More than a dozen years after playing his final baseball game at Twin Lakes, Josh Long is heading back to his home field.
The Twin Lakes School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved Long’s hire as baseball coach at Monday’s meeting. He will teach physical education, with an emphasis on advanced physical conditioning and weight training.
“There has been some talent that’s been through there, but that doesn’t always translate to wins,” Long said. “We’ve got to go back and instill the fundamentals and discipline that makes a team successful.”
Long, a 2000 Twin Lakes graduate, succeeds Oscar Haughs, who resigned after the Indians completed a 3-25 season.
Long coached Seeger to a 15-14 record in 2007 before landing at Portage as a physical education teacher and varsity boys basketball assistant. Three years ago, he took over as Wheeler’s baseball coach and led the Bearcats to a 54-20 record.
“We just need to get some discipline in the fundamentals and people to respect the program, so to speak,” said Twin Lakes athletic director Kent Adams, who coached Long in basketball. “That’s not going to happen overnight. We have some young kids that will take some time.
“Josh will come in and set some groundwork and establish some things that are critical for the success of our programs.”
In his capacity as the advanced P.E. and weight room instructor, Long can impact all Twin Lakes athletic programs. Adams said the school is in the process of expanding its current weight training facility.
Long said family ties also influenced his pursuit of the position. His wife, the former Kaley Moore, was a varsity athlete at Benton Central who played basketball at Marian College.
Long will also coach against his older brother, Frontier coach Ryan Long.
“He’s had tremendous success over there, and the program’s very stable,” Josh Long said. “I’m looking forward to playing against him and trying to get to that level with Twin Lakes.”