June 3, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the second consecutive year and fourth time in his career, Florida State track and field head coach Terry Long was named the South Region Men’s Coach of the Year by the US Track and Field Coaches Association. Long, who was honored as the Men’s South Region Indoor Coach of the Year in March, will be honored June 9 in Sacramento, Calif. at the Mondo Coaches Banquet at Sacramento State University, site of the 2003 NCAA Outdoor National Championships.
Long, in his 19th year with the track and field team, will retire from coaching at the end of the season after 15 years of service as the head man at Florida State. He has received Coach of the Year accolades six times since joining the ACC in 1992. He won the award for both the men’s and women’s outdoor track team in 2000 and again with the men in 2002 and 2003. Long has also collected two men’s indoor Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and 2003. In 1995, he received the NCAA District III Coach of the Year award.
With Long at the helm of the track and field program, the Seminoles have won five ACC titles. Long led the men’s squad to an indoor team title in 1994 and again in 2003, as well as back-to-back outdoor titles in 2002 and 2003. He also led the women’s team to conference outdoor championship in 2000.
Long will put an end to an illustrious career at Florida State University when he guides 14 athletes to compete at this year’s NCAA National Championships, June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.