Long was twice among the finalists for college field hockey's top individual award (photo courtesy Penn State Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Jen Long, a three-time All-American at Penn State, has been named assistant coach for the Harvard field hockey team, Crimson head coach Sue Caples announced Thursday.
Long was a team captain and four-year starter for the Nittany Lions, helping the team capture Big Ten Conference championships in 2005 and ’08 and reach the 2007 NCAA title game. In both 2007 and ’08, she was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, a first-team All-America selection and a finalist for the Honda Sports Award given to the nation’s top collegiate field hockey player.
The Doylestown, Pa., native earned three All-Big Ten selections and three All-Mideast Region honors during her career and was a second-team All-America pick in 2006. Long was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad in each of her four years. She helped Penn State reach three NCAA tournaments and earned NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection in 2007.
Long was a member of the USA Field Hockey developmental squad in 2008 and ’09, training with the senior national team. She played on the U.S. National Under-21 Team from 2004 through ’07 and traveled with the team to compete in China.
Since completing her PSU playing career, Long has served as an assistant coach, first for the X-Calibur Field Hockey Club in Pottstown, Pa., and later for the Labrador Hockey Club on Australia’s Gold Coast. She helped two X-Calibur teams qualify for the national tournament. She has also coached other youth teams and served as counselor at PSU field hockey camps.
Long graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in health policy and administration as well as a minor in psychology. Along with playing and coaching, she worked in the healthcare field in 2008 and ’09. Long was a two-time all-state player at Central Bucks East High School. She was born in South Korea.