Greg Long, the women’s head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has accepted a job at Mississippi College where he will be the women’s basketball coach, according to information in separate news releases from UAM and Mississippi College.

A national search for a new women’s basketball coach at UAM will begin immediately.

Long just completed his first and only season at UAM where he led the Cotton Blossoms to a 20-win season and the Great American Conference Championship game. It was UAM’s first 20-win season since 1997-98. UAM had one of the top defenses in the country, setting a program and GAC record holding opponents to 59.2 points per game.

The 20 wins also tied Long for the most wins by a Division II first-year head coach. Under his leadership, UAM’s Berniezha Tidwell, one of the best players in the region, finished the year as an All-Region honoree, an All-GAC selection and the conference’s Defender of the Year.

Padraic McMeel, the director of athletics at UAM, said Long is leaving the women’s basketball program in better shape than when he arrived.

“He made an immediate positive impact on our program with an incredible 20-win season and a trip to the GAC Championship game,” McMeel said. “Greg has left the program in better shape than when he arrived and helped establish a foundation for future success. I wish Greg, Jill, Aubree and the little guy on the way the very best in their new adventure. They will always be a part of the Weevil and Blossom family.”

The move to Mississippi College puts Long back in the Gulf South Conference where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Delta State University before moving on to the University of Central Arkansas. He left UCA last year to accept the job at UAM.

“We are excited to bring Greg into the Mississippi College family,” said Mike Jones, Mississippi College athletic director and men’s head basketball coach. “He has experience in both Division II and the Gulf South Conference and has been a part of winning programs his entire career. We look forward to having him lead our women’s basketball program.”

Long will replace 25-year head coach Paul Allen Duke who announced his retirement on March 16.