Tyg Long began as an assistant track and field coach, primarily working with the throwers, in the fall of 2009.
Before coming to SDSU, Long worked as the throws coach at Black Hills State University where he developed one of the premier throw programs in the nation at the NAIA level.
During his three years at BHSU, coach Long’s throwers collected 35 All-American awards, 28 all-conference honors, 11 national titles, three NAIA national records and one Olympic Trials qualifier in 2008. His throwers set all-time South Dakota collegiate records in the women’s shot put, hammer throw, weight throw and men’s weight and hammer throw.
In the classroom, his athletes accumulated 14 Academic All-American awards and six NAIA Champions of Character awards. In 2008, USA Track & Field recognized coach Long as an up-and-coming elite coach.
As an athlete, Long was the first South Dakota prep athlete to throw the shot put over 65 feet and still ranks second all-time on the South Dakota boys shot put list. Long won a state championship in the discus with a personal best of 182-3 feet and earned high school All-American honors after his senior year in the boys shot put.
As a freshman and sophomore in college, Long competed for the University of Wyoming, earning all-conference honors as well as qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships both years. Long finished his collegiate career at Black Hills State University as an NAIA All-American in the shot put, weight throw and hammer throw.
Long was also involved with the Iron Wood throws camp, spending four years as a camper and three years as a camp staff member before co-founding the Championship Throws Camp in Custer and Circle of Champions Throws Camp in Yankton, which he holds each summer.