Casey Long joined Chattanooga’s basketball staff on June 4, 2012. He was retained by Will Wade as the first member of his staff due to his relationships on and off the court with the squad as well as in the community.
Wade calls Long the “Mayor” because of the sheer volume of people Casey has connected with and engaged in the Chattanooga community.
“It’s hard to go anywhere in this city with Casey and not come across someone who knows him,” said Wade. “He has that kind of personality and spirit that draws people to him. It shows in the tremendous relationships he has built with the student-athletes. It was really a no-brainer keeping him on staff.”
Long starred for four years for the Mocs. His career began the 2003-04 season and spanned through 2006-07. During that time, his Mocs squads won 73 games as he started 102 of 125 games played.
His play at the one was pivotal in Chattanooga breaking a seven-year drought winning the 2005 Southern Conference Championship. He helped lead the Mocs to a three-point halftime lead over Wake Forest at the Albuquerque Regional before falling 70-54 to the Demon Deacons.
Casey is the only UTC student-athlete to record 1,000 points, 450 rebounds and 350 assists in his career. He scored 1,043 while grabbing 499 boards and dishing out 386 dimes as the Mocs played in the SoCon Championship game in three of his four seasons.
Long excelled in the classroom as well. He won the Athletic Academic Award for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average and was a Vocational Honor Student and was recipient of the Principal’s Award.
He earned his degree in Political Science (American Studies) from UTC upon completion of his eligibility. Twice he tallied Athletic Director’s Honor Roll mention. He is married to the former Co’chea Rivera. The couple has a daughter, Catalina.