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Canyon's Joe Lombard announces retirement


On Tuesday, Canyon High School head girls basketball coach Joe Lombard announced his retirement. Lombard is ending a legendary 42 year coaching career.

Lombard finishes his head basketball coaching career with an overall record of 1,379-133 and 19 state championships. He won 13 titles with the Lady Eagles and 6 in Nazareth.

Along with his state basketball championships, Lombard also has 7 state championships as a cross country coach. Lombard's 26 state titles is the most in UIL history.

In 1978 Lombard began his coaching career at Nazareth High School as the head girls’ basketball and cross country coach. Over the next seven years he won six state championships in basketball and two in cross country.

Lombard and his wife Babs are the only husband and wife who have won a state basketball championship the same year coaching teams in different classifications.

Named the Canyon High School head girls’ basketball coach in 1985, he has coached many talented and undefeated teams over the years. Lombard's 2003 team is the only texas girls’ team to have won the USA Today mythical National Championship.

Lombard has been named Texas High School Coach of the Year by the TABC and the TGCA many times and was name the National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2011.

More than 100 of Lombard’s players have received college basketball scholarships. He also has seven cross country state championships, including five undefeated season in Canyon from 1989-93.

Lombard has served as president of the TABC, the largest high school basketball organization in the United States. He has also been inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame and the Texas Girls’ Coaching Association Hall of Fame. He received the UIL Excellence Award in 2003 and was honored by Wayland Baptist University with the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Harley Redin Caoching Award.

In 2000 Lombard was named by the Amarillo Globe-News as one of the 100 Best Sports Legends of the 20th Century. He also has been named Canyon’s Citizen of the Year.

Lombard was twice recognized in Sports Illustrated‘s “Faces in the Crowd.”

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