names Longa head basketball coach
(March 8, 2001) - Florida Southern College Athletic Director Mike
Roberts has named Tony Longa as the Moccasins men’s basketball coach,
thus removing the "interim" label from his job title.
"Tony has shown he has the capabilities to be a fine head coach,"
said Roberts. "The team has had an excellent season. Tony,
his coaching staff and players have represented Florida Southern
College extremely well on the court, in the classroom and in the
Longa, who served seven years as an assistant at FSC, was named
interim head coach in October. He has guided the team to a 23-6
record, winning both the regular season and conference tournament
championships. Florida Southern is ranked 17th in the
final regular season Division II national poll.
"It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to follow the great
tradition of coaches at Florida Southern. I hope to continue their
high standard of excellence," said Longa. "This season
is a good foundation for the future with us winning the SSC championships
and being the number one seed in the South Regional. The players
deserve all the credit. They have made an outstanding run so far.
They battled all year and handled every situation with character."
The Moccasins are competing in the NCAA South Regional Tournament
this weekend at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.