Syracuse, N.Y. — Jesse Long, who led Corcoran’s boys basketball team to its first sectional championship in 20 years, is stepping down as the Cougars head coach after four seasons.
Long, 44, has accepted a job as an administrator at the school with hopes to become an athletic director. His role will focus mainly on instructional leadership.
Administrators aren’t allowed to coach at their respective school. Long’s coaching record as boys basketball coach is 57-30.
“It was very difficult, but I really feel like I can reach more kids as an administrator,” Long told Syracuse.com | The Post Standard on Thursday. “I’d like to bring some of the success and pride we had in our basketball program and bring that to all the programs we have at Corcoran and the whole city.”
Throughout his 21-year tenure at Corcoran, Long has coached a variety of sports, including junior varsity boys and girls lacrosse, varsity and junior varsity football, and varsity and junior varsity boys basketball. He has also served as the school’s physical education teacher and dean of students.
Long was on the coaching staff of the Cougars’ football team that won back-to-back sectional titles in 2002 and 2003.
Earlier this year, Long led Corcoran to an 18-5 record en route to its first Class AA sectional championship since 2000. He also was named the All-CNY large schools Coach of the Year.
The Cougars qualified for the state tournament, which was ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Long said the pandemic didn’t factor into his decision.
“That’s one of my proudest moments because of the success that we achieved with that team, but all the memories with every team I’ve coached, I cherish them greatly,” Long said.
Long said he held a Zoom meeting with his players and their families last week to inform them of his decision, which he called difficult because of the relationships he’s built during his time as coach.
“I’ll miss the relationships with the coaches and the players that you develop throughout the years and all the shared memories you have that last the rest of your life,” Long said.
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