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The Word on the Herd - March 6, 2016
One goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders, three forwards
Knoxville, Tenn., native graduated early to join Thundering Herd
Marshall 4 - UTEP 1 Sept. 23
Career Head Coaching Record (Seasons): 129-156-38 (17)
Kevin Long’s eighth season as Marshall’s head coach was the winningest in Thundering Herd history, with a record of 15-4-3, 6-2-2 in Conference USA. He was named C-USA co-Coach of the Year on Nov. 3, 2015.
Long has led Marshall to postseason play in each of the last three seasons, including the club’s first appearance in the Conference USA Championship match in 2015. His teams have posted numerous school records, such as a season goals-against average of 0.70 and an unbeaten streak of 12 matches. In eight seasons, Long has guided the Herd to a 67-67-22 record, making him MU’s winningest women’s soccer coach ever.
Long coached each of the Marshall’s 11 all-time All-Conference USA honorees and five of the Herd’s six National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-region award recipients.
Long accepted the head position at Marshall following one year as the interim head coach during the 2008 season. Prior to MU, Long worked at Rider University, where he served as head coach from 2003-2008. Long left Rider as the Broncs’ winningest coach with a 37-48-12 record in five years. The Springfield, Va., native was hired as Rider’s third coach in the women’s soccer program history in March 2003.
Long led the Broncs to record-setting victories in his first two seasons, 2003 (11) and 2004 (12). After a 12-win season in 2004, the Broncs qualified for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) playoffs. In that same season, he led Rider to the MAAC Championship Game, and in 2005, earned a first-round victory in the MAAC Championship tournament.
The 2003 season was the first winning season for Rider, a season in which the Broncs won two tournaments. Rider was ranked 27th in the nation among scoring offenses, with a win-loss record ranking among the top-third in the nation.
Prior to Rider, he served as the assistant women’s soccer coach at North Carolina State University from 2001-2003. While with NC State, Long taught physical education and he participated in the 2002 NCAA College Cup YES Clinic.
From 1997-2001, Long coached women’s soccer at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College while also serving as the director of sports information. While coaching at the school, Long had the only two winning seasons in program history. Also at Randolph-Macon, Long was part of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee where he was the chair of the South Region.
From 1998-2001, Long served as evaluator and education reference for over 30 coaches as director of travel coaches for the Lynchburg United Soccer Club.
Long is an Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region I Senior Staff member where he coaches and trains teams to compete at the national level. Additional duties as senior staff member include selecting the regional team, training, coaching in competitions and promoting players to the national level in the Under-14 age group.
From 1993 until 1998, he served as district and state head coach in Virginia, selecting teams, scheduling games and practices, attending and assisting with the Regional Selection Camp.
In March 2008, he took an ODP 17-18 year-old elite women’s squad to Russia to compete against teams from Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Long guided his team to defeat Russia twice and won its bracket to advance to the semifinal round. His squad took the Bronze Championship and was the second youngest squad in the championship’s history to win its bracket.
In 2007, Long was the head coach of an ODP U15 regional team who faced U-20 teams of Costa Rica, Panama, Chile and Mexico. His squad fell short to Mexico, 2-1, in the championship match.
Long began his career in the Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia, as a health and physical education teacher and soccer coach. After college, Long taught three years at Kenmore Middle School before moving to Yorktown High School (1992-1999).
Long has been part of the NSCAA since 1998, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 1994, and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) since 2003.
Also, he has received the NSCAA “Advanced National” diploma in 1999 and in 1996, certified with the United States Soccer Federation “B” License.
Long has been involved with different camps and clinics. He is Director of the Kevin Long Soccer Academy (2004), and numerous others up and down the east coast throughout the years.
Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from George Mason University (1993) and a Master of Arts in Human Services Administration in 2007 from Rider.