HIGH SCHOOL (Naperville North):Lettered three years in baseball and one in football...first-team all-state...DuPage County Player of the Year, DuPage County All-Area, all-Area team captain, first-team all-conference, DuPage Valley Conference MVP, NNHS MVP and team captain as a senior...batted .429 with 27 RBIs and struck out 67 in 59 ininngs pitched as a senior...team captain as a junior, batting .434 with 23 RBIs and struck out 70 in 60 innings...NNHS MVP and all-area as a junior...batted .349 with 20 RBIs as a sophomore...first-team all-conference in football...honor roll, academic all-conference...high school baseball coach was Carl Hunkler...played summer ball for the Illinois Sparks, coached by Joe Pistello.
PERSONAL:Has a younger brother...nickname is Chachi...favorite food is salmon and rice...favorite book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close...favorite TV shows are Impractical Jokes and ESPN...favorite movies are Act of Valor, Sandlot and Dumb and Dumber...person in history he'd like to meet is Jackie Robinson...something most people don't know about him is that he's an Eagle Scout...credits his parents as having the biggest influence on his sports career...favorite non-traditonal sports to watch on TV are the Olympics...son of Doni and Kristina Long.
Why I came to the Academy: "I came to the Academy because of the opportunities and challenges that it presents. At the Academy, it is very unique compared to any other school in the nation because of how much opportunity that one is presented with. I came to push myself in every aspect of my life and become a better man and leader. While the challenges are abundant and tough, I know I will become better for coming here in the end."