Joe Long enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Philadelphia University softball team in 2015, and his eighth overall with the program.
In three seasons with the Rams, Long owns a record of 57-77 and led the team to consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014.
The 2014 season was the team’s most successful season with Long at the helm as the Rams posted a 25-16 overall record—one win shy of the school record—went 15-11 against the CACC, and reached the conference tournament. Centerfielder Samantha Riabko was named to the Daktronics All-East Region second team and the CACC first team. Second baseman Meaghan Lewis and utility player Renee Kakareka were tabbed for the CACC second team.
Philadelphia had 19 wins in 2013, a six-win improvement over Long’s first season as head coach, and made the CACC Tournament for the first time since 2010.
In the classroom, seven Rams have earned CACC Spring All-Academic Team recognition, including three-time honoree Riabko.
Before taking the reigns of the program, Long served as an assistant coach for four seasons. During his time as an assistant, the team went 83-92 overall, including a 53-47 mark against the conference. The Rams made consecutive appearances in the CACC Tournament in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Philadelphia won a program record 26 games.
Prior to his time at Philadelphia University, Long has been the head coach at Rosemont (2006-09) and the University of the Sciences (2002-05). At USciences, Long helped Megan Trimble earn the 2004 CACC player of the year award.
As a travel softball coach, Long has taken his teams around the world to play in tournaments in Australia, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Belgium.
Long, a Bala Cynwyd native, has a bachelor of arts in archaeology/anthropology from Franklin Pierce University and a master of sciences in secondary education from St. Joseph’s University.