CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball program is bringing a familiar face back to the bench in Casey Long (2004-07) Head Coach John Shulman announced Monday. Long is taking the assistant coaching position that opened with Rick Cabrera's departure to a similar position at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech.
Casey started 102 of 125 career appearances at Chattanooga. He accumulated 1,043 points, 499 rebounds and 386 assists. His Mocs teams won 73 games during his career with a Southern Conference Championship.
"Casey is a winner and a great leader," Shulman stated. "I am as excited about having Casey join our staff as I would be to sign another player. He will help us return to Chattanooga Basketball."
Long was a major cog in the Mocs return to the NCAA Tournament. His teams played in the SoCon Championship Game three of his four seasons winning in 2005.
With him starting at point guard, UTC led Wake Forest by three at the half of the Albuquerque Regional before losing 70-54 in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the program's ninth appearance but first in eight years.
This will be Long's first coaching position. A native of Leesville, La., he graduated from UTC with a degree in political science.
SHULMAN ON CASEY LONG:
"Casey is a Chattanooga guy. He went to school here, he won a championship here...he is a Moc. Casey loves the city, he is invested here.
"He knows who we are and how we want to play. He's been there, done that and at a high level of success. That will serve him well working with our current players and in recruiting future Mocs.
"Casey is a great example of who we are trying to recruit as a four-year guy. We are invested in recruiting just the high school ranks and he is one of our best since we've been here.
"He was a coach on the floor when he was here. He will be an asset on the bench, in practice and in mentoring our student-athletes."GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/GoMocs. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.