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Sports radio personality Rob Long named Mount Carmel girls basketball coach

Sports radio host Rob Long has been named Mount Carmel girls basketball coach.

Baltimore sports radio personality and coach Rob Long has a new part-time job: coach of the Mount Carmel girls basketball team.

Long, co-host of the Vinny and Rob Show on The Fan (105.7 FM), had been the women's basketball coach at CCBC-Dundalk since 2010.

Long's daughter, Stephania, is a freshman basketball player at Mount Carmel and his wife, Yedda, teaches at the school. His son, Robbie, a sophomore who has autism, is on the football, wrestling and baseball teams.

"For over a decade my family has followed me all over the country, as I fulfilled my dream of being a college basketball coach," Long said Friday in a statement released by the school. "Now, I not only get to coach my daughter and a group of talented young ladies, but I get to do it at a school that I've admired and respected for years. I'm grateful for this opportunity."

The Cougars (18-7) lost to Garrison Forest in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championship game last season.

Robb Bonner, who had coached the Cougars, will become the school's middle school athletic director and take on other responsbilities.

"This is a win-win for us," Mount Carmel athletic director Mike Naunton said in a statement. "Coach Bonner will take his leadership skills to the administrative side and grow our middle school program the way he grew our basketball team, and we have a proven and establish coach in Rob Long to help our team take the next steps in their journey upward."

Long coached three seasons at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, taking the Gators to the NCAA Division III tournament in 2007. He resigned in 2009, with a 33-45 record, after nearly half the team suffered injuries and the season was canceled after one game.

He told The Baltimore Sun his aggressive philosophy was not accepted at Notre Dame and that he was "hamstrung in recruiting."

"Notre Dame is a good place, but not a good place for me," Long told The Sun in 2009. "I wanted to be a legitimate and competitive D-III program -- and I'm not sure if they agree with that."

Prior to coaching at Notre Dame, Long was the head coach at CCBC-Dundalk for two seasons. In his seven total seasons there, Long's teams had just one losing season and won at least one playoff game in five consecutive years.

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