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Former Mountaineer Leads Team to Conference Title

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–On Tuesday night, one former West Virginia University basketball player got the opportunity to win a championship as the head coach of the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears.

James Long was named to the head coaching job at WVU Tech two seasons ago and now his team defeated the Rio Grande Red Storm 75-60 on in the River States Conference championship.

That is a pretty incredible feat for a young coach during his second full season.

The Charleston native’s squad has posted a 34-14 record, including a 11-6 record this season. However, he is still growing as a coach.

“I think sometimes as coaches we do a bunch of crazy things and adjustments,” Long told Metro News. “I think the beauty of the details over and over. I think this year has validated how we do things and what we believe in. Just putting in the work on a daily basis. This year has shown me how meaningful every day is, and how meaningful monotonous work is. I am glad that we are getting back to normal. I look forward to that everyday grind, and that we are getting back to.”

Long played for the Mountaineers from 2014-17 and spent one season as Bob Huggins’ assistant before taking the job with the Golden Bears.

Cover Photo Credit: Metro News

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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