The Loss of a Legend

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that iconic AWHS Football Coach Armond Colombo passed away early Sunday morning at age 87.

Coach Colombo, perhaps the most celebrated and accomplished high school football coach in Massachusetts, and one of the most successful in the country, could justifiably take great pride in his long and storied career for all of its victories, league championships, undefeated seasons, and state championships, of which there were many. Much more important to him, however, were the thousands of young men he had the privilege to coach and positively impact, most of whom went on to success in college and in life because of the lessons learned, qualities and strengths discovered, opportunities afforded, and doors opened playing football.

Coach Colombo’s storied career began here at AWHS in the late 1950’s as an assistant to famed head coach and program founder Jack Garrity.  He succeeded Coach Garrity for the 1960 season, and continued the school’s unparalleled run of excellence. Over the next five years, his teams would have a combined record of 38 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties, capture five consecutive Catholic Conference Championships and win three straight Class B State Championships. Two of his teams were undefeated, and none of the five had more than one loss. Over his nine years at Williams, Coach Colombo’s teams were 55-20-3. During that time, they were considered one of the best high school teams on the east coast. When he retired in 2002, with a record of 316-101-5, Coach Columbo was the winningest high school football coach in Massachusetts history.

Tim Graham ’64 and Dave “Gino” Gemelli ’65, reminisced about playing football for Coach Colombo during a special event honoring him in 2015:

"Coach Armond Columbo meant so much to so many young men and helped mold, inspire, and lead so many great football players and teams. Notwithstanding his long-term success at Brockton High School, it was at Archbishop Williams that Coach Columbo made his mark as he established the best football program in the state. It is also at Williams that coach had his fondest memories."

Coach Colombo maintained close ties with his Williams players over the years. Their get-togethers remained a highlight in his and his players’ lives.

Archbishop Williams extends its deepest condolences to Coach Columbo’s family and friends, and to all those whose lives he touched. His lasting contributions to the AWHS community will be forever remembered, celebrated, and cherished.  

Funeral service information if the following:

Following cremation, a memorial gathering will be held in the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St. (Rte. 123), Brockton, on Thursday from 3-8 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St., Brockton. Interment will be private. 

Read his full obituary here

Induction Ceremony Video honoring, Distinguished Honoree Armond Colombo from the 2015 Archbishop Williams Bishops' Ball: A Celebration of Excellence