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Last Updated 6/17/08
 
 Chuck Long

  Head Coach
  Third Season
Chuck Long

Chuck Long's road to San Diego State has been paved by success. In 25 years as both a player and coach on the collegiate and professional levels, he has built a resume that most can only dream of.
 
As a collegian at Iowa, he was the runner-up for the 1985 Heisman Trophy, throwing for over 10,000 career yards, winning the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards and leading his team to a Big Ten title and an appearance in the Rose Bowl. As a professional in the NFL, he was a first-round draft pick and spent eight seasons with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams.
 
As a coach, he won a national championship, logged five top-six finishes and made nine appearances in bowl games in 11 seasons as a collegiate assistant.
 
Long added to that already impressive list in December 2005 when he was named the 16th head coach in San Diego State football history and charged with returning the program to the national spotlight.
 
But if anyone is up for the task, it's Chuck Long, for whom success has become second nature.

Coaching Experience
- Hired as the 16th head football coach in San Diego State history on December 17, 2005.
 
- Has a national championship ring, five top-six finishes in the national polls and nine appearances in bowl games as products of an impressive 11 seasons as a collegiate assistant coach.
 
- Worked on the staffs of College Football Hall of Fame member Hayden Fry and national coach of the year Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, as well as two-time national coach of the year Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. 
 
- Spent six seasons at Oklahoma, with the final four as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Was an integral part of the Sooners' success, helping guide Oklahoma to a 67-11 record since 2000 and berths in six consecutive bowl games. 
 
- Since he arrived in Norman in December of 1999, the Sooners won a national title (2000), three Big 12 championships (2000, 2002, 2004) and four Big 12 South Division titles (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004). 

- Coached three Oklahoma players who finished in the top three of the Heisman balloting, including 2003 Heisman recipient quarterback Jason White.
 
- At Oklahoma, had eight offensive players who earned All-America accolades and 17 players who earned first-team all-conference honors.
 
- As a member of the Sooner staff, his players won a Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Memorial Award (college player of the year), Walter Camp Trophy (college player of the year), two Davey O'Brien Awards (outstanding quarterback), Outland Trophy (outstanding interior lineman), Unitas Award (outstanding senior quarterback), two Associated Press Player of the Year awards, two The Sporting News Player of the Year honors and a CBS Player of the Year accolade.
 
- Coached four NFL first-round draft picks, including three at Oklahoma and one at Iowa.
 
- Played a major role in the Sooners' and Hawkeyes' recruiting efforts, including the state of California.
 
- In 2005, helped the Sooners to a Holiday Bowl appearance and victories in five of their final six regular-season contests. Guided quarterback Rhett Bomar to freshman All-America honors, posting OU freshman bests for completions (167), passing attempts (308), completion percentage (54.2 percent) and touchdown passes (10). 
 
- A 2004 finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach. Oklahoma completed an undefeated regular season and played for the national championship.
 
- The 2004 Oklahoma offense produced the first player tandem in NCAA history to post 35 touchdowns passing and 1,800 yards rushing (Jason White and Adrian Peterson).
 
- The 2004 Oklahoma offense produced the first player tandem in NCAA history to post 35 touchdowns passing and 1,800 yards rushing (Jason White and Adrian Peterson).

- As Oklahoma's offensive coordinator, the Sooners set a Big 12 Conference record by averaging 51.5 points per game and ranked third nationally in scoring offense in 2003.

- Oklahoma posted back-to-back 12-2 campaigns in 2002 and 2003, highlighted by Jason White's Heisman Trophy and a 34-14 victory over Washington State in the 2003 Rose Bowl.

-In 2001, Sooner quarterbacks completed more than 60 percent of their passes for the third straight season (all under Long) and the passing offense ranked second in the Big 12 Conference for the second consecutive year.

- Hired in December of 1999, as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bob Stoops' staff at Oklahoma.

-Joined the Sooner staff in time for the 1999 Independence Bowl, and a year later, helped direct Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship with a perfect 13-0 record.

-Long coached All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up QB Josh Heupel in 2000, the same year OU led the nation in completion percentage (64.2 percent).

-Coaching career began at his alma mater, when he was hired by his former college coach Hayden Fry as a secondary and special teams coach in 1995.

-Iowa led the nation in interceptions returned for touchdowns (four) in 1995, while the 1997 squad led the Big Ten in interceptions (22).

- Switched to the offensive side of the ball in 1998, becoming the first quarterbacks coach in Fry's 20-year tenure at Iowa.

- The Hawkeyes advanced to bowl games in each of his first three campaigns and were ranked in the final top 25 poll in both 1995 and 1996.

