By Sylvia Dickson
After nearly 50 years of service at French Camp Academy, Hugh and Martha Long are retiring.
Hugh was born in Kansas and moved to French Camp from Texas. He began his career at FCA in 1966 as a dorm parent. In 1972 he added teacher and assistant coach to his duties. In 1990 he became the head coach of Track and Field and established the Cross Country program.
He and Martha Cutts (’66) married in 1968. Martha worked in the president’s and finance offices. Hugh graduated from Mississippi State University in 1978, where he received special distinction in Educational Psychology. During his time at FCA, he and Martha raised their 3 children, served as dorm parents at FCA, and Hugh also pastored several churches.
Throughout his tenure he received the MS Association of Coaches (MAC) Coach of the Year awards in Boys’ Cross Country and Track in 1998, 2001, 2013. He received the National Federation High School State Coach of the Year awards in 2002 and 2012, and received the Roy Garcia Award of 2013. The Garcia Award is given to one coach in the entire state, 1A-6A, and includes all sports.
Hugh and Martha will be missed, but their legacy of godly influence has multiplied through the years.