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May 31, 2011

Women’s Volleyball coach leaving PSU after 13 years

Moira Long to return to Springfield as head coach

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After 13 years as women’s volleyball coach at Plymouth State University, Moira Long has announced her resignation to become the head coach at one of her alma maters and where her coaching career began, Springfield College.

            Long leaves PSU after a highly-successful stint, which included 13 straight winning seasons, post-season berths the past nine years, and an overall record of 301-156.  She led the Panthers to the Little East Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2004, and guided the team to the ECAC Tournament Championship in 2008.  She returns to Springfield, where she earned her Master’s degree and served as a graduate assistant and interim head coach in 1996-97.

   
  Moira Long

            “In the 13 years I have been at PSU we have created a strong foundation of love and passion for volleyball and created a team culture I am very proud of,” said Long. “That is in large part to the past and current players that I have had the privilege to get to know and coach. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had at PSU. However, I am most grateful for the support I have received from the administration, students, families and friends of PSU Volleyball. I will forever keep PSU Volleyball in my heart. “

            Long took over the Plymouth State women’s volleyball program in 1998, just its third year as a varsity sport.  PSU made its first appearance in the regional rankings under Long in 2000, earned its initial post-season berth in the ECAC Championships in 2002, and has earned a post-season berth every year since.  Long was voted Little East Conference Coach of the Year in 2002.

            A native of Billerica, Mass., Long was a four-year starter at Marist College.  While earning her Masters degree in Sport Management at Springfield College, she was a graduate assistant in 1996 and interim head coach in the spring of 1997.  She also coached the men’s club volleyball program at Western New England College from 1995-96, and spent one season (1997) at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., as head coach of volleyball and softball.

            “Moira has been very successful as our women’s volleyball coach, building the program almost from the ground up,” said PSU athletic director John Clark.  “We want to thank her for all of her efforts on behalf of our student-athletes, and give her our best wishes in her new position.  We know how special Springfield is to Moira and her family, and we will all be following the success of the Springfield volleyball program in the years to come.”

            Clark also announced that due to the timing of this change, PSU will hire a part-time interim head women’s volleyball coach for the 2011 season. 

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