Richard Long Resigns at James Madison; Dane Pedersen Named Interim Head Coach

After just one season leading the James Madison University women’s swimming & diving team, Richard Long has resigned the school has announced.

Dane Pedersen has been named the interim head coach. Pedersen has been an assistant at JMU for 7 years, including the last two as the associate head coach.

In the last two years, James Madison has sent two swimmers to the NCAA championships: Sin Hye Won and Shannon Dubay. The team placed 2nd out of 8 teams at last year’s CAA Championships.

Long came to James Madison after 5 years as an assistant with Auburn, and 7 years in total with the program.

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6 years ago

This job seems to have a lot of turnover through the years; must not be a very good situation.

6 years ago

beachair? do you know much about the schools history? mainly in regards to their athletics dept? if not its a sad tale. so i get this 2nd hand from freinds who swam and a man i interned under who is in their athletic hall of fame (track and cross country). so, jmu had the most ‘diverse’ and largest atheltic program in d1. they offered the most sports of any school for quite a while. this all changed when their football team started winning championships. in order to expand their football program, they rapidly implemented sweeping changes to the athletic department, first cutting fringe sports and eventually cutting almost every sports team, including mens swimming. a program which in local and… Read more »

Reply to  Stephen Gomez
6 years ago

Too bad, since JMU is a good school that should enhance its academic reputation by supporting all sports. Makes it tough to build a program, if you don’t have a feeling of career confidence.

Bill Shaw
6 years ago

Richard was a great coach. Too bad he didn’t stay. Where did he go to coach? He came from a legendary coaching staff and has some of the best expertise in video in the world.

Bill Shaw
Reply to  Bill Shaw
5 years ago

Richard Long took his coaching skills back home to the CGBD at Midtown Aquatic Center in Norfolk, Va. I just hope they all realize what a fantastic coach this young man is. Good luck Richard.

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