|HEAD COACH JAY LONG|
Jay Long has been a rock solid presence in his five years as Chadron State's head football coach.
The CSC alum is responsible for steadying the program with a focus on tradition, culture, and community, in the midst of Chadron State football's greatest adversity.
The Eagles ended the season, Long's first year coaching the Eagles, as the 18th ranked team in the nation by both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com.
In 2013, the Eagles went 8-3 and finished second in the RMAC and in 2014, CSC wound up third in the RMAC with another 8-3 mark.
In 2016, the Eagles were the top passing defense in the RMAC, allowing only 179.5 yards per game through the air.
In five years, Long, who also serves as the offensive line coach, has coached six all-conference linemen, four All-Americans, a Harlon Hill national finalist, and mentored All-American and NFL player Garrett Gilkey. His offensive lines have been top 3 in the RMAC in sacks allowed for five consecutive years.
Long is the 25th head football coach at CSC and the third who also played for the Eagles. Orin Weymouth and Ruffus Trapp also played and coached for Chadron State; however, a former football player hasn’t coached for the school since 1937.
Long spent three seasons as the head coach at Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., where he guided the Yellowjackets to a 15-15 record before coming to Chadron State in 2012. His overall career record, including his time at BHSU, is 39-38.
Prior to being the head coach at Black Hills State, he was an assistant coach at the school from 2003-09. During that time, he served as the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and the strength and conditioning coach. The Yellowjackets won two conference titles and appeared in the NAIA playoffs two times while Long coached the offensive line.
Long, who graduated from Chadron State College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in science, was a two-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection at center and also earned Farm Team All-American honors. He also wrestled at heavyweight and qualified for the national tournament for the Eagles.
Long and his wife, Kresi, have three children, Carson, Kaelee and Alivia.