- Remained on the Hawkeye staff as quarterbacks and special teams coach through the transition from Fry to Kirk Ferentz in 1999.

Playing Experience

-Starting quarterback on the 1979 Wheaton North High School team that claimed a state title. Garnered all-state honors in 1980 and was named to the all-state championship squad in 1979.

-Three-sport standout at Wheaton North in football, basketball and baseball.

- A four-year starter and consensus All-America quarterback at the University of Iowa from 1981-85.

- Guided Iowa to bowl games in each of his seasons as a starter, including a Rose Bowl berth in 1986.

-Led the Hawkeyes to the 1985 Big Ten championship and was a member of the 1981 conference-winning squad.

- Became the first player in Big Ten history to surpass 10,000 yards passing and still holds Hawkeye career records for passing yards (10,461), touchdowns (74) and completion percentage (65.0).

- As a senior in 1985, led Iowa to a No. 1 national ranking and in so doing, earned the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards. Was the Big Ten Male Athlete and football player of the year.

-Runner-up to Auburn's Bo Jackson for the Heisman Trophy in the closest finish in the history of the award in 1985.

- Inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1999.

- Taken with the 12th pick of the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. One of Iowa's three first-round selections.

- Played professionally for the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams from 1986 through 1994, logging eight seasons in the NFL.

Chuck Long Notebook

GETTING STARTED
Breaking into the coaching ranks is never easy, not even for one of the games' top players. It takes a little help from your friends and Long had two people instrumental in landing his first job in the business. Legendary Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, whom Long played for, was willing to bring his star pupil back to Iowa City in the summer of 1995, but there was one problem. The   position open was coaching the defensive secondary. To say that some on the Hawkeye staff were less than thrilled to have a former quarterback with no coaching experience, least of all instructing players on the `other' side of the ball, was an understatement. Enter current Aztec assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Bob Elliott. Elliott had just stepped down from Fry's staff and accepted a position as the director of the alumni association to concentrate on fighting cancer. Elliott placed a call to Fry and told him if he wanted Long for the job, he would work with the protégé to teach him secondary technique. Five days a week that summer the defensive wizard worked with Long teaching him proper technique. "It wasn't that hard," Elliott said. "Obviously, he already has a great defensive mind from years of having to read defenses as a quarterback. He was a very quick study." Long coached the Iowa secondary for three seasons before moving to quarterbacks coach in 1998. In his three seasons in the secondary, Iowa posted a 24-12 record and advanced to a bowl game all three years.

 
The Long File
 Hometown  Wheaton, Ill.
 High School  Wheaton North, 1981
 Education  B.A., Business Admin./Marketing
 Iowa, 1985
 Family  Wife, Lisa
 Daughter, Lindsay
 Daughter, Samantha
 Daughter, Maddy
 Son, Nathan
 Son, Zachary

 Long Numbers
 2  Chuck Long has coached two players who received Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors during his tenure as an assistant at Oklahoma.
 15  Total number of bowl games Chuck Long has appeared in as a player or coach.
 24  Oklahoma played 24 games without committing a turnover during Chuck Long's four years as the Sooner's offensive coordinator.
 74  Chuck Long set a Big Ten Conference record throwing 74 touchdown passes during his collegiate playing career at Iowa.
 601  During Chuck Long's second season as offensive coordinator in 2003, Oklahoma set a team record by exploding for 601 points.

Coaching History
 2007-08  SDSU  Head Coach
 2002-05  Oklahoma  Off. Coordinator/Quarterbacks
 1999-01  Oklahoma  Quarterbacks/Passing Coordinator
 1998-99  Iowa  Quarterbacks/Special Teams
 1995-97  Iowa  Def. Backs/Special Teams

 Coaching Ledger
 Year  School  Title  Record
 2007  San Diego State  Head Coach  4-8
 2006  San Diego State  Head Coach  3-9
 2005  Oklahoma  Off. Coord./QB's  7-4
 2004  Oklahoma  Off. Coord./QB's  12-1
 2003  Oklahoma  Off. Coord./QB's  12-2
 2002  Oklahoma  Off. Coord./QB's  12-2
 2001  Oklahoma  QB's/Pass Coord.  11-2
 2000  Oklahoma  QB's/Pass Coord.  13-0
 1999  Oklahoma  QB's/Pass Coord.  0-1
 1999  Iowa  QB's/Spec. Teams  1-10
 1998  Iowa   QB's/Spec. Teams   3-8
 1997  Iowa  Sec./Spec. Teams  7-5
 1996  Iowa   Sec./Spec. Teams    9-3
 1995  Iowa  Sec./Spec. Teams   8-4

