Terry Long resigned as boys varsity basketball coach Monday according to a press release from Mustang Public Schools. Long will be replaced by former Mustang girls coach Robert Foreman effective immediately.
Long will remain on staff as a teacher and will give private lessons, a “much more lucrative option than what the school can provide” the release states.
“Coach Long said that economically he has reached a position where he must make changes to provide for his family,” Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel said in the release. “He’s heartbroken to make this announcement as the season has just started, but the time has come when he feels there is no other choice.”
Long was paid a $7,700 stipend for coaching last year on top of his teaching salary.
The announcement comes the day Mustang begins practice for the upcoming season. Players were made aware Monday afternoon.
Long was entering his fifth season at Mustang after producing arguably the greatest run in program history, including the school’s first-ever state championship, three straight playoff appearances and an overall record of 84-23.
“Coach Long is one of the premier 6A coaches in the state,” McDaniel said. “We have been blessed to have him be part of the Bronco athletics program.”
Long was unable to be reached for comment at the time this article was published.
Foreman takes over the program with experience at the collegiate and high school levels. He previously coached Mustang’s girls team from 2009-2011 after a long stint as Westmoore’s boys coach from 2000-2009. He also coached at Chickasha from 1998-2000. He is currently a freshman principal and director of Oklahoma Swish Basketball Club.
“Foreman understands this will be a difficult transition for the team,” McDaniel said. “But he’s excited about the opportunity to step in and lead a team as talented as this one.”