Long will return to Springfield College, where she earned a Master’s degree in sport management in 1997. During her two-year stint at Springfield College, Long served as the graduate assistant of the women’s volleyball program (under Joel Dearing, whom she is replacing), and acted as the interim head coach in the spring of 1997.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Moira’s caliber as our women’s head volleyball coach,” said Dr. Schweitzer. “Moira will bring a great deal of experience, passion and leadership to the program. She has a proven track record of success, both on and off the court, and is the perfect person to continue building this program. We welcome her back to the Pride family.”
“I am really excited about returning to Springfield College, a place where I built both my teaching and coaching philosophy,” said Long. “I was so impressed with the student-athletes who I met on campus and the administration has been so welcoming. I am looking forward to taking over one of the premier programs in New England, one with such a terrific tradition, while also putting my own stamp on it.”
For the past 13 seasons, Long had guided Plymouth State’s women’s volleyball program towards becoming one of the top programs in New England. She led the Panthers to nine post-season berths, including a trip to the NCAA Championships in 2004 when they won their first ever Little East Conference title. During her time at Plymouth State, Long owned an overall record of 301-156, good for a .658 winning percentage. Her teams totaled at least 20 wins in 10 of her seasons, including a record-setting year in 2009 when the Panthers went 32-6.
Long held several other roles in addition to coaching the Panthers during her tenure at Plymouth State. She served as a health and human performance instructor, teaching several physical education concepts and skills courses. From 1998-2008, Long was the Senior Women’s Administrator, Compliance Coordinator, and Academic Advisor for the Plymouth State Department of Athletics. In that capacity, she was responsible for compliance, budgeting, personnel, academic advising, and scheduling.
Long has previously served as President of the New England Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association (2005-07), as well as acted as the chair of the NCAA Division III Regional Volleyball Committee (2004-08) and vice-chair of the NCAA National Volleyball Committee (2005-07). She then moved up to chair the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball National Committee (2007-08).
A four-year starter in volleyball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Long earned her bachelor’s degree in political science there in 1994. After her two-year stint at Springfield College, she spent one year at Dickinson College as head coach of volleyball and softball (1997-98) before heading to Plymouth State.
Dearing last month announced his resignation after 22 years in order to accept a full-time faculty position in the Springfield College athletic department where he will teach in the athletic administration program.
Springfield College finished last season with a 31-5 overall record where it advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship, falling just one win shy of reaching the Elite Eight. The Pride will open up the 2011 season on September 2 when it hosts the Springfield College Invitational.