As a legendary coach of the game, it is with great sadness to report that Humphrey Long has passed away, aged 85.
Moving into the sport as part of his work as a PE Teacher, Humph was involved predominantly with the East London Royals, winning a significant number of accolades and awards over numerous seasons. That success led to roles coaching Junior England teams, including the Under 15 and Under 17 Men, from 1970 until 1987. He was also a significant figure with the English Schools Basketball Association, beginning his work there in 1962 before being appointed Vice Chair in 1974 and Director of Coaching in 1990.
In 1992, he was awarded the England Basketball Fellowship - Lifetime Achievement award, which was presented to Coach Long at the House of Lords in London. Further recognition followed as the International Schools' Basketball Council selected him with a lifetime achievement award in 2002. In the same year, Tower Hamlets Borough Council gave Humph a Golden Jubilee award for services to the borough through sporting achievement.
Humph helped to create countless international players throughout his career, and he was still coaching well into his 80's. In his later years, he was one of the sport’s most notable collectors of information and data. His passing has led to an outpouring of condolences from across the basketball community.
RIP Humph Long. You impacted the lives of so many, I am thankful for the trajectory you helped put my life on, the way you showed us how 🏀 could open so many doors for us. Thank you for being a coach and a Mentor. #legend— kenrick liburd (@liburdk) July 6, 2018
We lost a true legend of British basketball today. RIP Humph Long, a man who gave so much to the sport. I never had the pleasure of playing for him but after every game I played against him he took me aside and gave me great advice— Coach Vear (@CoachVear) July 5, 2018
R.I.P Coach Humphrey Long— Chiswick Gators Basketball Club (@ChiswickGators) July 6, 2018
The East London Royals coach Mr Long mentored a long list of young basketball players, and worked non-stop to ensure that those young players had somewhere to play. He will be missed by all in the basketball community, but his legacy lives on 🏀🙏 pic.twitter.com/sWXXfMbfbk
Sad to report that Humphrey Long (Longy), passed away today. Coach of the England basketball team, the East London Royals & PE teacher/coach at Raines Foundation. I experienced great teaching/success under Longy. So did many others. He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/sVsG4L7v0b— Nick Dennis (@nickdennis) July 5, 2018
1991 - Sports Coach UK - England Coach of the Year (For the Coaching of Young Competitors).
1992 - England Basketball Fellowship - Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented at the House of Lords.
1993 - Tower Hamlets Club Coach of the Year.
2000 - Millenium Teacher Award - 45 Years in Tower Hamlets Schools.
2001 - Tower Hamlets Sports Council - Lifetime Achievement Award.
2002 - International Schools' Basketball Council - Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to International Basketball.
2002 - Tower Hamlets Borough Council's Golden Jubilee Award for services to the Borough through Sporting Achievements. Presented at the House of Commons.
2002 - Canary Wharf - Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to London Sport.
2003 - London Boroughs' Gold Medal for Community Service in London Boroughs. Nominated by Newham Borough Council on Behalf of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
2004 - National Volunteer of the Year Award - Nominated by Help the Aged.
2004 - Tower Hamlets Coach of the Year.
2005 - Jack Petchey Award for Qualities of Outstanding Leadership and Services to Sport in East London Boroughs.
2005 - Sport Coach UK - Elected to Coaching Hall of Fame for the Coaching of Young Competitors.
2006 - Awarded the Inaugural Paul O'Grady Certificate for Services to the Community. Broadcast on National Television.
2007 - English Schools' Basketball Association - Lifetime Achievement Award for 50 Years of Service to Schools' Basketball.
2007 - Tower Hamlets Sports Council - Coach of the Year (All Sports)
Thanks to Sam Neter for contributing information for this article.