Rocky Long
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Rocky Long
Rocky Long
Long at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamNew Mexico
ConferenceMountain West
Biographical details
Born (1950-01-27) January 27, 1950 (age 71)
Provo, Utah
Alma materNew Mexico (BEd)
Playing career
1969-1971New Mexico
1972-1973BC Lions
1974Detroit Wheels
1975-1976BC Lions
Position(s)Defensive back, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972-1973New Mexico (GA)
1974-1975Eldorado HS (NM) (assistant)
1978New Mexico (OB)
1979-1980New Mexico (DB)
1981-1985Wyoming (DC/DB)
1986-1987BC Lions (LB)
1988-1990TCU (DB)
1991-1995Oregon State (DC)
1996-1997UCLA (DC)
1998-2008New Mexico
2009-2010San Diego State (DC)
2011-2019San Diego State
2020-presentNew Mexico (DC/LB)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
3 MWC (2012, 2015, 2016)
CFL Western All-Star (1977)

Roderick John Long Jr. (born January 27, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator at his alma mater and previously held the head coaching position from 1998-2008 for the same University of New Mexico.[1] Prior to being rehired as defensive coordinator, Long was the head football coach at San Diego State University.[2] He played professionally with BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Detroit Wheels of World Football League (WFL).

Playing career

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 career

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 were 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.[3] In 2011, he was promoted to head coach at San Diego State after two seasons as their defensive coordinator.

In 2020, Long resigned from San Diego State, and Brady Hoke was named as his replacement.[4] He left San Diego State with 81 wins, second all time in wins behind Don Coryell.[5] Soon after his resignation from SDSU, the University of New Mexico announced Long would be returning to the Lobos to take over as their defensive coordinator under new coach Danny Gonzales, a former player and assistant coach under Long at UNM as well as SDSU. [6]

Personal life

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,[7] and Hannah is the women's volleyball program head coach at Queens University of Charlotte.[8]

Head coaching record

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) (2011-2019)
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 10-3 5-3 T-1st (West) W New Mexico
San Diego State: 81-38 51-20
Total: 146-107
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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  3. ^ "New Mexico's winningest coach Long steps down".
  4. ^ Kenney, Kirk (January 8, 2020). "Aztecs' Rocky Long to resign; Brady Hoke will be head coach". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "San Diego State coach Rocky Long retires from position, Brady Hoke takes over Aztecs' program". Retrieved .
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  7. ^ "Rogers St". Archived from the original on June 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "2016 Women's Volleyball Coaching Staff".

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