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Chip Long
Position: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (Tight Ends/Offensive Special Teams )
Experience: 4 Years

Chip Long Q&A ( 25, 2012)

Chip Long enters his fourth season (9th year overall) on the Sun Devil coaching staff.

In his third season at ASU, Long helped guide tight ends Kody Kohl and De’Marieya Nelson to career seasons and also mentored Third Team All-Pac-12 kicker Zane Gonzalez. Long’s tight ends and offensive special teams contributed to the 37 points per game (16th in nation) and scoring 58 times in the red zone, 18 of them coming from Gonzalez. Long helped the Sun Devils record a 91-percent conversion rate in the red zone (12th in the nation) and saw his kick return team ranked 13th in the nation with 24 yards per return. 

This past year, Long played a big role in mentoring TE Chris Coyle, who finished third in the nation in tight end receptions per game with 4.38. Coyle had 29 catches for 423 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, averaging a solid 14.6 yards per catch. Coyle finished his career with 92 career receptions, holding sole possession of third on ASU’s all-time tight end receptions list. His nine touchdowns rank tied for fourth in ASU history among tight ends with Jamaal Lewis. 

In his first season in Tempe, Long was instrumental in developing tight end Chris Coyle, who set the single-season school record for most receptions by a tight end with a team-leading 57 grabs and was one touchdown shy (5) of tying the school single-season record for touchdown receptions by a tight end.

Long, who also serves as ASU's recruiting coordinator, was named one of's top recruiters in the Pac-12 in 2012. Long recruited wide reciever Jaelen Strong, a third-round pick by the Houston Texans in the 2015 NFL draft, as well standout running backs Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard.

Prior to joining Todd Graham's ASU staff, Long was the tight ends and fullbacks coach at the University of Illinois in 2010 and 2011.

Long spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas, working with tight ends.

In his first season with the Illini, Long was given the task of molding tight ends and fullbacks out of a roster that was largely designed to run the spread offense. True freshmen Evan Wilson and Jay Prosch thrived under his tutelage, with Wilson starting 11 games at tight end and Prosch starting seven at fullback. Wilson caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns on the season, while Prosch, who earned freshman all-America honors, asserted himself as a bruising blocker, most notably opening holes for running back Mikel Leshoure's school single-game record-breaking total of 330 yards against Northwestern.

At Arkansas, Long developed tight end D.J. Williams, who became the first player in school history to win the Mackey Award. As a sophomore Williams had a record-breaking season that saw him become an All-SEC first-team selection by the Associated Press and a second-team honoree by the league coaches. He finished the season as the team leader in receptions (61) and receiving yards. In 2009, Williams was again a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and entered 2010 as a preseason All-American.

Prior to his stint in Fayetteville, Long spent two seasons at the University of Louisville and worked with the wide receivers and quarterbacks.

A receiver and tight end for North Alabama, Long was a multi-year starter and in 2005 earned All-America, first-team All-South Region and first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors. He helped the Lions to the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2003 and 2005.

In the summer of 2010, Long was named as the tight end for the Gulf South Conference All-Decade Team. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Long received his bachelor's degree in history with minors in both psychology and business administration.

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