Long Replaces Stucky as Strength Coach

Johnny Long is Tennessee's new strength and conditioning coach after filling that role in an unofficial capacity during the past year.

Long replaces John Stucky, 54, who is retiring on the advice of his physician. Stucky was on medical leave the past year, supposedly as result of a stroke.

''John Stucky set a standard for energy and dedication in the Vols weight room,'' Athletics Director Doug Dickey said in a news release. ''His accomplishments are many and his legacy can be seen in the young men who represent the University on the field of play. He casts a long shadow across the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.''

Long, 33, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1994 and began his UT stint as a graduate assistant shortly thereafter. He advanced to assistant strength and conditioning coach in '96 and was named associate coach in '99. Long spent 16 years competing as a weight-lifter before an injury forced him to leave the sport.

''I know that Johnny Long is up to the job,'' Dickey said. ''He learned at John Stucky's knee, but will make his own mark on the strength and conditioning program.''

In accepting the promotion, Long said he is honored ''to be named to this position at one of the top institutions in America. I have some big shoes to fill, but the system John Stucky implemented eight years ago will make for a smooth transition.''

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