Long Time Official Bill Long Dies

Screen-Shot-2014-11-28-at-7-56-10-AM.pngLong time official and overal supporter of the sport of track & field Bill Long died on Friday, November 21.  He was 92 years old.
Long was the reciepant of the USATF National Officials Chair award in 2001.  
"Bill was USATF Virginia's first  Official's Certification Chair and served for a long time educating you officials who in turned helped our sport," offered Jim Holdren USATF president.  "He was a mentor to me and thousands of others."
He was an administrator at Douglas Freeman High School  from 1954 - 1989.  While at Freeman he served as the school's athletic director, and coached football, basketball and track & field. He was 109-36-9 as football coach, including a state title in 1967. His basketball teams won nearly 60 percent of their games, and his track squads were victorious in 90 percent of their dual meets and won eleven consecutive district championships.
After retiring from Freeman in 1989 he joined the  football coaching staff at the University of Richmond.   He is a member of the Virginia High School League Sports Hall of Fame, the Douglas Freeman Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Richmond Sports Hall of Fame. 
Long was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and made several parachute jumps into German-occupied territory.
"Coach Long was a tremendous track & field coach and resource...and a huge part of the USATF-Virginia community for many, many years," reflected Steve Taylor University of Richmond head cross country coach
Long is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lillian.  A graveside service was held at Greenwood Memorial Park in Henrico County Tuesday Nov. 25.  On Dec. 1, there will be a visitation from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Parham Road Chapel of Woody’s Funeral Home. A Mass will be held at St. Bridget’s Church on Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.
Richmond Times Article on Bill Long - click here
University of Richmond Hall of Fame article  - click here