Saturday, May 18, 2013

Queens' Long headed to Chattanooga

Wes Long, who had a 75-66 record in five season as men’s basketball coach at Queens, is leaving the Royals to become an assistant at Chattanooga.
Long, 32, who has spent his entire career at Queens as either an assistant or head coach, will join new coach Will Wade with the Mocs. A walk-on basketball player at Clemson, Long came to Queens in 2004 as an assistant before getting the head-coaching job in 2008. His Royals teams won the Conference Carolinas regular-season championships in 2011 and ’12 (playing in the NCAA tournament in ’12).
Long is leaving Queens at a time when the school is opening a new arena for next season. Scott Taylor, a long-time assistant of Long’s, could be a candidate to replace him.
“Queens is a good job and getting better,” said Long. “I wasn’t dying to get a Division I job. But I think it’s the right opportunity at the right place with the right guy to do it. It’s a perfect opportunity with a guy I know and trust.”
Long and Wade, a former assistant at Virginia Commonwealth, attended Clemson together.
“I am very excited to announce Wes is joining our family,” Wade said in a statement. “He did a tremendous job leading the program at Queens, and we have kept in close contact over the years. I know we share a vision about the all-around student-athlete experience – academically, athletically and socially. He is an outstanding addition.” -- David Scott