Iowa Coach Joins CMU Football Staff

MOUNT PLEASANT - Paul Longo has joined the Central Michigan University football staff as the strength and conditioning coach.

A 1981 graduate of Wayne State University who earned his teaching certificate from Central Michigan University in 1985, Longo has been at the University of Iowa since July of 1988.

He served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Hawkeye football team under Hayden Fry from July of 1993 until January of 1999. Since then, he served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Olympic sports at Iowa.

During his tenure with the football team, the Hawkeyes went to bowl games all seven years -- Rose Bowl, Peach Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl (twice) and the Sun Bowl (twice) -- and Iowa had more than 80 players drafted into the NFL. The victorious 1996 Alamo Bowl team had 19 former walk-ons on its 65-man squad.

"Paul is a tremendous addition to our football program," said new Chippewa head coach Brian Kelly. "He's one of only 12 people in the country to have received the Master Strength Coach Award. The players on this campus are the ones who we're counting on in the fall and he will enhance our player development."

Longo, who served as Iowa's assistant strength and conditioning coach from July of 1988 until taking the head position in 1993, designed, outfitted and maintained a 10,000-square foot strength facility at Iowa. He worked with the training staff on the rehabilitation of athletes as well as oversaw the nutritional education and implementation for the football team.

A four-year starter on the Wayne State football team and twice its MVP, Longo set season and career receiving records. He later was in the training and preseason camps as a free agent running back with Pittsburgh (NFL) in 1982, Philadelphia (USFL) and Birmingham (USFL) in 1983 and Toronto (CFL) in 1984.

Longo, who was a first team all-state selection at Sterling Heights Stevenson in 1976, coached football at Bay City Western in 1985 and Warren DeLaSalle in 1986. He served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin from March of 1987 until July of 1988 before moving to Iowa.

He received the Master Strength Coach Award in 2001 and was certified by the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association in May of 2001. In January of 1993, Paul spoke at the National Strength and Conditioning Association convention on "Functional Speed Development for Football."

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