Head Coach Marc Long
Marc Long is entering his 11th season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming and diving team, and 10th leading both the men and women's squads. He served two seasons as the Iowa women's assistant coach (2003-04) before taking over the helm for the 2004-05 season. He also served as the Hawkeye men's assistant coach from 1998-2001.
During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 87 school records have fallen and 144 Hawkeyes have automatically or provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In 2013-14, Long guided the women's team to a 9-5 dual record with the nine victories being the second-highest total for the program in his tenure. The Hawkeyes went 4-3 in Big Ten duals, which led to a No. 20 ranking in the collegeswimming.com poll on Dec. 29. The team posted school records in four individual and four relays throughout the course of the season.
The UI men's squad was ranked as high as No. 21 in the CSCAA poll for three weeks and three school records went down in 2013-14. Long coached senior Dustin Rhoads to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, marking the fourth-straight year the Hawkeyes have been represented at the championship.
Both the men's and women's squads posted eighth place finishes at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The UI women finished with 199 points, while the men tallied 188 points. At season's end, 31 Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees -- the 19 women's selections were a school record, while the men tied a record with 12 receiving the accolade.
In 2012-13, Long guided the Hawkeyes to a 32nd place finish at the NCAA Championships, marking the program's second-straight finish among the top-32 teams nationally. Six men's student-athletes competed at the championships, and Iowa earned honorable mention All-America honors in three events -- 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 100 backstroke.
Twenty-one school records went down during the course of the season and 20 Iowa student-athletes posted NCAA automatic or provisional times. The men's team finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships with 245 points, while the women's squad was 10th with 113 points.
The men's team finished the 2013 season ranked 20th in the Collegeswimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll after posting a 7-3 dual record; the women's squad received votes in the rankings during the season and finished the year with an 8-2 record. Academically, 25 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
During the 2011-12 season, Long led the UI men's team to a fifth place showing at the Big Ten Championships, the program's highest finish since 1996. Two Iowa relays -- the 200 and 400 free relays -- won Big Ten titles, marking the program's first relay crown in 17 years. Five Hawkeyes garnered first-team All-Big Ten recognition.
The women's team finished ninth at the 2012 Big Ten Championships with 201 points. Freshman Becky Stoughton became the first Hawkeye to be selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after finishing in the top six in three individual events.
The Iowa men's team posted a 26th place finish at the NCAA Championships, its best showing since 1995, and three Hawkeye relays earned honorable mention All-America honors. Stoughton became the first UI female swimmer to advance to the NCAA Championships since 2005 and the first freshman since 2002. She earned honorable mention All-America honors after placing ninth in the 1,650 free.
The men's team finished the season with a 7-2 dual meet record, running its four-year mark to an impressive 31-5. The team climbed to a program-best 10th in the CSCAA dual meet rankings and finished the season ranked 14th. The Hawkeye women posted a 10-6 record, the most dual victories since the 1985-86 season.
Twenty-four Iowa student-athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2011-12 season. Four women's swimmers were recognized with the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, and nine Hawkeyes earned Scholar All-America recognition by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The women's team earned Scholar All-America team honors for the eighth straight year, finishing with the third-best grade point average in the nation.
Iowa set 18 school records during the 2011-12 season (11 men, seven women) and 18 Hawkeyes posted a NCAA qualifying time. In June 2012, 14 Hawkeyes represented the program at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.
In 2010-11, the Hawkeye men set schools records in three individual events and all five relays, while the women's squad set a program record in one individual event and one relay. The men recorded a dual meet record of 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten to finish the year ranked 24th in the final TYR/CSCAA rankings. The Hawkeye men sent Paul Gordon, Jordan Huff, Duncan Partridge and Ryan Phelan to the NCAA Championships in the 200 free relay. The quartet earned All-America honors in 400 free relay at the NCAA Championships. The Hawkeyes posted NCAA "B" cuts in 11 individual events and five relays. The women's team was named to the CSCAA All-Academic team for the sixth-straight year, and 20 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
In 2009-10, the Hawkeye men set school records in two individual events and three relays, while the women's squad set a program record in one individual event and established a new pool record. The Iowa men recorded their best dual record in program history with a 10-1 overall record and finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships, the highest finish in 14 years. The women were named to the CSCAA All-Academic team for the fifth-straight year, and 28 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
In 2008-09, the Hawkeye women set school records in four individual events and three relays, while the men's squad set school bests in two individual events. The Hawkeyes posted NCAA "B" cuts in seven individual events and five relays. The Iowa men posted their best dual record since 1995 with a 7-1 mark, and went undefeated (4-0) at its own Field House pool. The women were named to the CSCAA All-Academic team for the fourth straight year, and 25 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
The 2007-08 season saw four school records set at the 2008 Big Ten Championships, including two relays. Wil Whaley and Christine Kuczek eclipsed Iowa's records in the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle, respectively. Long also coached the women's 200 and 400 free relay teams to school records, while Whaley also placed 19th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
In 2006-07, two more school records were broken and nine student-athletes posted NCAA "B" cuts. Dragos Agache led the Hawkeyes by competing at the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breast -- two events in which he set new school records.
In his first season with the combined program (2005-06), four student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships and four school records were broken. Five-time All-American and U.S. Olympic diver Nancilea Underwood completed her Hawkeye career by leading the women's team to a 27th-place finish at the NCAA meet. Agache led the men's squad, competing in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA meet, setting the school 100-yard breaststroke record and posting Iowa's highest individual finishes at the Big Ten Championships.
In 2004-05, the women's team recorded their second-highest finish at the NCAA Championships (23rd) in school history. The Hawkeyes were led by Underwood and four-year NCAA qualifier and All-American Jennifer Skolaski at the meet. The Hawkeyes set five school and two Field House pool records, posting a 5-4 overall dual mark.
While great individual and team performances are crucial, Long also places a high priority on academic success. During Long's tenure, Iowa has crowned 17 academic All-Americans and 207 Academic All-Big Ten selections, and the team has earned academic All-America honors nine times.
Long served as the UI's aquatics director for his first six years as head coach, which allowed him to be a part of the core committee involved in designing the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
As an assistant coach, Long helped Iowa to its highest placing and point total in school history (20th, 41 points) at the 2003 NCAA Championships. The Hawkeyes also posted an 8-4 overall season record, which was the first winning season for the program since 1999-2000.
Before his assistant coaching stints, Long served as head coach of the Iowa City Eels Swim Club (ICE) and the COHO Swim Club (Deerfield, IL). During his tenure, Long helped produce numerous state champions, record holders, and NCAA and USS national qualifiers.
Long began his collegiate swimming career at the University of Northern Iowa (1986), winning the conference title and setting the 100 butterfly school record before joining the University of Iowa men's squad his sophomore season. As a Hawkeye swimmer (1987-89), Long was a multiple NCAA finalist, six-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, winning two conference titles in the 100 fly and one as part of the 400 free relay. Long was voted a team captain in 1989 and helped lead the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten runner-up finish, and their highest team placing (eighth) in modern day history at the NCAA Championships. Long swam on Iowa's Big Ten and NCAA record setting 200 freestyle relay that year. He was also a member of the 1987 U.S. National Champion 400-meter freestyle relay team from San Jose (Calif.) Aquatics, and participated in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials. Long is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Long earned his bachelor's degree in recreation education from Iowa in 1991. He and his wife, Beth, have two children, Ethan and Rhys, and a dog, PeeKay.
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