Zach Long, a native of Rutledge, Tennessee, is the 2018 recipient of the Coach Chuck Rohe Leadership Award. The local Vol has served as a team captain of the distance group and enjoyed his best year of competition as a junior in 2017-18. He set the indoor program record in the 3000 meters (7:59.15) and the outdoor record in the 5000 meters (13:39.22). During the outdoor season, he took third in the 1500m at the SEC Outdoor Championships 1500 with a time of 3:47.53. In fall 2017, he also earned Cross Country NCAA South Regional honors and placed 10th at the SEC meet.
According to director of track & field/cross country Beth Alford-Sullivan: “It was great for Zach Long to receive the Chuck Rohe Leadership Award for his leadership in the 2018 season. Zach has stepped in to the role of not only being a strong team leader and example but also a great athlete who has produced SEC and NCAA and school-record caliber performances. Zach leads with great integrity, great passion, and great ambition to give his all to Tennessee whenever he suits up in the Orange and White. He represents Coach Rohe’s legacy to the fullest.”