Former Wilson Central assistant -
As was reported Wednesday morning on Twitter via @tbsports5 Friendship Christian School has hired Jeff Long as its new boys' basketball coach.
Long comes to FCS after spending the past two years as an assistant coach on the staff of Michawl Teeter at Wilson Central High.
Coach Long takes over for Travis Kring who resigned after taking the Commanders to a record of 12-13 and a spot in the Division II-A Middle Region Quarterfinals in his only season at the Lebanon private school.
“We're excited about Jeff taking over our basketball program,” said Athletic Director John McNeal. “We look forward to him building good fundamental basketball players but also followers of Christ. We feel that he will bring a very exciting brand of basketball to FCS.”
Long is a graduate of Hendersonville High School where he was a four-year starter and 1,000-point scorer for the Commandos.
Long helped the HHS earn two trips to the region tournament, including a spot in the District 9-AAA championship game.
Long was named the 2012 Sumner County Co-Player of the Year and was a two-time All-District and All-Region performer.
After high school, Long played collegiately at Bryan College, an NAIA program in Dayton.
A four-year letter winner for the Lions, he was voted Team Captain as a senior, was a two-time Academic All-Conference, and was named an NAIA Academic All-American.
Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Science, and a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, both from Bryan College. He will teach elementary physical education at Friendship Christian.
Prior to his tenure at Wilson Central, Long spent the 2018-2019 season serving as the boys' basketball coach and athletic director at Southside School, a K-12 building in Lebanon.
Long spent two previous seasons at West Wilson Middle before assisting Friendship Christian graduate Michael Teeter at Wilson Central.
“I was blown away by the support and love I felt from the Friendship administration during my interview and campus visit,” Long said.
“I am a follower of Christ and have been praying for the Lord to show my family where he wants us. I immediately knew this is where we were meant to be. Special things are happening at Friendship, and I am glad I get to play a role in it, both as a leader in the classroom and on and off the basketball court.”
Jeff and his wife, the former Britt Bell, are the parents of son Luka James, who was born in November of 2019.
Britt played basketball at Mt. Juliet High and Nashville's Trevecca Nazarene University.
Her father, Tim Bell, is the former coach of the Mt. Juliet High boys' basketball team and a former principal in the Wilson County Schools.
He is a member of the Trevecca Nazarene Sports Hall of Fame for his efforts in both basketball and baseball for the Trojans.