At the June 24th USD 298 Lincoln Board of Education meeting, Don Long was approved as the new head football coach at Lincoln High School. Long replaces Garry Lowry, who left in early May, and is now at Beloit High School as the head girls basketball coach.
Long comes to Lincoln from Saline County most recently, as he was the head coach of the Southeast of Saline Wrestling program this past school year. Originally from Strasburg, CO, Long came to Kansas to play football in the 80’s at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina. He spent 2 seasons after that as an assistant at KWU. His first high school job was at St. John’s in Beloit in 1991. After a year there, he went on to Ellis for 14 years. Long was a head wrestling coach in the state of Kansas for many years, including stints at Ellis, Holcomb and St. John’s Military as well as the previously noted stop at Southeast of Saline, with the bulk of that time being in Ellis from 1992-2006. He was also the junior high football coach at Solomon last year and in 2013 was the linebackers coach for the Salina Bombers semi-pro indoor football team. The Lincoln job is the first high school head coaching job for Long in football.
KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 Sports was able to talk to Long about the new position. He gave his thoughts on why he took the Lincoln job.
Long inherits a team that had their second best 8-Man season in school history last season, going 6-3. The Leopards will need to replace eight seniors from last season’s team, including 8-Man All-Stars Zac Walter and Matt Davied. Walter was a do everything QB that ran for over 4,400 yards in his career and threw for another 3,400-plus. Long evaluated what he does have returning for 2016.
In addition to being the head football coach at Lincoln High, Long will also teach Physical Education and Weight Training.