Over thirty years ago, Brad Long began his trek of impacting baseball in El Dorado, Kansas. He was a three-year starter at second base on the high school team and American Legion teams. Two of those years, the Legion team won district honors and qualified for the State Tournament, winning the 1966 State Tournament in Chanute. This team went on to place third in the National Regional tournament held in Bismarck, North Dakota. At the collegiate level, Brad was a two-year baseball letterman at William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri after playing two years of football at Butler County Community College in El Dorado.
Brad's influence in El Dorado was just beginning. He won 382 games as a head coach of the high school and American Legion teams, with 233 of those wins occurring at EHS. His teams in 21 years of head coaching at EHS won 6 Ark Valley League titles and 3 AVL runner-ups. The EHS teams of Coach Long finished high in State Tournament play 4 times; 3rd in 1979, 3rd in 1992, 2nd in 1991 and Champion in 1990.
His five-year American Legion coaching record included 149 wins and 68 loses. Four of his teams also finished high in State Tournament play; 4th place in 1974, runner-up in 1973 and 1995 and Champions in 1977.
A few honors Brad has received are State Coach of the Year by the Kansas Coaches Association in 1990, 5A Coach of the year in 1990 and 1991, AVL Coach of the Year seven times and KABC High School All-Star Game Coach twice. Currently, Brad is an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians professional baseball organization.
Brad helped administrate the KSHSAA State Baseball Tournament for 20 years at El Dorado's McDonald Stadium and oversaw the construction of the El Dorado High School Baseball Field built in 1991. He served a camp instructor at Dave Bingham's Baseball Camp at Kansas University and Gene Stephenson's camp at Wichita State University for three years. Brad and his wife Kathy have three children; Kristen, Barrett and Brooke.