SENATOBIA, Miss. (WTVA/NWCC Athletics) - Fulton native Jake Long, 26, has been hired for the newly-created Athletic Academic Coordinator position at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Long comes to Northwest after one season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Mercer University under head coach Craig Gibson. During his time with the Bears, the team went 38-17 overall and 18-9 in the Atlantic Sun, placing second in the conference. Among his many duties, he handled player class scheduling, monitored attendance, coordinated travel and assisted as academic advisor for their student-athletes.
Prior to his stint at Mercer, he also coached the Marion Bobcats of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate League in 2013. He was responsible for securing housing and host families for all players and was in charge of assembling his roster, which he completed by recruiting players from 10 states across the country.
Long is also no stranger to the MACJC, serving as assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 2011-13. While at MGCCC, Long helped the Bulldogs to an 81-64 overall record and a pair of MACJC State Tournament appearances. He also handled player class scheduling, implemented and oversaw a team study hall program, monitored class attendance and helped MGCCC reach a 98 percent graduation rate among its baseball players.
Long graduated from the University of Alabama, earning his bachelor's degree in consumer affairs in 2010 and his masters' degree in human environmental services in 2012. He was a team manager for the baseball program at UA from 2007-10, assisting with team travel, meals, equipment and field operations.
Also while at UA, he was an assistant coach for the Wareham Gateman in the Cape Cod League from 2008-10. He served as a logistical coordinator between organizational staff and players, organized meals and travel, handled day-to-day event promotions and assisted with recruitment of sponsors and community activities.