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     Paul Longo  

    Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

    Alma Mater:
    Wayne State '83


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    Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.

    High School: Adlai Stevenson High School

    College: Wayne State (Physical Education, 1983)

    Wife: Shannon

    Children: Son: Anthony; Daughter: Natalie


    1987 Wisconsin Assistant Strength Coach

    1988-92 Iowa Assistant Football Strength Coach

    1993-98 Iowa Head Football Strength Coach

    1999-2003 Iowa Olympic Sports Strength Coach

    2004-06 Central Michigan Head Strength Coach

    2007-09 Cincinnati Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

    2010-14 Notre Dame Director of Football Strength and Conditioning


    1988 Iowa Peach

    1991 Iowa Rose

    1991 Iowa Holiday

    1993 Iowa Alamo

    1995 Iowa Sun

    1996 Iowa Alamo

    1997 Iowa Sun

    2006 Central Michigan Motor City

    2007 Cincinnati International

    2007 Cincinnati Papajohns.com

    2009 Cincinnati Orange

    2010 Cincinnati Sugar

    2010 Notre Dame Sun

    2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports

    2012 Notre Dame BCS National Championship

    2013 Notre Dame Pinstripe


    1978-81 Wayne State Wide Receiver


    • Veteran strength and conditioning coach with 27 years of experience at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
    • Has trained championship-caliber teams in the Big Ten, BIG EAST, MAC and Notre Dame (reached BCS title game in 2012).
    • Six Notre Dame players drafted in 2013 and 14 others signed NFL contracts.
    • Worked in a similar capacity from 2007-09 at Cincinnati and has worked alongside Brian Kelly as his speed, strength and conditioning coach since Kelly's first season at Central Michigan in 2004.
    • Longo has instilled a grueling strength and conditioning program at Notre Dame that has helped the Irish become one of the top closing teams in the nation.
    • Through four years at Notre Dame, Longo and Kelly have helped the Irish secure a 30-3 record when leading after three quarters and are 30-4 when entering halftime with a lead. In the two seasons prior to Kelly's and Longo's arrival, Notre Dame was only 9-6 in games it led at halftime.
    • Notre Dame is 11-3 in the month of November under Longo and Kelly. Notre Dame had lost eight of its last nine November games before their arrival in 2010.
    • Under Kelly's watch at Cincinnati, the Bearcats were 32-0 when entering a fourth quarter with a lead and 29-2 when leading at halftime.
    • Since 2005, Kelly's teams are 70-4 when leading after three quarters and 69-6 when leading at halftime.
    • Stops at Wisconsin (1987), Iowa (1988-98), Central Michigan (2004-06), Cincinnati (2007-09) and Notre Dame have helped Longo produce more than 100 NFL draft picks.
    • Helped develop Michael Floyd, Harrison Smith and Tyler Eifert into first-round NFL Draft picks (2012-13). Floyd and Smith became first Irish teammates selected in first round of NFL Draft in 18 years.
    • In his first three seasons at Notre Dame, has helped produce five players drafted in the first 43 picks of the NFL Draft. Notre Dame hadn't had that many total players drafted that high in consecutive drafts since 1994-95.
    • Eight Cincinnati players were selected in 2008 and 2009 combined, equal to the combined total of NFL draft picks from Cincinnati in the previous five drafts.
    • At Central Michigan, Longo served as the head strength coach and helped develop five NFL draft selections, including his prized pupil, Joe Staley. Staley entered Central Michigan in 2003 as a tight end, graduated as a left tackle and became the first Chippewa to be chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft.
    • After becoming just the fifth Central Michigan player to participate in the Senior Bowl, Staley became the 28th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, picked by the San Francisco 49ers.
    • Staley caught 11 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season. Longo arrived with Kelly prior to the 2004 season and helped Staley pack on 80 pounds during his Chippewa career as he grew into an offensive tackle. He started 11 games at right tackle as a sophomore and moved to left tackle where he started all 25 games from 2005-06 and allowed only one combined sack in his final two seasons.
    • From 1988-2003, Longo served on the strength and conditioning staff at Iowa and worked primarily with football from 1988-98.
    • Worked with Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry as Longo served as the assistant strength coach for the football program from 1988-92 before being promoted to head strength coach for the Hawkeye football team in 1993.
    • Longo played a critical role in helping the Hawkeyes to seven bowl games including the 1991 Rose Bowl after Iowa claimed the Big Ten Conference championship in 1990.
    • The 1991 Hawkeyes compiled a 10-1-1 record and finished second in the Big Ten with a 7-1 ledger. Iowa was ranked 10th in the final polls after tying BYU in the Holiday Bowl.
    • Longo also made two trips to the Sun and Alamo Bowls and one appearance in the Peach Bowl.
    • Longo began his career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin in 1987.


    • He was a four-year starter at wide receiver on the Warriors' football team, set season and career receiving records and twice was the MVP.
    • Totaled 91 career receptions for 1,154 yards at Wayne State and paced the Warriors in receiving from 1978-80.
    • Longo went to training camps as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1982, Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 1983 and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 1984.


    OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

    • 2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American υ Two-time captain
    • 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Most Valuable Player υ 2013-14 ESPN.com All-Bowl Team
    • Participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl Game υ 2013 Phil Steele Fourth Team All-American
    • 2013 College Sports Madness Third Team All-American

    Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame)

    • 2012 Athlon First Team All-American υ 2012 CBS Sports First Team All-American
    • 2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American

    Louis Nix III (Notre Dame)

    • 2012 CBS Sports Third Team All-American

    LB Manti Te'o (Notre Dame), San Diego Chargers

    • 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year υ 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up
    • 2012 winner of the Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik, Lott and Maxwell Awards

    TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame), Cincinnati Bengals

    • 2012 Mackey Award Winner υ 2012 Pro Football Weekly First Team All-American
    • 2012 AP Second Team All-American υ 2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American
    • 2012 Sporting News Second Team All-American υ 2012 Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American
    • 2012 CBSSports.com Second Team All-American

    DE Connor Barwin (Cincinnati), Philadelphia Eagles

    • Second-round pick in 2009 NFL Draft by Houston Texans

    WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Arizona Cardinals

    • 13th overall selection in first round of 2012 NFL Draft

    S Harrison Smith (Notre Dame), Minnesota Vikings

    • 29th overall selection in first round of 2012 NFL Draft

    WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), St. Louis Rams

    • 2009 All-American; 2008-09 first-team all-BIG EAST

    OT Joe Staley (Central Michigan), San Francisco 49ers

    • 28th overall selection in first round of 2007 NFL Draft by San Francisco
    • Three-time All-Pro

    OT Ross Verba (Iowa)

    • 30th overall section in first round of 1997 NFL Draft by Green Bay
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