A Loss In Our Bruin Family

There was some sad news out of Westwood this week:

Jerry Long, who served as an assistant football coach at Oregon State and UCLA and also spent over a decade in athletic administration at UCLA, passed away Wednesday morning, December 17. Long, who had been in a hospice for several months, died from a heart attack at his home with his wife Dorothy at his side. He was 79.

Long was born in Portland, Oregon and attended Franklin High School. He served in the Navy during World War II. Following his time in the Navy, Long played football at Oregon State, earning three letters as a guard and graduating in 1950. After five years as a high school coach, he spent six years as an assistant at Willamette University in Salem, OR. In 1961, he was hired as an assistant at Oregon State under Tommy Prothro. In 1964, the Beavers won the AAWU to earn a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Long moved to UCLA in 1965 as a member of Prothro's staff. In his first year in Westwood, the Bruins earned their first win in a Rose Bowl, defeating Michigan State. Overall, he spent 11 years as a Bruin assistant under Prothro, Pepper Rodgers and Dick Vermeil - 10 as coach of the defensive line and his last (1975) working with Terry Donahue on the offensive line. In his final year, the Bruins won the Pac-8 title and defeated Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

Long spent over a decade in athletic administration prior to retiring in 1990, working in the areas of fundraising, event management and booster club development.

Per the official site services are scheduled for Monday, December 22 at 11:00 am at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Griffin Memorial Park, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village 91362. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the American Heart Association or the UCLA Department of Athletics.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Long's family.

GO BRUINS.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker