Assistant Sports Director
WASHINGTON- At 12:30pm on Wednesday afternoon, the George Washington University athletic department took its first step as a new administration toward productively increasing fan involvement. The program hosted a conference call as the first-ever Colonials Fan Forum, which featured fan questions, special giveaways, and audience polls. Athletic director Patrick Nero, new men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan, and guards Tony Taylor and Lasan Kromah were on the panel.
George Washington students, alumni, faculty, and fans were on the call to discuss the recent changes in the athletic department and the upcoming season for all Colonials athletics. It was this new administration’s
To open, Nero focused mostly on his goals for the program and his accomplishment during his first month on the job. He also went on to mention the three facets that are most important to him: the operation of Hel-Well, club athletics, and varsity athletics – particularly zeroing in on making GW’s student-athletes a priority.
“The most important thing for me has been getting to know our student athletes and trying to find what they need to be successful,” he said.
After Nero’s remarks, the attention turned Coach Lonergan and the men’s basketball team. He stated that GW needs to gain more recognition in the media both regionally and nationally to become successful. Notably, he received questions about his formula for success, his strategy on the court and how he is going to adjust to his roster. With the graduation of Joseph Katuka and the loss of recruit Erik Copes to rival George Mason, the Colonials appear to lack frontcourt depth.
“We are probably going to have to be a little undersized at times and we are going to have to make matchup problems by playing a lot of guards,” Lonergan said. “We might have to double down in the post and do some things to keep a good quality post player from killing us this season.”
Junior Lasan Kromah, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, announced that he is finally back to full health after surgery. He talked about the steps he has taken to get back full strength, hitting the weight room and playing summer league basketball at Georgetown. After weathering his first extended period of time away from the game, Kromah expressed that he was more than ready to play.