Career Accomplishments include 12 SEC Championships, 115 All SEC, 300 All Americans, 150 Pro Athletes, 45 Olympians.
Johnny Long is a former Olympic Caliber weightlifter who began his career 32 years ago under legendary Hall of Fame Strength Coach Gayle Hatch. Long is part of the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team that has won more than fifty men’s Junior, Senior, and Masters National Championships. He spent countless hours training under Coach Hatch, who has helped many national strength coaches in the professional, collegiate and high-school levels to win National Titles and also reach a better understanding of explosive strength training for all athletes. Gayle Hatch was also named Head Coach of the men’s 2004 USA Olympic Weightlifting Teams and Head Coach of the men’s 2009 World Weightlifting Championships. Johnny Long continues the Gayle Hatch traditions to date.
After a brief stint, at Louisiana State University, Long decided to shift his coaching career to the University of Tennessee as a Graduate Assistant for the strength and conditioning staff in 1994. After completion of his Masters Degree, he quickly advanced to the position of Assistant Strength Coach. He was named Associate Head Coach in 1998 before taking over as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the University of Tennessee. He now holds the title of ”Collegiate Mentor” and Master Strength Coach which is the Highest Honor for strength and conditioning coaches across the country. In January 2004 and 2005, Long served as Head Strength Coach for the Las Vegas All-American Classic All Star Game. Tennessee’s strength program, emphasizing a strong fitness program, was optimized by Johnny Long; whose background in weight training underpinned his belief in the link between conditioning and athletics success. He is credited by Former Head Coach Phillip Fulmer with making physical fitness a basic component of the University of Tennessee Volunteers football program.
Coach Long’s career over the past 14 years has made him one of the nation’s top strength and conditioning coaches when it comes to preparing athletes for competition. Coach Long has directed one of the nation’s largest strength and conditioning clinics with over 1000 coaches and athletes. Some of his career accomplishments include 3 National Championships, 7 Eastern Division Football Championships and 12 SEC Championships. He has worked with many decorated athletes within his carrier at Tennessee. This list includes 300 All Americans Athletes, 150 Pro Athletes, 115 All SEC Athletes and 45 Olympians. Within Strength and Conditioning circles, Coach Long is a part of one of the most successful coaching trees in the country.
As an Olympic caliber weight lifter, Johnny Long competed for 16 years, before an injury halted his career at age 24. The Baton Rouge native is a legend in his native state, competing in numerous Junior Olympics, and National Weightlifting meets, before coaching and instruction became his top priority.
Long was inducted in 2005 to the Louisiana Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame. Long is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, the U.S. Weightlifting Federations and the American Football Coaches Association.