Beach Crew Staff

Michael Long – Men’s Head Coach

Years with Beach Crew: 5

Alma Mater: California State University, Long Beach

Contact: (929) 290-4644

Background: Michael Long started rowing at Long Beach State in 1982 as a walk-on novice. Over the next 4 years, he and his teammates coached by Ed Graham won the MV4 at the Newport Regatta, MVLwt 4 at PCRC’s (combined Pac-12/WIRA title), San Diego Crew Classic Cal Cup V8, WIRA V8 in 1984. During this period, he was invited to 3 USA National Lwt Selection Camps (top 16 twice). Won a National Title with Vesper in 1985 and  2nd in the 4- World Team Trials in 1984. Mike transitioned to coaching with Long Beach Jr. Crew and Long Beach State Lightweights in 1986. He graduated with a BS Degree in Kinesiology in 1986. He continued to coach as an assistant coach at Long Beach State in the following years  while juggling a career with the fire service. Notable achieving boats came 1989 V4 (UW Opening Day invitee, 4th PCRC’s/1st WIRA), N4 PCRC Champions (1st PAC-12/1st WIRA), 1990 MNLwt4 WIRA silver and 1991 MVLwt 4 WIRA Bronze. In 1992, he was named Men’s Head Coach and that 1992 crew rowed to an epic season. Winning the SDCC V8 Cal Cup and the SDCC Visitor’s Cup, V8 at the Newport Regatta, V8 Silver at State Championships. At WIRA, all men’s boats received medals. V8 silver, V4 silver and VLwt4 bronze.

In 1992 after that epic season with LB State, Mike accepted the Inaugural position as Head Coach of  the D-1 Women’s team at UC Irvine. He left UCI when his daughter was born with a life-threatening health condition. He returned to UCI in 2010 to rebuild the UCI women’s team after they were cut from D-1 status. By 2012, the V4 bronzed at WIRA and the team had 2 Novice women’s 8’s at WIRA (8th & 4th respectively). Mike left coaching again when his daughter was listed on UCLA’s heart transplant list. After receiving her heart in 2016, Mike came back to coaching in 2018 by reviving the defunct Chapman University rowing teams.  Coaching both men’s and women’s novice teams. The top performers were the WV2-  (6th overall, “A” final) and the WN4 (13th out of 23).

Recently retired after 32 years in the fire service, Mike is focusing his full efforts to coaching rowing….his true passion. Mike is looking to elevate Long Beach State’s Rowing to a status they have not seen for many years by focusing on difficult physical training, mental resiliency and steadfast resolve to the young men he coaches.


Ron Long – Men’s Assistant Coach

Years with Beach Crew: 6

Contact: (424) 477-6659

Alma Mater: California State University, Long Beach

Background: Ron Long is an alumni of Long Beach State and rowed in the ’89 Novice Men’s Crew that won Crew Classic and PCRCs. In 1990 he was the 6-seat in the Crew Classic California Cup championship team.

Ron then transferred to the University of Washington and made the Varsity 8+ that won at the Opening Day Regatta, University of Victoria Regatta, and placed 5th at Nationals in 1991.
Ron has also spent 3 years on the National Team, training at the San Diego Olympic Training Center and in Philadelphia. He has won the Intermediate and Senior division 4+ races at the Canadian Henley Regatta, has competed in the 1989 and 1990 Olympic Sports Festivals, and competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials.
Ron returned from the University of Washington to graduate from Long Beach State with a BS in Kinesiology in 1993.
Ron has coached swimming and rowing for over 25 years, and returns for his 6th year coaching rowing at Long Beach State. “It is great to be back where it all started,” Long shares. “This program has made me who I am, and I love building the program that built me.”
Ron, his wife, and two children reside in Torrance, CA.



Dylan Widjaja – Men’s Assistant Coach 

Years with Beach Crew: 3

Alma Mater: California State University, Long Beach

Background: Dylan Widjaja is an Assistant Coach for the LBSU Men’s Rowing Team. He graduated in December 2016 with a B.S. in Kinesiology – Exercise Science. He rowed competitively from the Fall of 2014 until he graduated in 2016. After graduation, he made a career change into Software Engineering, but was helping out on weekends when time allowed. Although his changed career from Kinesiology, he still gets to apply his education to coach.

Dylan primarily took part in individual sports growing up but always liked being part of a large team sport, which Rowing was able to provide. Since his first day of practice, he found himself fully invested in the sport. In the summer of 2016, he interned at the Junior National High Performance Rowing Team in Ashland, Oregon.

Dylan now works full time as a Software Engineer, but allocates time for practices every morning and weekends. He is privileged to coach his alma mater and contribute back to a team he has great sentimental value with.


John O’Donnell – Boatmaster

Years with Beach Crew: 16

Alma Mater: California State University, Long Beach

Background: Beach Crew Boatman, John O’Donnell, has the distinction of being on board with Beach Crew since 2004, the longest in the current lineup of staff. “Coach John,” as his rowers call him, is a mentor to all of his athletes. They love his passion to introduce the sport to many walk-on athletes as well as those continuing in the sport who have rowed in the past.

Coach John himself was a rower at CSULB in Coach Peter Mallory’s lightweight crew in 1974. John is a certified referee for US Rowing.

When asked why he loves the sport, his response was rather taken by surprise as he pointed out to a crew that just threw their coxswain in the water after winning a scrimmage. “You see that? That’s why I’m here doing this. You can’t experience that anywhere else.”

Brian Coriaty – Student Life & Development Adviser

Years with Beach Crew: 1