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Head Football Coach Jay Long has just completed his seventh season leading Chadron State's football program back to prominence, going 7-3 and finishing with votes in the national coaches’ poll and a regional top-10 ranking for the first time since 2013.

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. Now with the foundation laid, Long and the Eagles look to build on the success of the past while ushering in a new era of program history.

From its inception, Long has been one of the college's foremost leaders in the rebirth of Elliott Field at Don Beebe Stadium, as a part of the CSC Sports Complex project still in the funding phase. It is the first comprehensive renovation of the stadium since it was built in 1929. The newly renovated facility opened just in time for the fall 2018 football season.

During Long's coaching tenure the Chadron State program has seen seven All-America selections, nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, numerous All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and All-Region awards, one Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist, and the first NFL draft pick, that CSC has produced since 1989.

Thanks in part to Coach Long, CSC has produced at least one All-RMAC First Team selection each season since the college joined the league as a full member in 1992. The Eagles are the only RMAC program to do so.

Long's teams have been nationally relevant, even playing competitively against several NCAA Division I FCS opponents. In 2013 his squad received an invitation to play under the lights at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Another hallmark of his tenure is the offensive line play. With Long mentoring the men in the trenches, his teams have finished in the top three in the RMAC each season since 2013 for fewest sacks allowed, leading the league three times. They have led the conference in rushing offense twice. Under coach Long, CSC has three All-America offensive linement and 10 All-RMAC offensive linemen including four First Teamers. In 2013, the Cleveland Browns selected offensive guard Garrett Gilkey with their seventh pick in the NFL draft.

Among the other highlights of the Coach Long era: 

  • CSC had the No. 1 third-down conversion percentage in the nation in 2013, along with the league's best rushing offense and fewest sacks allowed 
  • The team led the conference for the second consecutive season in sacks allowed and third-down conversions in 2014, had the best net kickoff average, and was second in scoring average 
  • The 2015 team again led the league in kickoff coverage and had the second best pass defense. 
  • The Eagles were the top passing defense in the RMAC, allowing only 179.5 yards per game through the air in 2016 
  • In 2017 the team led the RMAC in kickoff return average, net punting, opponent fourth-down percentage, and were second in sacks produced and red zone defense 
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 Yellow Jackets through the transition from the NAIA to the NCAA with a 15-15 record before coming to Chadron State in 2012. His overall career record, including his time at BHSU, is 54-43. Due to sanctions imposed on Chadron State College by the NCAA, for infractions not linked to his tenure, the NCAA does not recognize nine of his wins from 2012.

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.