Early life and competitive career
Long grew up in Nyssa, Oregon, where he was a track star in the javelin at Nyssa High School. He attended Stanford University, where he was the individual javelin champion at the 1954 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
After earning a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Long was hired as a track coach at Los Altos High School in 1956, coaching at the school from 1956–1963 and again from 1969–1981. During his tenure, the school won 15 league titles, two section championships, and a boys' California state championship in 1970. Long also coached 11 individual state champions, and three discus national record holders: Bob Stoecker, Chris Adams, and Scott Overton. He also coached the Pakistan Olympic team in 1958 and the Sudan Olympic team in 1960.
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