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ROCKY LONG Last Updated 8/15/12
Head Coach
Fifth Season at San Diego State; Third as Head Coach

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Rocky Long
  • Became the 18th head coach in Aztec football history in January 2011, and went on to take the squad to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in the program's Division I history. Long is also the first SDSU head coach to lead the team to a bowl game in his debut season.
  • Guided San Diego State to an 8-5 record, the program's best mark in a coach's inaugural season since 1986. The eight victories are tied for second in school history by a first-year head coach.
  • Led the Aztecs to their first 3-0 start in 30 years, highlighted by a 42-24 victory over Washington State, which snapped a 19-game losing streak vs. Pac-10/12 foes and a 23-game skid against schools from automatic BCS qualifying conferences.
  • In 2011, helped three players garner All-America honors, including running back Ronnie Hillman, who was a third-team pick by the Associated Press, tight end Gavin Escobar and cornerback Larry Parker. The trio was among the record seven Aztecs named firstteam all-Mountain West.
  • In Long's first season, SDSU led the league in turnover margin (0.92/g), sacks (2.23/g), tackles for loss (6.54/g), sacks allowed (0.85/g) and fewest penalties (41.1 ypg.).
  • With his guidance, four Aztecs were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, including running back Ronnie Hillman (third round), linebacker Miles Burris (fourth), quarterback Ryan Lindley (sixth) and defensive lineman Jerome Long (seventh). The four picks tie as the program's most overall since 1988.
  • Came to San Diego State to be the team's defensive coordinator in December 2008. In his first year, he helped improve defensive marks in points allowed, first downs, rushing, total defense, third-down conversion percentage, fourth-down conversion percentage, sacks, interceptions and red-zone conversion percentage, among other categories.
  • In his second campaign, he was part of the coaching staff that helped the Aztecs make their first postseason appearance and log their first winning record in 12 years.
  • Came to SDSU after serving as head coach at New Mexico from 1998-2008, where he amassed the most victories of any Mountain West head coach in the conference's history, prior to 2010. He was tabbed the league's coach of the year in 2002.
  • Compiled a New Mexico-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.
  • While at New Mexico, he coached 13 players selected in the NFL Draft, 10 players who earned All-America honors and had a MWChigh 34 first-team all-conference selections since 2003.
  • 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 team 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 are head coaches at the university level. Roxanne was hired this July as the head women's basketball coach at Rogers State University (NAIA) in Claremore, Okla., after four years in the same position at Texas Lutheran (NCAA Division III). Hannah, meanwhile, is the head volleyball coach at Southwestern University, an NCAA Division III school in Georgetown, Texas. She is a four-time conference coach of the year and this past season led the Pirates to the NCAA regional semifinals and a 30-4 overall record.

    Hometown Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
    High School Alta Loma, 1968
    College New Mexico, 1974
    Family Wife, Debby
    Daughter, Roxanne
    Daughter, Hannah
    Year Team Title
    2011-13 San Diego State Head Coach/Def. Coord
    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
    Boy's Bball Coach
    1972-73 New Mexico Graduate Assis.
    Bowl Games as a Coach (7)
    San Diego State
    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
    Coaching Ledger
    Year School Title Record
    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