Women’s Hoops Adds CSU’s Long as Assistant Coach
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball program added a key-component to its coaching staff Wednesday, announcing Kelvin Long as the team’s new assistant coach.
“This is a great opportunity to come to the College of Charleston,” Long said. “To have the opportunity to connect with a rising star like Coach Jackson and continue to build on what she’s already done from season to season is thrilling. I’m so excited to be here.”
Long is well-accustomed to life in the Lowcountry, having spent the last two seasons at cross-town rival Charleston Southern as an assistant coach in Fred Applin’s system. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Long will serve CofC as its recruiting coordinator.
“Kelvin is somebody I had the opportunity to meet and talk to on the road, and he came off as very personable and respectful,” head coach Candice M. Jackson said. “He has a good, inquisitive mind about the game, and he’s known regionally as a very good recruiter. We gain a great personality and a dedicated family man. Kelvin gives us a different and deeper reach in our recruiting efforts, and he’ll be able to really help us develop our guards. We’re excited to have him here.”
Prior to CSU, Long accrued five years experience as a women’s basketball assistant in the Atlantic Sun Conference, having spent the 2012-13 season at Kennesaw State University and the four years leading up to that at East Tennessee State. As a member of ETSU, Long helped guide the Buccaneers to three straight conference titles (08, 09, 10) by way of a 56-22 (.718) clip against conference opponents, and also picked up the 2010 regular season championship.
Under Long's tutelage, ETSU's guards Siarre Evans and TaRonda Wiles were named A-Sun Conference Co-Players of the Year in 2010. The pair also was tabbed unanimous First Team All-Conference selections, and selected to the A-Sun All-Tournament team after the Buccaneers captured the tournament title. Evans won the A-Sun scoring and rebounding titles in 2008-09 en route to becoming Conference Player of the Year and a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm Coaches' All-American finalist.
Long also mentored Destiny Mitchell, a two-time second team All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection. As a sophomore, Mitchell led East Tennessee State in scoring (12.2 PPG), rebounds (8.9 RPG) and steals (41).
A Knoxville, Tenn., Long received his master's degree in sport management from ETSU in December, 2010, and his undergraduate degree from Tennessee in May, 2004. Long is married to the former Sharon Dunn and the couple has a daughter, Nakiya.