Marc Long is in his seventh season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team and sixth 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, 26 school records have fallen and 70 Hawkeyes have automatically or provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
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 beat their best dual record from last season 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 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (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 their own Field House pool. The women were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (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 - the 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, Coach Long also places a high priority on academic success. During Long's tenure, Iowa has crowned 17 academic all-Americans and 68 academic all-Big Ten selections, and the team has earned academic all-America honors four times.
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 has 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 runners-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 (CA) 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, IA, Long earned his B.S. in recreation education from Iowa in 1991. He and his wife, Beth, have two children, Ethan and Rhys, and a dog, PeeKay.