Edna vs. Rice Consolidated

Former Edna head coach Jerry Long talks to the Cowboys after defeating Rice Consolidated in the playoffs last season.

Edna athletic director and head football coach Jerry Long is the subject of an investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, an official confirmed Tuesday.

Long, who has been with the Edna school district for two seasons, submitted his resignation Monday.

“We got a call yesterday morning related to inappropriate messaging with a female student,” said Sheriff A.J. Louderback. “We’re working diligently to get the investigation completed in as timely of a manner as we can.”

No further details about the investigation were available Tuesday. School district officials have started the search for a new athletic director and head football coach.

Robert O’Connor, superintendent of the Edna school district, said he would not comment about Long’s resignation but said the district is advertising the position.

“We have not made any decision yet in terms of – there are really three options,” O’Connor said. “We can either go in-house, we can name an interim or we can just totally open it up and hire somebody. It’s late in the game.”

O’Connor plans to meet with the board of trustees and determine a course of action.

“I will be getting a meeting set up with them,” he said. “We’ll have those discussions, and they’ll give me some directions, and we’ll roll with it from there.”

O’Connor said he has taken on the administrative duties handled by the athletic director.

“Right now, I am doing athletic director duties minus the coaching part,” he said. “I met with all the coaches. The coordinators are taking care of athletics, spring football and all that kind of stuff. I’m just taking over the logistics and paperwork approval, banquet, physicals and all that kind of good stuff. Some of them are the head golf coach and head track coach, and they’re involved in going to different activities right now.”

Long led the Cowboys to a share of District 14-3A, Division I championship last season and into the quarterfinals. The Cowboys went 12-2 last season and 20-7 during Long’s tenure.

Long was previously the head coach at Woodsboro, East Bernard and Corpus Christi Carroll.

He has an overall record of 119-42, and led East Bernard to the Class 2A, Division II state championship in 2012.

Advocate reporter Kali Venable contributed to this story.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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