Rocky Long

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Rocky Long
Rocky Long in 2009.jpg
Long in 2009 as San Diego State defensive coordinator
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team San Diego State
Conference MWC
Record 34-23
Biographical details
Born (1950-01-27) January 27, 1950 (age 65)
Provo, Utah
Playing career
1969–1971 New Mexico
1972–1973 BC Lions
1974 Detroit Wheels
1975–1976 BC Lions
Position(s) Defensive back, Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1973 New Mexico (GA)
1974–1975 Eldorado (NM) HS (Assistant)
1978 New Mexico (OB)
1979–1980 New Mexico (DB)
1981–1985 Wyoming (DC/DB)
1986–1987 BC Lions (LB)
1988–1990 TCU (DB)
1991–1995 Oregon St. (DC)
1996–1997 UCLA (DC)
1998–2008 New Mexico
2009–2010 San Diego St. (DC)
2011–present San Diego St.
Head coaching record
Overall 99–92
Bowls 2–7
Accomplishments and honors
Mountain West Conference (2012)
CFL Western All-Star (1977)

Roderick John "Rocky" Long Jr. (born January 27, 1950) is the head coach of the San Diego State University Aztecs college football team. Promoted on January 12, 2011 from defensive coordinator, he replaced Brady Hoke.[1] Long was head coach at the University of New Mexico from 1998-2008, and was a player with the Canadian Football League (BC Lions) and World Football League (Detroit Wheels).

Playing career[edit]

Long was the starting quarterback for the New Mexico Lobos football team from 1969 to 1971, recording consecutive winning seasons and earning player-of-the-year honors in the Western Athletic Conference in 1971. His professional career began with the BC Lions in 1972, with whom he would play 68 games in total. In 1974 he departed to the Detroit Wheels of the up-start WFL. That year he intercepted three passes for 38 return yards, and returned 20 punts for 217 yards and 14 kickoffs for 402 yards. He returned to the CFL Lions for three years and had one of his best years in 1975, when he intercepted a team high eight passes for 88 yards. A Western All-Star in 1977, Long also led the team in punt returns in his last three years, and is still the fourth leading all-time returner, with 1946 yards on 192 punt returns, with one touchdown.

Coaching career[edit]

Long returned to UNM as the head football coach on December 20, 1997. His overall won-loss record through the 2008 season is 65–69, including 43–31 since 2001, the best five-year stretch for Lobo football in over forty years. He is the most successful head coach in New Mexico Football history, passing Roy Johnson during the 2005 season.

He led the Lobos to three straight post-season bowl games (2003–05) for the first time in school history and the Lobos have been bowl-eligible for seven straight seasons, another record. This streak continued into the 2007 season as the Lobos accepted a bid to the New Mexico Bowl. He garnered his first bowl win as Lobo coach by defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl.

After 11 seasons, and an over-all losing record, of coaching at UNM, Long decided to resign on November 17, 2008, two days after the Lobos' regular season ended. Long cited that he was not the right person to lead the program to newer heights. He added that he had no plans of retirement, and that he wanted to continue to coach as a coordinator.[2] In 2011, he was promoted to head coach at San Diego State after two seasons as their defensive coordinator.

Personal life[edit]

Long and his wife, Debby, have two daughters, Roxanne and Hannah, who are also coaches. Roxanne is the former head women's basketball coach at Rogers State University[3] and Hannah is the head volleyball coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
New Mexico Lobos (Western Athletic Conference) (1998)
1998 New Mexico 3–9 1–7 7th (Pacific)
New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West Conference) (1999–2008)
1999 New Mexico 4–7 3–4 T–5th
2000 New Mexico 5–7 3–4 T–5th
2001 New Mexico 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
2002 New Mexico 7–7 5–2 2nd L Las Vegas
2003 New Mexico 8–5 5–2 2nd L Las Vegas
2004 New Mexico 7–5 5–2 2nd L Emerald
2005 New Mexico 6–5 4–4 T–4th
2006 New Mexico 6–7 4–4 5th L New Mexico
2007 New Mexico 9–4 5–3 T–3rd W New Mexico
2008 New Mexico 4–8 2–6 7th
New Mexico: 65–69 40–34
San Diego State Aztecs (Mountain West Conference) (2011–present)
2011 San Diego State 8–5 4–3 4th L New Orleans
2012 San Diego State 9–4 7–1 T–1st L Poinsettia
2013 San Diego State 8–5 6–2 2nd (West) W Famous Idaho Potato
2014 San Diego State 7–6 5–3 T–1st (West) L Poinsettia
2015 San Diego State 2–3 1–0 (West)
San Diego State: 34–23 23–9
Total: 99–92
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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