US Lacrosse high school coach of the year, all-time winningest coach in WCAC, All-Met Coach of the Year, US Naval Academy graduate, attackman on national collegiate championship team, board member of state coaches’ association, founder and coach of youth lacrosse program.
Growing up in Catonsville, MD, watching the great teams from Hopkins, Navy and Maryland do battle each year, Richard Long developed a life-long love for the sport of lacrosse. As a college player, he joined in those great battles as an attackman for the Naval Academy and was a member of their 1967 national championship squad.
Dick began his coaching career as founder, manager and coach of the Davidsonville boys’ lacrosse program in 1982. Ten years later, in a leap of faith, he took on a new challenge as head lacrosse coach of the DeMatha Catholic High School Stags. It was the beginning of a new era for the Hyattsville school and Dick’s impact would soon be felt throughout the DC metropolitan area. For the next 15 years, Dick’s teams rolled up 194 wins against 73 losses and competed in 13 of 15 conference championship games. Under his leadership, the Stags won 11 conference titles in the always-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, including seven consecutive crowns from 1999 to 2005.
With his straightforward style of coaching, he demanded much of his players and he earned their respect and affection right back. Members of his teams were selected first-team all-conference 82 separate times. Eleven of his players garnered All-America honors and 86 percent of all his graduates were recruited to play lacrosse in college. In 2006, DeMatha grads comprised the entire group of third team All-America midfield selections. In 2007, six Stag alums received All-America accolades, including first-teamers Paul Rabil and Billy Looney.
U.S. Lacrosse named Dick as high school coach of the year in 2002. This recognition was one of many such tributes he received for coaching: Maryland State Coaches Association coach of the year (2000), Washington Post All-Met coach of the year (2004), DC Examiner coach of the year (2005), and conference coach of the year eight times.
Dick served on the board of the Maryland State Coaches Association and as a selector for numerous all-star teams. Always generous to fellow coaches with his time and advice, he leaves at DeMatha a legacy of accomplishment, humility, and honor.
President and owner of Havtech, Inc., Dick resides with his wife Buff in Annapolis, MD. They have three grown children: Matt, Sarah, and Zachary.