July 17, 2001
Former basketball coach Long dead at 95
John J. Long, former men's basketball player and coach at Catholic University, died July 15 in Cumberland, Md. He was 95.
A member of the inaugural class of the CUA Athletic Hall of Fame, Long attended Catholic on an athletic scholarship and graduated in 1928. The star forward on the "Reindeer" squads of 1927 and 1928 that combined to go 27-9 at Catholic, Long was a regular member on All-District collegiate teams. Those seasons included wins against such Eastern powers as Washington & Lee, Fordham, Mt. St. Mary's, Duquesne, Navy and CCNY. While at Catholic he also coached football at Bullis in Potomac, Md., as well as coaching at St. John's High School.
Long later returned to his alma mater as head coach in 1944, leading the Cardinals to their only Division I NCAA Tournament appearance. Long's 1944 Cardinals went 17-5 during the regular season, earning a trip to the Eastern Regionals at Madison Square Garden in New York, before losing to Dartmouth and Temple. Basketball was suspended at Catholic the following season because of World War II.
His career winning percentage of .708 is still the highest in Catholic University basketball history.
Long was inducted into the CUA Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 25, 1977, and is also a member of the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 18, at 12:30 p.m., followed by a private burial. The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to the Friends Aware Endowment Fund, Allegany College, or any of the Cumberland area high schools.