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Program History


             

On October1,1956 Longmeadow High School played it's first game ever under Head Coach Stanley Ursprung.  Quarterback Tom Patton scored the first touchdown in school history and led the team to a 6-0 victory over Commerce High School of Springfield.  The team played a 3 game schedule that year finishing 1-2.  The following year the team expanded to a six game schedule but the growing pains of the new program showed as the team finished the 1957 season 0-6. Just one year later the Lancers would celebrate their first undefeated season as Co-captins Paul Brouwer and Ed Mulkerin led the 1958 team to a 5-0-2 finish.

In the early 60's the footbll program had great success.  After just 4 years of varsity football the Lancers posted a 28-2 record from 1960 to 1963.  The "60" and "62" teams went 7-0 and were the first unbeaten, untied teams.  In 1961, the Lancers entered the Suburban League.  One year later the "62" team would win the schools first Suburban League Championship.  The 1969 team won another Suburban League title. In 1975, Stanley Ursprung would step down as head coach after twenty years.  His "74" and "75" teams posted back to back 7-2 seasons.

Assistant Coach Mike Deary took over the program in 1976.  Over the next 14 years Deary's teams won three Suburban League Championships (1979, 1984, and 1985) and had just 2 losing seasons.  From 1984 to 1986 the Lancers posted a 28-2 record.  The 1984 team (9-1) was the first Longmeadow team to play in a State Super Bowl Championship.  The 1985 team (10-0) won the first Super Bowl Championship in school history.  Deary stepped down in 1989 after one of the most successful coaching careers in Western Mass history.

Steve Bush (1990-1992) was the head coach in 1991 when the team played in it's third Super Bowl game.  Under Bush, the 1992 team was the 6th undefeated football team in school history, the 4th team to play in a Super Bowl game, and the 2nd team to win a State Super Bowl title. 

In 1993, Alex Rotsko became just the 4th Head Football Coach in Longmeadow history.  After finishing 6-4 the first year, the 1994 team suffered the only losing season during Coach Rotsko's career.  Over the next 17 years the team would go 175-28.  In 1997 and 1978 the Lancers won Suburban League titles and regional Super Bowls defeating Central Mass teams from Nashoba in "97" and Westboro in "98".  In 1999 Longmeadow moved into the newly formed AA Conference.   The team did not win the League tiltle the first 2 years but earned at large Super Bowl bids both seasons.  They defeated Shrewsbury for their 3rd consecutive Super Bowl title in 1999 but lost to the same Shrewsbury team in 2000.

For the next decade Longmeadow dominated Western Mass. football.  The Lancers won 10 straight league championships and lost just 3 league games in 11 seasons.  Highlights during those years included 4 undefeated seasons, just one loss in the league at home, and a Western Mass record 47 game win streak.  The team played in a state record 15 consecutive Super Bowl games and won 11 titles.  The Lancers won 4 straight Super Bowls (3 vs Leomister and 1 vs Fitchburg) from 2005 to 2008.  Longmeadow has played in and won more Super Bowls games than any team in the state.