CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern Head Women's Basketball Coach Fred Applin has announced the addition of Kelvin Long to the CSU women's basketball staff for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday afternoon.
Long joins the CSU staff after spending the 2012-13 seasons at Kennesaw State University in a similar role where he worked as the recruiting coordinator while assisting in the day-to-day coaching activities and operations of the Owls' program.
"I am extremely excited about the addition of Coach Long," Applin said. "He is a proven recruiter who is well connected in Georgia, as well as the surrounding region. Coach Long has a tireless work ethic and an extreme passion about basketball. He is a tremendous asset to our Buccaneer family."
Long comes to the Buccaneers after five seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference working with both Kennesaw State and East Tennessee State University. He will be in charge of recruiting for the Buccaneers women's basketball program.
"It's great to be here and a great opportunity to be here in Charleston," Long said. "It's going to be fantastic working with Coach Applin, and look forward to learning from one of the best. He's been all over the national landscape and I look forward to working alongside him and building a great rich tradition here at CSU. The location is really great and this is a place primed for winning."
During his time with Owls, he recruited Deandrea Sawyers who was named to the 2014 Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team as a guard.
Prior to joining the staff at KSU, Long spent four seasons as a member of the East Tennessee State women's basketball coaching staff. His primary responsibilities with the Buccaneers included assisting with recruiting, working with the guards and serving as travel coordinator.
During Long's four years at East Tennessee State, the Buccaneers compiled a 70-54 overall record, including a 56-22 (.718) conference mark, and three consecutive A-Sun Conference titles (2008, '09, '10) and NCAA Tournament appearances as well as the 2010 conference regular-season championship.
Under Long's tutelage, ETSU's guards Siarre Evans and TaRonda Wiles were named A-Sun Conference Co-Players of the Year in 2010. The pair also was tabbed unanimous First Team All-Conference selections, and selected to the A-Sun All-Tournament team after the Buccaneers captured the tournament title.
Evans won the A-Sun scoring and rebounding titles in 2008-09 en route to becoming Conference Player of the Year and a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm Coaches' All-American finalist.
Long also mentored Destiny Mitchell, a two-time second team All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection. As a sophomore, Mitchell led East Tennessee State in scoring (12.2 ppg.), rebounds (8.9 rpg.) and steals (41).
A Knoxville, Tenn., Long received his master's degree in sport management from ETSU in December, 2010, and his undergraduate degree from Tennessee in May, 2004.