Following a long and successful career, Rob Long is stepping away from coaching.
After spending the past three seasons as Royal Palm Beach’s boys basketball head coach, Long has decided to retire, according to Wildcats athletic director Eric Patterson. Long’s longtime assistant coach Scott Dobbs will replace him as the Wildcats’ coach.
Before arriving at Royal Palm in 2012, Long coached Suncoast to a state championship in 1990, and led Jupiter to Lakeland in 2000. He posted a 372-224 record in 21 seasons as a head coach.
“Having personally watched Rob Long coach for the last 20 years, I am convinced that he stands with the truly elite coaches that this county has ever seen,” Royal Palm High Principal Jesus Armas said in a statement. “Possessing a brilliant basketball mind and always demanding excellence, Rob not only taught his players how to succeed on the basketball court, he also taught them how to succeed in life.”
While Long won’t be coaching anymore, he will keep his current teaching duties at Royal Palm High. The Wildcats advanced to the regional tournament in two of the three years Long spent as the team’s coach.