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Rocky Long
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Long at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSan Diego State
ConferenceMW
Record72–35
Biographical details
Born (1950-01-27) January 27, 1950 (age 69)
Provo, Utah
Alma materNew Mexico (BEd)
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back, quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall137–104
Bowls4–9
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 MWC (2012, 2015, 2016)
Awards
CFL Western All-Star (1977)

Roderick John "Rocky" Long Jr. (born January 27, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the San Diego State University. Promoted on January 12, 2011 from defensive coordinator, he succeeded Brady Hoke.[1] Long was the head football coach at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, from 1998 to 2008. He played professionally with BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Detroit Wheels of World Football League (WFL).

Playing careerEdit

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 (WAC) in 1971. His professional career began with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1972, with which he played 68 games in total. In 1974, he departed to the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League (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 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 careerEdit

Long returned to New Mexico as the head football coach on December 20, 1997. His overall won-loss record was 65–69 in 11 seasons. His 65 wins are the most of any head coach in program history. Long surpassed Roy W. Johnson's mark of 41 wins during the 2005 season.

Long led the Lobos to three straight bowl games from 2003 to 2005, a first in program history. The Lobos been bowl-eligible for seven straight seasons, from 2001 to 2007, another program record. This streak continued into the 2007 season as the Lobos accepted a bid to the New Mexico Bowl, where Long garnered his bowl win with a victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack.

After an 11-season career, Long resigned on November 17, 2008, two days after the Lobos' regular game 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 lifeEdit

Long and his wife, Debby, have two daughters, Roxanne and Hannah, who are also coaches. Roxanne is the former women's basketball program head coach at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma,[3] and Hannah is the women's volleyball program head coach at Queens University of Charlotte.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

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 11–3 8–0 1st (West) W Hawaii
2016 San Diego State 11–3 6–2 1st (West) W Las Vegas 25 25
2017 San Diego State 10–3 6–2 2nd (West) L Armed Forces
2018 San Diego State 7–6 4–4 4th (West) L Frisco
2019 San Diego State 1–0 0–0 (West)
San Diego State: 72–35 46–17
Total: 137–104
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Rocky Long who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

The following is a list of all coaches Long served for at the NCAA Division I level through assistant coaching:

Key: – As a letterman[5]

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