Officials at Genesee Community College announced today that Caitlin Long will serve as the new head coach of the college’s women’s soccer program. Long served as assistant coach for the Lady Cougars under Charlie Woods during the fall 2011 season.
A Tonawanda, NY native, Long played collegiately at Division I Niagara University where she was a member of the MAAC Conference Rookie Team in 2007 and a team captain during the 2010-11 season. She was also a member of the Empire State Gold medal winning teams in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
In addition to serving as assistant coach at Genesee, Long also coached in the Ken-Ton Soccer Association for the girls travel soccer and micro soccer programs.
“Taking over as head coach this season is a huge opportunity for me to personally grow as a coach,” said Long. “I look forward to working with a women’s soccer program that has proven to be very successful.”
Long will inherit a program that is just two years removed from a trip to the NJCAA National Championship game, and a team that finished 9-10 last season. She understands the work to re-establish a winning team begins during the offseason.
“My main focus during the offseason is to recruit a quality incoming freshman class that will work well with the existing class,” said Long. “For returning players, there will be a big emphasis on fitness and strength training during this time.”
Genesee Community College athletics director Peggy Sisson shared how Long’s experience would benefit the team and its players.
“Through her tremendous enthusiasm and passion for the game, developed over years of both playing and coaching, I believe she will continue to build the program with the ultimate goal of winning a national championship,” said Sisson.
Although it is still about eight months away, Long has already set goals for her first season as head coach.
“My goal for this upcoming fall season is to develop individual talent into a cohesive team. From there I aim to push that team to a conference championship.”
Long earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Niagara University and currently resides in Tonawanda, NY.