The Greece Central School District Board of Education recently approved two new varsity football coaches for the 2017 season.
Eddie Long will lead the Greece Olympia Odyssey Spartans, and Anthony Streb will coach the Greece Arcadia Titans.
Long is a name familiar to those with ties to Section V football and Greece Olympia. A 1991 Olympia graduate, Long was a running back for the Spartans. He was a three-time All-Greater Rochester player and two-time All-State athlete. He attended University of Connecticut on a full athletic scholarship and graduated as the school’s leading rusher.
Long’s coaching experience includes leading the Rochester Raiders arena football team to two championships. He has been with the Bishop Kearney High School football program since 2007, serving the last eight years as head coach. He most recently lead that team to back-to-back Section V championships.
Despite his success with other programs, Long always wanted to coach at Olympia.
“Everyone wants to go back to their alma mater,” Long said. “Olympia has made me the man I am today. I owe a lot to Olympia. This is my opportunity to give back.”
His first priority will be building relationships with the players. Students from Odyssey Academy joined Olympia’s football program in 2016, making them the Olympia Odyssey Spartans. Long sees his role as a coach, mentor, leader, role model and father figure, all of which require a trusting bond.
“Football is so much bigger than Xs and Os,” he said. “We’re building young men. Winning is the bonus.”
Olympia athletic director Kim Henshaw said Long will be very relatable to student-athletes, having lived their experience from the ground up.
Streb has 11 years of football coaching experience, especially in the Section V community. He was the head coach of the Elba Central School program from 2006 to 2009 and has worked as an assistant coach in Greece schools since 2010. He is a Hilton High School graduate and played running back for the Cadet and SUNY Brockport.
Steb said being named the Titan’s head coach is like coming home since he was an assistant with the 2010-14 program and coached the last two years with Olympia.
“I’m very excited to go back and lead the Arcadia program,” he said. “I want Arcadia football to be about life lessons, building character, discipline and hard work.”
Streb’s first order of business will be to increase participation in off-season strength and conditioning programs so his athletes are prepared for the season. He would like to grow overall participation in the program, and sees this coming season as a fresh start for Arcadia.
He encourages anyone interested to try out for the varsity team.
“Impress me,” he said. “I have no preconceptions.”
Athletic director Sue Penepent said it’s been 15 years since Arcadia has had a new head coach. She feels Streb is a great fit for the Titan community.
“He understands the history and traditions of Arcadia and will build upon them,” she said.
Long and Streb were selected after a rigorous interview process conducted by committees of coaches, teachers, administrators, students and parents. Olympia and Arcadia will go head-to-head in a crossover game next season on a date to be determined. Both agree that positive cross-town rivalries bring excitement to the community, something GCSD’s football program looks to build next year.