Garden City, KS-He took over a women's program that went winless in 2013 following the resignation of Head Coach Kianna Thornberry. His first order of business: ending the Broncbusters 14-game losing streak, which he did in his first match as Head Coach in 2014.
"He was so important in us getting our program back to a competitive nature," Garden City Athletic Director John Green said.
He was instrumental in bringing back the men's program in 2015 after a five-year hiatus. But after three seasons in Garden City, Head men's and women's soccer coach Charles Long announced his resignation on Friday.
"We appreciate everything that Coach Long did for this program," Green said. "He's resigning for personal reasons."
Long's connections both on American soil and internationally helped rebuild the women's program and put the men within a match of reaching the national tournament.
He came to Garden City after a short stint at Oklahoma Baptist. Before that, he guided Talledega College to a 15-5 record, a 13-win improvement over the previous season. Long also spent time at Mount Marry College, Belhaven, Western Texas and Southwestern Oregon Community College. His accolades include a 142-23-1 record in four season at Western Texas and he also led Belhaven to a third-place finish at the 1982 NAIA national tournament.
"We wish Coach Long nothing but the best in whatever he plans on doing moving forward," Green said. "He's put our teams in a position to be competitive moving forward."
In three seasons leading the Garden City women, Long posted a record of 24-27-2. On the men's front, the Broncbusters went 23-15-2, including a trip to the Plains District Finals in 2016 where they lost to Hill 4-1.
"I just want to reiterate and squash any rumors that we will continue on with both our men's and women's programs," Green said. "We will begin a nationwide search immediately."