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James Long Returns as Best Virginia’s Head Coach For TBT

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Best Virginia, WVU’s alumni basketball team, announced on Wednesday morning that James Long will return to serve as the head coach for the TBT tournament in July.

“I’m excited to be back for year two with Best Virginia,” Long said. “Last year was one of the best coaching experiences of my life. Representing West Virginia University in Charleston was special to all of us.”

Long has been WVU Tech’s head coach since 2019 at the NAIA Division II level. In his first season coaching, Long led the Golden Bears to a 23-8 record, finishing in first place in the River States Conference. In the 2020-21 season, Long coached WVU Tech to the River States Conference Championship, sending the Golden Bears to two-straight NAIA National Championship appearances in 2021 and 2022.

The Charleston native played at West Virginia from 2013-17 before serving as an assistant director of basketball operations and video coordinator under Bob Huggins.

Morgantown High’s Dave Tallman will serve as Long’s assistant once again. Tallman has served as the head coach of Morgantown High School’s varsity basketball team since 2015.

Former WVU forward John Flowers returns as Best Virginia’s General Manager, while Kevin Jones is picking out the roster. So far the confirmed players are Flowers, Jones and Jaysean Paige.

In 2021, Best Virginia made their second appearance in the TBT, the first being in 2019. The former Mountaineers made a trip to the Sweet 16 before losing to Team 23, the eventual runner-up of the tournament.

Best Virginia is returning to Charleston, WV, in July to co-host one region of the TBT tournament with Herd That, Marshall’s alumni team. The Charleston region will run from July 24-27. The link for tickets for the 2022 TBT can be found here.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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