Mustang coach Terry Long newsok

Mustang coach Terry Long hugs Jakolby Long (1) near the end of a semifinal game in the Class 6A boys state basketball tournament between Mustang and Norman North at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, March 12, 2016. Norman North won 92-72. NATE BILLINGS/The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY - Just days after basketball practice opened at high schools across the state, Mustang coach Terry Long has resigned.

The school announced Long's decision in a news release Monday afternoon.

Long coached Mustang the last four seasons, leading them to the 2015 Class 6A state title, the first in program history. Prior to coming to Mustang, Long won three state championships at Douglass High School, his alma mater.

“Coach Long said that economically he has reached a position personally where he must make changes to provide for his family,” Mustang superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel said in the news release. “He’s heartbroken to make this announcement as the season has just started, but the time has come when he feels there is no other choice.”

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