Phil Longo named as OC at Sam Houston State
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Phil Longo, Slippery Rock University’s football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, was named Monday as offensive coordinator at Sam Houston State University.
Longo, who served one season as The Rock’s wide receivers coach before being named as offensive coordinator in 2012, joined a Sam Houston State coaching staff led by K.C. Keeler, under whom Longo played as running back from 1988-91 at Rowan University.
As The Rock’s offensive coordinator, Longo installed an “Air Raid,” no-huddle attack that fueled SRU’s run last fall to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II national playoffs.
Longo’s offensive unit led the 16-team PSAC in scoring (43.3 points per game), passing offense (354.3 yards per game) and total offense (536.5 yards per game).
The Rock attack also ranked fourth nationally in total offense, sixth in passing offense and eighth in scoring offense.
In Longo’s first season as coordinator (2012), The Rock offense averaged 34.8 points (#6 in PSAC) and 407.3 yards (#8 in PSAC) per game.
Prior to joining The Rock coaching staff, Longo served as an assistant coach at Youngstown State, Southern Illinois, Minnesota-Duluth, LaSalle and William Paterson University and as head coach at La Salle College.
Longo and his wife, Tanya, SRU’s head women’s basketball coach, are the parents of daughters Gianna and Macaria.
Tanya Longo is currently in her fourth season as The Rock’s head coach and will return for the 2014-15 season, according to Paul Lueken, SRU’s director of athletics.
Plans for filling Phil Longo’s spot on the coaching staff are being formulated, according to Lueken and Rock Head Football Coach George Mihalik, and will be announced once a decision has been made.
Sam Houston State is a member of the Southland Conference and the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision. The Bearkats won back-to-back conference championships in 2011 and 2012, have earned berths in each of the last three FCS playoffs and played in the 2011 and 2012 national championship games under former head coach Willie Fritz.
Keeler led Delaware to the 2003 FCS national championship as well as berths in the 2007 and 2010 national championship games.
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