Cougar Football Announces Staff Changes
Feb. 8, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Head Football Coach Bill Doba announced the additions of Marty Long and former Cougar Steve Broussard to the WSU coaching staff. Broussard will serve as the new running backs coach, replacing Kelly Skipper, who left for an assistant offensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders. Long has been named defensive ends coach following the departure of Robb Akey, who was named head coach at Idaho.
Broussard comes to WSU after spending the past three seasons at Portland State, the first as running backs coach and the past two in charge of wide receivers. In 2004 the Vikings led the Big Sky in rushing, averaging 204.4 yards per game. The following season he coached Shaun Bodiford to All-Big Sky honors while developing a young group of receivers.
'Steve is an excellent coach and best of all, he's a Cougar,' said Doba. 'He was a great college player and spent nine years in the NFL before beginning his coaching career. Steve's an outstanding recruiter and being from the Los Angeles area, he's a really good fit. It's good to bring another Cougar home.'
Prior to Portland State, Broussard spent four year as a high school coach, the final two as head coach at Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, Calif. Broussard's coaching career began in 2000 as offensive coordinator at Don Lugo High School in Chino, Calif., before moving to a similar role at Diamond Ranch in 2001.
Broussard was the 20th overall pick in the 1990 draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he spent the first four years of his NFL career. He spent the 1994 season with the Cincinnati Bengals then the final four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. Over his nine-year career, Broussard rushed for 2,625 yards and 19 touchdowns while catching 126 passes for 882 yards and three scores.
During his four-year Cougar career, Broussard was known as the most versatile back in WSU history. He completed his career third on the all-time rushing list, fifth on the career receiving list and owned two of the top three single-season rushing marks. At one point he held nine WSU career or single-season records.
Broussard, who has two children, Talin (15) and Steve Jr. (8), replaces Skipper, who spent four years at WSU coaching running backs and special teams.
'Skip took a chance on a rookie head coach and joined our staff four years ago,' said Doba. 'He's been a great recruiter and done a great job with our running backs and special teams. He's been a very positive influence on our program and it has always been his goal to get to the NFL. We wish him well and are going to miss him a bunch.'
Long joined the Cougar staff in January after spending the past three seasons in a similar capacity at the University of Nevada. Prior to Nevada, Long served as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona beginning in 1996, the first five under Dick Tomey and the last three under John Mackovic. In 1997 and 1998 Arizona was ranked 12th nationally in rush defense while in 2000 the Wildcats ranked eighth in rush defense and 21st in total defense.
'Marty is a great hire for us,' said Doba. 'He brings 20 years of coaching experience at the college and Canadian League levels. I have stayed in touch with him over the last 20 years when we worked together at The Citadel. I have followed the teams he has coached for and seen him at various clinics over the years. He is an excellent defensive line coach and we are fortunate to have him on staff.'
From 1994-95, Long spent two seasons on the defensive coaching staff of the Canadian Football League's Baltimore Stallions. The Stallions won the Eastern Division title as an expansion team in 1994 and finished with an 18-3 record in 1995, culminating the season with the Grey Cup title.
In 1988, Long assumed his first full-time coaching position at his alma mater, The Citadel. After working as a graduate assistant at The Citadel in 1987, Long spent the next six seasons as an assistant, coaching the defensive line and linebackers. It was there that he began his association with Doba, who was an assistant on staff for two seasons before joining the WSU staff in 1989.
At The Citadel, Long worked with a Bulldog defense that in 1992 led NCAA I-AA in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per game. They were also sixth in pass efficiency defense with a 93.6 rating. He received the Coach of the Year Medallion from the Eastman Kodak Company following that season. Long's coaching career began in 1986 when he served as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky, working with linebackers.
A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Long received his bachelor's degree in math and computer science from The Citadel in 1986. The Long family includes wife Donna Wong-Long, son Jerrell and daughters Anna and Kayla.