Mike Long coached the Florida State track and field team for 23 years and his remarkable success made the choice to name the track after him an easy one. During his tenure, FSU posted a record of 131 wins and 32 losses. Five times in his 23 years, Long’s teams were undefeated and on six other occasions Florida State lost just one meet. From 1955 to 1977, Mike Long made the Seminoles one of the strongest track and field powers in the South. Fourteen FSU tracksters won All-America honors during his tenure. In addition, four of Coach Long’s sons competed for FSU and one, Terry, went on to long-time success as the FSU track and field coach. In his final year, Long led the Tribe to an overwhelming Metro Conference team championship. He also coached the ends under football coach Tom Nugent from 1953-55. He is largely responsible for making the Florida State program and facility among the best in the nation.