In 2012, Long led the team to another impressive season returning to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. Tessa Smolinski earned AVCA All-America Second Team honors to lead Springfield to the NCAA Regional Semifinals.
Long's first season will be regarded as one of the finest in program history. The NEWMAC Coach of the Year led the Pride to 21-straight wins to start the season before Springfield eventually won both the NEWMAC Championship and the NCAA Regional Championship in Blake Arena. The Pride finished the season ranked 13th in the nation with a 34-3 record, and was a perfect 17-0 at home.
Long returned 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, and acted as the interim head coach in the spring of 1997.
For the previous 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.