Bowl Games as a Coach (9)
 Oklahoma
 2005  Orange Bowl
 2004  Sugar bowl
 2003  Rose Bowl
 2002  Cotton Bowl
 2001  Orange Bowl
 1999  Independence Bowl
 Iowa
 1997  Sun Bowl
 1996  Alamo Bowl
 1995  Sun Bowl

Notable Players Coached by Long
- Kevin O'Connell:  QB (SDSU), New England Patriots

- Tyler Schmitt:  LS (SDSU), Seattle Seahawks

- Chaz Schilens:  WR (SDSU), Oakland Raiders

- Brett Swain:  WR (SDSU), Green Bay Packers

- Jammal Brown:  OT (Oklahoma), New Orleans Saints, 2004 Outland Trophy winner; 2004 consensus All-American

- Mark Clayton:  WR (Oklahoma), Baltimore Ravens, First-round NFL Draft pick in 2005

- Josh Heupel:  QB (Oklahoma), AP, Walter Camp, Big 12 Player of the Year; Heisman Trophy runner-up

- Nate Hybl:  QB (Oklahoma), 2003 Rose Bowl MVP

- Davin Joseph:  G (Oklahoma), Tampa Bay Bucs, First-round NFL Draft pick in 2006

- Adrian Peterson:  RB (Oklahoma), 2004 consensus All-American; Heisman Trophy runner-up

- Jason White:  QB (Oklahoma), 2003 Heisman Trophy winner; 2004 Maxwell, O'Brien and Unitas Award

- Tom Knight:  DB (Iowa), First-round NFL Draft pick in 1997.


Playing History
 1991-94  Detroit Lions
 1990  Los Angeles Rams
 1986-89  Detroit Lions
 1981-85  Iowa

Bowl Games as a Player (5)
 Iowa
 1986  Rose Bowl
 1984  Freedom bowl
 1983  Gator Bowl
 1982  Peach Bowl
 1982  Rose Bowl

 PUTTING THE SPECIAL IN TEAMS
Make no mistake, special teams will be a priority under Chuck Long. Long, who appointed Toby Neinas as special teams' coordinator, will be in every special teams meeting. "You can win or lose a game on special teams and most upsets occur because the underdog has benefited greatly in this area." Taking it one step further, Long will make all of the special team calls. "I have already told the staff, that fourth down is my down."

VISITING THE HIGH SCHOOLS
It took less than half a year for a member of the new Aztec coaching staff to personally visit all 68 high schools in San Diego County. "Recruiting this city and this county is a priority for our staff," Long said. "There is tremendous talent in this area and our goal is to build a fence around Southern California and keep the home-grown talent here." One again this past season Long made an appearance at every high school and junior college in the county.

THE NUMBER ONE FAN
It didn't take Chuck Long to become a regular at San Diego State sporting events. The coach was a fixture at Cox Arena watching the men's and women's basketball teams.

Later in the spring, Long could be seen watching the MWC championship softball squad and Tony Gwynn's baseball team as well as other Aztec sports.

"One sport can create momentum for another sport on campus," Long said. "I put up a picture on the bulletin board of the men's basketball team winning the conference championship. Whenever you have a winning example on campus you want to use that so they see what it feels like and looks like to win. Our players walk around campus and see how winning energizes the community."

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RING
Prior to the press conference to announce his hiring, Chuck Long met with the Aztec team for the first time. He opened that encounter by passing his 2000 national championship ring around the room. "I was showing them what you get when you win," Long said. "They passed it around, touched it and tried it on. I said that everything we do from now on is it to try and get one of these for you. I want them to have a great experience and winning is part of that."

GIVING BACK
Chuck Long has always believed in giving back to the community. It's a philosophy that began close to home. "My brother has cerebral palsy and so I have always been heavily involved in Special Olympics wherever I have been." Once again this year Long and several of his players volunteered for the Special Olympics. In addition to speaking at the opening ceremonies held on the SDSU campus, the Aztec head coach also served as an official for several events. "It is important to me that our student-athletes are great members of the community when they leave San Diego State. One area where we concentrate our efforts is in community service and that starts with the coaching staff setting the example. Our team looks forward to these events." In addition, the coach still lends his name and celebrity to the Chuck Long Charity Auction to benefit the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. Despite having left the state, Long still returns to the Iowa-Illinois border every March to host an auction to benefit the charity. Long's wife serves on the board for a center that helps abused family members in Oklahoma. The couple plan to expand their roles in San Diego area charities as time goes on.