District 22 Black History Month Nominee
Mr. Long has led an eventful life. He was born on March 8, 1978, in Washington, D.C. In 1996, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C. From there he went on to attend college at the University of California in Monterey, California. While there, Tim was very influential in the success of their championship football team. From California, he attended Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee where he continued to play football.
Mr. Long left college early to pursue a professional football career. He began by joining the New York Jets. Next he played Professional Arena Football with the Memphis Explorers in Southaven, Mississippi. Mr. Long ended his playing career with the Louisville Fire team and the Kentucky Horseman out of Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Long decided to complete his education by returning to Lane College and finishing his Bachelor Degree in Education.
After years of playing football, Tim decided to begin coaching. His coaching career took off when he decided to relocate to Louisville, Kentucky. Upon arrival in Louisville, Mr. Long obtained a job at The Brook hospital where he assisted youth in several capacities from mental health to helping with youth counseling and treatment. He has always been a beacon of light when it comes to mentoring the youth.
Mr. Long coached with the Muhamad Ali Youth Football league (MLYF), Lyndon Lightening with East End Warriors and CEO of a traveling team, Team Hostile. Mr. Long extended his coaching and mentoring duties to include attending and chaperoning kids to games, supporting them at awards programs, visiting their schools and overall well-being checks. He has tried to be a prominent male role model with young men that were lacking one. He not only coaches or mentors young men in football, bet he takes a genuine interest in their well-being as well. He attends Fern Creek High School football and basketball games, track meets, wrestling matches, award programs, graduations and church services with many of his aspiring youth.
Mr. Long is very humble and private about his acts of charity. He has literally given children the clothes off his back; there are times that he has removed his jacket or coat and given to someone in need. Mr. Long can be frequently seen shopping for shirts, ties, pants, jeans and sneakers for children in need. Eventually, Mr. Long transferred employment to the Jefferson County Public School system where he intensified his coaching and mentoring efforts. While working as an In-School Security Monitor at Fern Creek High School, he also coached football for T.T. Knight Middle School and head-coached for the FCHS freshman football team.
Mr. Long’s kindness, love and generosity extends from his job and mentoring efforts to his family. He courted his college sweetheart, Ruby, for seventeen years until they married in July 2016. Tim is a father of five; four girls and one boy. He is a strong force in their lives, always present and hands-on with all the children. He attends their sporting activities, school meetings, Girl Scout bridging ceremonies, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Cotillion and any other function that is important to his children. “Daddy” is always there! He unselfishly gives his time to everyone in his life and somehow manages to also take care of his mother, who is in remission from cancer and his mother-in-law as well.
Tim is not only an asset to his family; he is a cherished co-worker, mentor and person! He is an AWESOME asset here at Fern Creek High School the