Lombard Leaving Littleton Program
Saying he wants to spend more time with his family, Mike Lombard has stepped down as Littleton High’s boys basketball coach.
Lombard coached the Tigers to a 163-102 record over the past 12 seasons after coaching the Littleton girls for one season.
“You don’t really realize until the kids get older how much you’re missing out,” said Lombard, the father of a son, Jackson, a 16-year-old sophomore, and a daughter, Alison, a 15-year-old freshman.
Both are Parker Charter students.
Alison plays basketball at Parker, while Jackson is a “6-foot-4 artist,” his dad said with a laugh.
“I just want to be involved,” Lombard said.
Lombard guided Littleton High to 2010, 2011 and 2013 Mid-Wach league championships. In 2013, the Tigers won the Clark Tournament and captured the Central Mass. Division 3 title.
“I got really lucky. When I first started coaching the boys, there was a dedicated group of parents. I walked into a very talented group,” he said. “It was certainly a great ride. You hear horror stories about parents. I just didn’t see any of that at Littleton.”
Lombard is considered one of the top basketball players in Wilmington High history, even if he’s very humble of his accomplishments.
A 1,000-point scorer in high school, the 1988 WHS graduate attended Dartmouth College, where he played four seasons of basketball.
An insurance agent who lives in Ayer, Lombard said he would like to return to coaching at some point.
“Coaching’s in your blood. I’ll coach again. I just don’t know when,” he said.