Former Carroll and Woodsboro head football coach Jerry Long has resigned as athletic director and head football coach at Edna after an investigation by a local sheriff’s office.
The Victoria Advocate reports that Long is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The report did not cite the details of the investigation.
“We got a call yesterday morning related to inappropriate messaging with a female student,” Sheriff A.J. Louderback told the Advocate. “We’re working diligently to get the investigation completed in as timely of a manner as we can.”
Long, who has been coach at Edna for two years after leaving Carroll after the 2016 season, resigned Monday.
Shortly after Long’s resignation, Edna Superintendent Robert O’Connor sent a tweet, urging members of the Edna community and others to stop spreading rumors and gossiping.
Rumors and gossiping is the root of any organizations downfall.When problems arise- circle the wagons and grab the rope and pull in a positive direction. Shut your mouth and get to work! It is time to Cowboy Up! pic.twitter.com/P3MT7hSMW5
— Robert O’Connor (@CowboySupt) April 22, 2019
Long coached the Edna Cowboys, a Class 3A school about 25 miles northeast of Victoria, for two seasons. His record there was 20-7, including a trip to the state quarterfinals in 2018.
Long resigned four days after his season at Carroll ended with a loss to Eagle Pass Winn in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs.
Long’s son, Thomas, was a junior quarterback for the Tigers while the family was at Carroll.
Long was 5-6 during his time at Carroll, leading the Tigers to the playoffs in 2016. His losing record there was one of only three during his 14-season head coaching career.
Long was previously the head coach at Woodsboro and East Bernard. His career coaching record was 119-42, including leading East Bernard to the Class 2A Division II state championship in 2012.