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Coaches Bios

The following coaches will be teaching and coaching during camp sessions.  

Jay Long-Head Coach Chadron State College

2013 - No doubt about it, Jay Long had the most successful first season a football coach at CSC has ever had. Under Long's guidance, the Eagles went 9-3 overall, 8-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and hosted West Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Eagles ended the season as the 18th ranked team in the nation by both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com.

Long, who also serves as the offensive line coach, guided three all-conference performers and mentored All-American and NFL player, Garrett Gilkey. In addition to Gilkey, four other Eagles earned All-American honors and the Eagles once again led RMAC selections as all-academic student-athletes.

Long is the 25th head football coach at CSC and the third who also played for the Eagles. Orin Weymouth and Ruffus Trapp also played and coached for Chadron State but a former football player hasn’t coached for the school since 1937. Prior to being hired at Chadron State in February 2012, Long spent three seasons as the head coach at Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., where he has guided the Yellowjackets to a 15-15 record.

Prior to being the head coach, he was an assistant coach at the school from 2003-09. During that time he served as the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and the strength and conditioning coach. The Yellowjackets won two conference titles and appeared in the NAIA playoffs two times while Long coached the offensive line.

Long, who graduated from Chadron State College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in science, was a two-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection at center and also earned Farm Team All-American honors. He also wrestled at heavyweight and qualified for the national tournament for the Eagles. For Long, a native of Sturgis, S.D., returning to his alma mater was an easy choice.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to coach where I played,” he said. “When I was in the interview I sat down in front of my old locker and it just felt right. When I had questions asked of me in regards to the program, it just felt right. The tradition at Chadron State speaks for itself. I’ve been part of three RMAC championships as a player and now I’m excited for the opportunity to coach and try to win them.”

Long said he intends to maintain Chadron State’s strong football tradition. The Eagles have won eight conference titles and have been one of the most consistent Division II programs in the country, having at least six wins in 20 of the last 21 seasons. “I am a Chadron guy who can’t wait to build onto the traditions that were built by the previous coaches before me,” Long said. “Chadron is a great place and after talking to the team in my interview they are excited to have a coach and moving toward being the top team in the RMAC. “I loved my experience at Chadron. It’s been such a successful program and I am very proud to be part of that as a player and now as a head coach. I’m going to bring effort with intensity and we’re going to play a Chadron State brand of football. It’s a hard thing to explain, but we’re going to outhit, outwork and outplay our opponents.”

Long and his wife, Kresi, have three children, Carson, Kaelee and Alivia.

Brandon Ratcliff- Chadron State

Kyle King- D-Line and S&C Coach Chadron State

2013 - Kyle King, a native of Chico, Calif., is a second-year graduate assistant for the Chadron State football team. He works primarily with the defensive line. In addition, King is an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

In 2012, King coached an effective defensive line, led by all-conference performers Keifer Burke and Jan Karlos Medina. Burke led the team with 7.5 sacks and added 16.5 tackles for loss.

King, like other second-year CSC graduate assistant coaches Josh Redden, Richard Fairhead and Josh Breske, played and coached at Black Hills State.

King, who played in the defensive line at both Modesto Junior College and Black Hills State, spent two seasons as a student coach at Black Hills State before joining the CSC staff.

                        BJ Robertson-Head Coach University of Montana Western

B.J. Robertson returns to his Alma Mater as head coach for the 2013 season after building a successful career as an assistant coach in programs at Rocky Mountain, Southern Oregon, and Rockford College.  

Robertson has served as assistant head coach, strength and condition coach, recruiting coordinator, special teams and as a position coach on both sides of the ball.

Robertson, originally from Sheridan, Mont., was a running back onthe 1994 Frontier Conference championship and Montana Western Hall of Fame team. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Montana Western in 1998.

Adam Husk- D-Line and S&C Coach Rocky Mountain College

Coach Husk grew up in Colorado Springs playing football at Mitchell High School. In 2005, Adam came to RMC and played defensive line and graduated with a degree in physical education and health. Coach Husk is now a P..E. teacher and strength coach at Huntley Project High School as well as working with the Battlin' Bears.

Adam coaches the defensive line where he has helped to produce players who have received all-conference 1st team honors.

Boone BowkerBoone Bowker- Current Player Black Hills State University

Boone grew up in Big Piney and played football for four years for the Punchers. Boone played offensive and defensive line, earning all conference and all state in 2009 and 2010, as well as being named to the Casper Star Tribune Super 25 Team 2010.  Since then he’s been playing at Black Hills state since 2010 where he is a two year starter at defensive end.  He has been on scholarship, he has earned the Jacket Pride award and the Landon B. Daniels Award .  He plans on graduating from BHSU in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and Exercise Science.  His future goals are to coach football and teach PE in Wyoming.

Aaron Makelky: Head Coach at Big Piney High School   
Coach Makelky has been the Head Coach for the Punchers since 2012.  Prior to his current position, he also served as an assistant coach for Timber Lake HS (SD) and Bozeman HS (MT).  In addition to coaching football, he also coaches middle school wrestling. Coach Makelky has served as both an offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinator at the high school level, as well as coached the offensive line,  defensive line, tight ends, and receivers.  He is passionate about coaching the line, and brings an energetic and enthusiastic attitude to practices and lifting sessions.  When not coaching football, Coach Makelky enjoys spending time with his wife Megan and their child, as well as fly fishing, teaching social studies, and being outdoors.  He can be reached at:
(307)-276-3324 Ext 4131 or amakelky@sublette9.org

Eric Makelky: Assistant Coach at Pinedale High School

Coach Makelky has been coaching football for the Wranglers for the past 5 seasons.  He is currently serving as the defensive coordinator and O-Line/D-Line coach.  In addition to coaching football, Coach Makelky also serves as the head coach for the Pinedale Middle School wrestling team.  He enjoys coaching, fly fishing, snow-machining, four-wheeling, and teaching social studies.  Coach Eric Makelky can be reached at (307)-367-2821 or emakelky@sub1.org .
Aaron Makelky,
Apr 7, 2014, 2:26 PM