Long Returns To UAH As Women’s Hoops Assistant
Huntsville, Ala. – Head Coach Roy Heintz and the University of Alabama in Huntsville women’s basketball program announces the hiring of former Lady Charger Candace Lee Long to be the team’s assistant coach.
She returns to the Lady Charger basketball program after a stellar three-year career for the Lady Chargers where she played from 2008 to 2011. After graduation, the accounting major worked in the business world, while giving private basketball instruction.
“I am so excited to have Candace join my coaching staff,” said Heintz. “It is always very special for a coach to have a former player re-join them as an assistant, and I certainly feel that way about Candace.”
In her Lady Charger career, she started 49 of her 75 games played, had 680 career points, 263 rebounds, and finished just outside the program’s Top 10 in career assists with 205.
“She was a tremendous player with an insatiable desire to work and improve, and I’m not sure I’ve had many players in my 26 years of coaching that were more competitive than she,” Heintz continued. “She will be a great assistant by bringing those qualities to my staff. Her love for our institution, for our women’s basketball program, and for the game of basketball will be evident in her work with our players.”
Originally recruited out of high school to play for Heintz at Covenant College where she earned All-Freshman honors in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, the Tanner native returned home to UAH as a walk-on her sophomore year. Her second season performance earned her a basketball scholarship for her final two campaigns.
Her junior season culminated in first-team All-GSC honors, and she was an All-GSC nominee her senior year, finishing 16th in the conference in scoring, fifth in 3-point field goals made and eighth in free throw percentage, while averaging over 38 minutes played per game.
Long and her husband Daniel live in Elkmont.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations