ROCKY LONG Last Updated 7/12/17
Head Coach
Ninth Season at San Diego State; Seventh as Head Coach

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Rocky Long
  • Was named the 18th head coach in Aztec football history in January 2011 and became the first San Diego State head coach to lead the team to a bowl game in his debut campaign.
  • Long has amassed the most victories of any Mountain West head coach since the league's inception in 1999.
  • In 2016, guided MW-champion SDSU to its fourth 11-win campaign in program history, accomplished consecutively for the first time in program history. SDSU won its second-straight bowl game for the first time in the Division I era. Long's three bowl game victories are the most in SDSU's Division I era.
  • Was the Mountain West Coach of the Year for the third time in 2015. Long commandeered an Aztec team that won its final 10 games of the season en route to an 11-3 mark, the program's first 11-win season since 1969. SDSU produced an 8-0 record in MW play, the 20th conference championship in program history and a win over Cincinnati in the Hawai'i Bowl.
  • Since his arrival on The Mesa, 15 Aztecs have been chosen in the NFL Draft, including three in 2017, which tied for the most by a Group of 5 school and the most for SDSU since 2013.
  • San Diego State had at least one player selected in each NFL Draft from 2011-15.
  • Came to San Diego State to be the team's defensive coordinator in December 2008.
  • Arrived at SDSU after serving as head coach at New Mexico from 1998-2008. He was tabbed the league's coach of the year in 2002.
  • Compiled a UNM-record 65 victories and led the Lobos to five bowl game appearances in his final seven seasons. His teams were bowl eligible in seven of his last eight campaigns.
  • In his final nine seasons in Albuquerque, Long's defensive units ranked among the top 30 in fewest yards allowed six times and among the top 40 against the rush every year. In both 2001 and 2003, New Mexico's defense ranked fifth nationally in fewest rushing yards allowed per game.
  • Prior to accepting the head coaching position at New Mexico, he served as defensive coordinator for 12 seasons at three different schools. He was the defensive coordinator for two years under Bob Toledo at UCLA in 1996-97, for five seasons at Oregon State from 1991-95, and for five campaigns at Wyoming from 1981-85.
  • Also served as an assistant coach at TCU, with the CFL's British Columbia Lions and started his career at New Mexico as a graduate assistant coach in 1972.
  • Originally a defensive back, Long became a three-year starter at quarterback for the Lobos from 1969-71. He earned the team's most-valuable-player honors three times and was the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
  • Long played professionally in the CFL with British Columbia in 1972-73 and 1975-76. He also competed in the World Football League with the Detroit Wheels in 1974. 
  • Attended Alta Loma High School in Alta Loma, Calif.


  • He is a 1974 graduate of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Long was a three-time academic all-conference pick and received the WAC Scholar-Athlete Award in 1970.


  • Long and his wife, Debby, have two daughters, Roxanne and Hannah.
  • Both of Long's daughters were Division I student-athletes and have coaching ties. In her first season as the head women's volleyball coach at Division II Queens University, Hannah led the Royals to the program's first NCAA Sweet Sixteen. She was a five-time conference coach of the year honoree at Division III Southwestern University as its winningest women's volleyball coach (.794). Collegiately, she was a two-sports athlete at Portland State. Roxanne, who played collegiately at Oklahoma, was a successful basketball coach at Rogers State, before stepping down to pursue her Ph.D.

Hometown Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School Alta Loma, 1968
College New Mexico, 1974
Family Wife, Debby
Daughter, Roxanne
Daughter, Hannah
Year Team Title
2011-16 San Diego State Head Coach (also Def. Coord. 2011-16)
2009-10 San Diego State Def. Coord.
1998-08 New Mexico Head Coach
1996-97 UCLA Def. Coord.
1991-95 Oregon State Def. Coord.
1988-90 TCU Sec. Coach
1986-87 CFL's B.C. LB's
1981-85 Wyoming Def. Coord./Sec.
1979-80 New Mexico Sec. Coach
1978 New Mexico Off. Backfield Coach
1974-75 Albuquerque
Eldorado High
Assist. Coach
Boys' Bball Coach
1972-73 New Mexico Graduate Assis.
San Diego State
2016 Las Vegas Bowl
2015 Hawai'i Bowl
2014 Poinsettia Bowl
2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2012 Poinsettia Bowl
2011 New Orleans Bowl
2010 Poinsettia Bowl
New Mexico
2007 New Mexico Bowl
2006 New Mexico Bowl
2004 Emerald Bowl
2003 Las Vegas Bowl
2002 Las Vegas Bowl
1997 Cotton Bowl
Year School Title Record
2016 San Diego State Head Coach 11-3
2015 San Diego State Head Coach 11-3
2014 San Diego State Head Coach 7-6
2013 San Diego State Head Coach 8-5
2012 San Diego State Head Coach 9-4
2011 San Diego State Head Coach 8-5
2010 San Diego State Def. Coord. 9-4
2009 San Diego State Def. Coord. 4-8
2008 New Mexico Head Coach 4-8
2007 New Mexico Head Coach 9-4
2006 New Mexico Head Coach 6-7
2005 New Mexico Head Coach 6-5
2004 New Mexico Head Coach 7-5
2003 New Mexico Head Coach 8-5
2002 New Mexico Head Coach 7-7
2001 New Mexico Head Coach 6-5
2000 New Mexico Head Coach 5-7
1999 New Mexico Head Coach 4-7
1998 New Mexico Head Coach 3-9
1997 UCLA Def. Coord. 10-2
1996 UCLA Def. Coord. 5-6
1995 Oregon State Def. Coord. 1-10
1994 Oregon State Def. Coord. 4-7
1993 Oregon State Def. Coord. 4-7
1992 Oregon State Def. Coord. 1-9
1991 Oregon State Def. Coord 1-10
1990 TCU Sec. Coach 5-6
1989 TCU Sec. Coach 4-7
1988 TCU Sec. Coach 4-7
1987 CFL's B.C. LB's Coach 12-6
1986 CFL's B.C. LB's Coach 12-6
1985 Wyoming Def. Coord./Sec. 3-8
1984 Wyoming Def. Coord./Sec. 6-6
1983 Wyoming Def. Coord./Sec. 7-5
1982 Wyoming Def. Coord./Sec. 5-7
1981 Wyoming Def. Coord./Sec. 8-3
1980 New Mexico Sec. Coach 4-7
1979 New Mexico Sec. Coach 6-6
1978 New Mexico Off. Backfield Coach 7-5
Playing History
Year School Record
1969 New Mexico 4-6
1970 New Mexico 7-3
1971 New Mexico 6-3-2
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