ROCKY LONG Last Updated 5/12/16
Head Coach
Eighth Season at San Diego State; Sixth 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 also amassed the most victories of any Mountain West head coach since the league's inception in 1999.
  • Guided San Diego State to an 8-5 record in 2011, 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.
  • In 2011, 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.
  • Helped three players garner All-America honors in 2011, 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 a record seven Aztecs to receive first-team all-Mountain West recognition.
  • During the 2011 campaign, SDSU also 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).
  • Was named Mountain West Coach of the Year for the second time in his career in 2012 after guiding the Aztecs a 9-4 record and their first conference championship since 1998. SDSU also set a school record with its third consecutive bowl appearance.
  • In 2012, the Aztecs topped the league in rushing defense (133.5 ypg), vaulting to the 28th spot in the national rankings after finishing 78th in that category in 2011.
  • In 2013, Long directed SDSU to an unprecedented fourth straight postseason appearance, capped by an impressive 49-24 victory over Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. With Long at the controls, the 2013 Aztecs became just the 19th team out of 488 from 1980-2013 to advance to a bowl game after starting the season with an 0-3 record. The gritty SDSU squad flashed its mettle down the stretch, rallying from fourth-quarter deficits in five games and led the FBS division with three victories when trailing by 14 or more points.
  • In 2014, San Diego State advanced to its fifth straight bowl game and finished in a tie for first in the Western Division of the Mountain West. The Aztecs finished in the top 20 nationally in early every defensive category, including scoring defense (13th) and total defense (16th). Additionally, SDSU was perfect 6-0 at home during the regular season.
  • After opening the 2015 season with a 1-3 mark, SDSU ran the gamut with 10 straight wins and a blemish-free 8-0 mark against MW opponents. San Diego State earned its second Mountain West title since 2012, its first outright league championship since 1969 and the 20th conference crown in program history with a win in the MW Championship game against Air Force. The Aztecs matched a school record with their first 11-win campaign since 1969, defeating Cincinnati in the Hawai'i Bowl, 42-7, marking their sixth consecutive bowl game appearance.
  • Under his guidance, a total of 10 Aztecs have been chosen in the NFL Draft over the past four years, including offensive lineman Terry Poole (fourth round) in May 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 MW-high 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 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 have head coaching experience at the university level. From 2012-14, Roxanne was 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, was named the head volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. in April 2016. She served in the same role at Southwestern University, an NCAA Division III school in Georgetown, Texas for 12 seasons, earning five conference coach of the year nods as the program's winningest coach (.794).

    Hometown Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
    High School Alta Loma, 1968
    College New Mexico, 1974
    Family Wife, Debby
    Daughter, Roxanne
    Daughter, Hannah
    Year Team Title
    2011-15 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 (12)
    San Diego State
    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
    Coaching Ledger
    Year School Title Record
    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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