T&F adds 14 state champions, and a two-time All-American to roster
Brown-Stewart headed to USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
SFA's sprints/hurdles coach honored by the USTFCCCA
Sean Lonergan begins his fifth season as the sprints and hurdles coach at SFA - during that time in Nacogdoches Lonergan has made the sprints/hurdles groups one of the strongest in the Southland.
Lonergan's experience producing talented sprinters and hurdlers was evident in his first season on campus. In 2009, Lonergan produced 24 All-SLC athletes, 23 scoring performances at the SLC Championships, set nine school records, eight NCAA regional qualifying marks, an NCAA provisional qualifying performance and he helped turn former Lumberjack Chris Moody into a conference champion, and school-record holder.
It was more of the same from Lonergan's athletes in year two. The SFA sprints and hurdles squad produced 31 All-SLC performances, four conference titles (including two relay titles), 10 school records and two NCAA qualifying marks. Then sophomore Nick McCloud also blossomed into one of the nation's top hurdlers under Lonergan, winning the league's 60-meter hurdles title and recording an NCAA provisional mark. He followed that up by taking the league's 110-meter hurdle championship and advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Lonergan's athletes have posted some pretty staggering numbers in his four years on campus. He has produced 86 All-SLC performers, 33 school record, eight SLC individual champions, five SLC relay champions, three NCAA qualifiers and one SLC Freshman of the Year.
Lonergan comes to the Nacogdoches by way of the high school ranks where he was one of the top prep coaches in the state of Texas for 13 seasons. He spent four seasons at Denton Guyer High School where he served as an assistant football coach and the boys' head track and field coach. During his time at Guyer, Lonergan coached the program to its first district title, while the mile relay team was a state medalist.
Prior to his time at Denton Guyer, Lonergan spent two seasons at Sanger High School where he worked with Travis Beavers who went on to be an All-SLC athlete at SFA. Under Lonergan's guidance, Sanger won a district title, while Beavers advanced to the state finals.
Lonergan began his coaching career at Stephenville High School in 1995 as an assistant football coach and head track and field coach. Lonergan took over as the Stephenville High Director of Football Operations in 1997 under coach Art Briles.
While at Stephenville High School, Lonergan guided his troops to four district titles over the next six seasons. He coached three athletes who continued their athletic careers at SFA. Markeisha Edwards, and daughters Cookie and Katie Lonergan, were each significant contributors in the Ladyjacks run to three Southland Conference titles from 2003-06.
Lonergan has coached 25 athletes in football and track and field who have continued their careers at the collegiate level, including four at SFA.
Lonergan graduated from Adrian College in 1975, where he was a two-sport athlete. He was a two-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association swimmer, and helped guide the football team to back-to-back MIAA titles. Lonergan is a 2000 inductee into the Adrian College Hall of Fame.
The Lonergan Résumé 86 All-Southland Conference Performers 33 School Records Eight SLC Individual Champions Five SLC Relay Champions Three NCAA Qualifiers One SLC Freshman of the Year