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DeLong leaving Cameron for Georgia Tech

LAWTON, Okla (KSWO) - The Cameron University Athletic Department will look quite different next year. Another top notch coach is leaving CU. Softball coach Rodney DeLong, who has taken the program to new heights the last three years, is getting a shot at the division one level. DeLong has taken a job as an assistant Coach at Georgia Tech.

"It's a goal of mine to coach at the Division I level and it came a little quicker than I thought it would,” explains DeLong. “The opportunity kind of rose a couple weeks ago when their coach reached out. They offered a good deal. Offered to take care of my family. And it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

Delong, who took over the Cameron program in 2013, led the Aggies to a 105-60 record, three 30-plus win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances, and a program record 41 victories in 2015. Prior to landing at CU, DeLong coached at the high school level at Cache, where he won a state championship, and MacArthur.

DeLong states, "Cameron gave me a great opportunity at a pretty young age. Came in with no experience and they knew it and they still gave me the job. This was a big point in my career to get the college experience I need. And I'll be forever grateful.”

Unlike the Aggie men's and women's basketball programs, who were able to promote from within following the departures of Nate Gamet and Tom Webb, Athletic Director Jim Jackson will have to look outside the university for the next leader of the softball program.

"With the softball program, we do not have an assistant position, as of now,” says Jackson. “And so we're going to do a national search. There's going to be a lot of interest in this position because it's a good position. It's a good program. And Rodney has built this program in the last three years."

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