Bill was an average player as a freshman at McClancy, but his hard work throughout high school earned him his status as a McClancy All-Star and ultimately led to this evening … Bill’s induction into the McClancy High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bill led the CHSAA in scoring in 1976 averaging 28 points per game and was named to the All-City team by the Daily News, New York Post, and the Tablet. Along with leading McClancy’s squad that year in scoring, Bill also led the Crusaders in rebounding and was selected the team’s M.V.P. In the pre-three point era, Lombardi was to amass 1,000 points in two years of varsity ball. That year, the Crusaders won the Elmira Tournament and Bill was named the tournament’s M.V.P.
A number of colleges tried to recruit Bill that year, but he decided to continue his education and basketball career at Fordham University. He was named captain of the Fordham Rams as a junior. In addition to earning his undergraduate degree from the Jesuits at Fordham, Bill continued on and received his MBA at the Rose Hill campus.
His coaches consider Bill Lombardi as the consummate “team player”. Bill and his wife Kelly live in Atlantic Beach with their two children, William Jr. and Samantha. Bill would publicly like to thank his parents Frank and Mary for their support and sacrifices made through the years.