Alderson-Broaddus College has announced the promotion of longtime employee and alumnus JD Long. The successful softball coach has agreed to step up to the plate and assume the responsibility as the chairperson of the health, human performance and recreation department.
This department is part of the education and special program division and houses majors in sport management and therapeutic recreation. Long's promotion is effective Sunday.
"It is exciting to have JD's expertise and leadership in this role; he brings a dedication to A-B and a commitment to quality education to this position," Provost Joan Propst said.
Long has given up his coaching duties to take on his new responsibilities.
"An exciting time for me after 31 years of coaching to shift gears to take a position that I believe can involve me directly with the education department at AB," Long said. "I have been teaching in that department as an adjunct for 18 years, and look forward to using that experience to head up the health, human performance and recreation department. The current staff includes two former department heads which will help me manage things for our exciting year to come."
Long graduated from A-B in 1980. Upon graduation, he taught special education at Philip Barbour High School for three years; spent 12 years teaching at Philippi Elementary School; and was the head baseball coach at Philip Barbour High School from 1982-85.
Long served as volunteer assistant baseball coach at A-B from 1986-1993 under legend Jack Funk. He began serving A-B in a full-time capacity in 1995 as he took over the head coaching responsibilities for both volleyball (until 2005) and softball (until 2012). He also served as athletic director from 2000-2011 and still teaches as an adjunct professor in the education department, having started this role in 1995. Long earned a master's degree in education from Salem University.
Long and his wife, Linda, reside in Philippi. They have three daughters, Shelly, Chelsea and Amanda. All five members of the Long family attended Alderson-Broaddus College.