Jerry Long knows South Texas and loves it. The Woodsboro native has named the new head football coach and athletic coordinator at Corpus Christi Carroll.
“There is an excitement to get back to South Texas and see coaching friends I haven’t seen in a while,” he told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “It’s just that familiarity that is exciting to us.”
Long has spent the past 10 seasons as head coach at East Bernard. But he cut his coaching teeth in Region IV as an assistant at Refugio and offensive coordinator at Gregory-Portland.
The South Texan turned the Brahmas into a football powerhouse. East Bernard won a state championship in 2012 and advanced to the Class 3A Division II state semifinals in 2015.
Long posted a 99-27 record with the Brahmas. Overall, he stands 103-33 after going 4-6 at Woodsboro in 2005, his first year as a head coach.
East Bernard’s sports flourished under Wood’s supervision as athletic director. During his tenure, the Brahmas captured six titles in four sports including cross-country, softball, and boys track.
In 2014, East Bernard finished second in the Class 2A Lone Star Cup which awards points for overall athletic success. Wood’s dual prowess as a football coach and AD played a major role in his hiring.
“He didn’t just talk football to us,” Corpus Christi ISD athletic director Brenda Marshall commented to the Caller-Times. “He talked about a lot of other things and how they do things (at East Bernard). You could just tell listening to him his passion of how he deals with kids.”
The Carroll position opened when former head coach Tony Trevino resigned to become athletic director at San Antonio East Central. Long plans to start his duties with the Tigers next week.
Carroll gridiron fans will see the Slot-T offense and a multiple defense next season. But before working on Xs and Os, Long want to introduce himself to his players and staff.
“No. 1 is meet the people,” he said to the Caller-Times. “Coach Trevino has been gone for a while, and there are a lot of people, players and coaches that are on pins and needles. Once you put a name with a face they will feel more comfortable with the fact that I’m here.”