Coaching the South squad will be Maryville (Tenn.) College Head Coach Tony Ierulli and his staff.
The 7 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 3 will be broadcast live on Direct TV's America One Network as well as on the Fox College Sports Network, Channel 265, for Comcast subscribers. It will also be streamed live and archived over the internet by www.knoxivi.com.
"This is quite an honor for the Springfield College staff," said DeLong, who recently completed his 27th year at Springfield College and his 29th year overall as a Division III head football coach. "We look forward to coaching some of the finest football talent our division has to offer."
DeLong is considered one of the top coaches in the nation. He is among the top 10 winningest active coaches nationally in Division III, with 171 victories. That total makes him the active leader among Division III coaches in New England.
Known for his multipurpose offense, DeLong will provide a varied offensive attack in the Senior Classic. "We plan to use all kinds of things," said DeLong.
Two of SC's best, John Carlson and Ken Goodwin, have been selected to play in the game itself. An offensive tackle from Cromwell, Conn., Carlson was selected First Team All-New England Division II/III as a junior. He was considered the Pride's top offensive lineman the past two seasons. An inside linebacker from Foxboro, Mass., Goodwin led his team in tackles and interceptions this past season. He was selected First Team All-Empire 8 and First Team All-New England Division II/III as a senior.
The Springfield College staff is coming off another strong year. The Pride went 9-2 overall this season, and 3-2 in the competitve Empire 8 Conference. The season marked just the sixth in Springfield College history in which it had recorded as many as nine victories in one year.
Besides DeLong, the Springfield College staff includes offensive coordinator Mike Cerasuolo, defensive coordinator Jack Holik, and assistant coaches Thomas Adams (DBs), Doug Borsari (DEs), Tim Brouillard (HBs), Tom Caporale (OLBs), Jameson Croall (FBs), Kevin Fessette (ILBs), Joe Harasymiak (QBs), Jason MacDonald (OLs), Greg Webster (WRs), and Eric Yuen (DTs). Holik just completed his 30th year as an assistant at the College, Cerasuolo his 10th.
Annually the Pride is among the nation's leaders in rushing offense.
Players and staff will report to Salem, Va. on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The city of Salem and the Division III Executive Committee both agreed to move the game to Friday evening to add fan interest and excitement to the game. It will provide a trial run for the potential of having the game played in conjunction with the NCAA Division III title game in 2011.