Henry F. Long Jr., a boys soccer coach and state champion who owned a window-cleaning business, died of cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Perry Hall resident was 54.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Sparrows Point's North Point Village, he began playing sports at Battle Grove Elementary School. He was a 1976 graduate of Sparrows Point High School, where he wrestled and was a three-time state champion in soccer. He attended Essex Community College and earned a bachelor's degree in sports management at West Virginia University, where he was captain of the men's soccer team.
He was voted most valuable player and named to an All-South team. He was later an assistant soccer coach at West Virginia.
Mr. Long was president of Skyclean Inc., a commercial window-cleaning company he founded 25 years ago. The business is located in Dundalk. He worked on commercial properties and office buildings throughout the region.
From 2007 until his death, he was the boys soccer coach at Perry Hall High School. He also coached the White Marsh Falcons, and youth soccer for the Overlea, White Marsh and Perry Hall recreation councils.
Mr. Long played with amateur soccer clubs and on teams sponsored by restaurants La Dolce Vita and Jerry D's. He was a national runner-up in the men's over-30 soccer tournament and multiple regional championships in the Men's Open Cup and Over 30 Cups. He was a former Maryland State Cup champion.
"He gave his life to the sport," said his brother, Michael Long of Bel Air. "He mentored so many kids."
Mr. Long was a director of the Old Timers Soccer Association of Maryland.
He also followed the Ravens and was a 1996 season-ticket holder. He attended Super Bowls XXXV and XLVII, both Ravens championships. He traveled widely.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, in Fullerton.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of more than 25 years, the former Beverly Kay Slater, an environmental engineer who worked with her husband at the window-cleaning business; four sons, Frank H. Long of Madison, Wis., and Mitchell Long, Henry Long III and Eric Long, all of Perry Hall; his mother, Joan "Peggy" Long of Dundalk; and two sisters, Joan Sellers of Perry Hall and Barbara Hollenshade of Dundalk.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun