Jan. 31||at Gallaudet *||Washington, D.C.||W, 67-52|
|Feb. 4||Salisbury *||DuFour Center||W, 78-57|
|Feb. 7||at Marymount *||Arlington, Va.||W, 74-60|
|Feb. 11||Mary Washington *||DuFour Center||W, 67-63|
|Feb. 14||St. Mary's (Md.) *||DuFour Center||W, 73-61|
|Feb. 18||at York (Pa.) *||York, Pa.||W, 91-80|
|Feb. 21||Goucher *||DuFour Center||W, 72-62|
|Feb. 24||Salisbury #||DuFour Center||W, 75-68|
|Feb. 26||Goucher #||DuFour Center||W, 62-51|
|Feb. 28||at Mary Washington #||Fredericksburg, Va.||W, 81-72|
|Mar. 4||SUNY-Old Westbury $||DuFour Center||W, 75-50|
|Mar. 6||at Gwynedd Mercy $||Gwynedd Valley, Pa.||L, 74-72 OT|
* Capital Athletic Conference games
% Alumni game
@ 2004 CUA Pepsi Classic
+ 2003 Franklin & Marshall Sponaugle Tournament
# 2004 CAC Tournament
$ 2004 NCAA Tournament
Home games in bold
|01||Mike Wasilenko||G||6-0||160||Fr.||Washington Twp., N.J./Don Bosco Prep|
|10||Aaron Kelly||G||6-0||170||So.||Syracuse, N.Y./St. Thomas More (Conn.)|
|11||Adam Dickman||G||5-11||170||Sr.||Walkersville, Md./Thomas Johnson|
|14||Patrick Satalin||G||5-11||165||So.||Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill|
|15||Tim Burke||G||6-0||170||Jr.||Wall, N.J./Christian Bros. Academy|
|21||William Morley||F||6-5||228||Sr.||Olney, Md./Good Counsel|
|23||Steve Papageorge||G/F||6-2||175||Fr.||Annandale, Va./Falls Church|
|32||Shane Sowden||F||6-8||195||So.||Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth's|
|33||Matt Tanner||G/F||6-4||200||So.||Eldersburg, Md./St. Maria Goretti|
|34||Patrick Dwyer||G/F||6-7||225||Fr.||Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy|
|42||Blair Mills||F||6-5||200||Sr.||Hebron, Md./Wicomico|
|44||Stephen Wheeler||F/C||6-7||215||Fr.||Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel|
|52||Jeff Baccash||C||6-7||211||Jr.||Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel|
|54||Matt Spierenburg||C||6-9||225||So.||Chambersburg, Pa./St. Maria Goretti (Md.)|
Head Coach: Mike Lonergan (Catholic '88)
Assistant Coaches: Bob Wagner, Steve Howes, Jim Black
Administrative Assistant: Chris McManes
Manager: Robert Hay, Andrew Gunderson, Tom Szczypkowski
Captains: Adam Dickman, Blair Mills, William Morley