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Tom Long



Perhaps the state's greatest prep wrestling coach, the 1944 Forestburg High and 1951 Dakota Wesleyan grad coached in Rapid City for 33 years – the first 13 at Central and the last 20 at Stevens.

Long is perhaps best known for winning eight state titles (1963-65, '75-76, '80-81, '88) during his tenure and coaching Randy Lewis to several national high school records. Lewis went on to win an Olympic gold medal in 1984. Long's teams won almost 300 matches (246 duals, 20 invitationals and 23 postseason), and they also finished as state runners-up seven times. He retired in 1989 with more state titles than any wrestling coach in state history. He also coached AAU cultural exchange teams against West Germany in 1981 and Venezuela in 1982.

Long started his coaching career in 1952 at Bridgeport, Neb., coaching football, basketball and track, before coming to Rapid City in 1956.

Long was chosen national high school wrestling coach of the year in 1983. He was named to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

At DWU, he competed in football, basketball and track.








































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