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AYER — Ayer Shirley Regional head track coach Jamie Lamoreaux has had his fair share of major accomplishments over his career.

Now, after 36 years with the program, he has decided to retire from his post.

Lamoreaux leaves behind a legacy of helping to guide multiple state champions, as well as pulling off one of the most remarkable track titles in Central Mass. history.

Above al,l he was a mentor and friend to hundreds of students.

“I’m retiring after 36 years of coaching and 32 years of teaching,” Lamoreaux said. “Ayer’s had a great tradition of track athletes dating from the Morris brothers, and a number of state championships.

I had a great career, great athletes, and now I’m winding my career down. We’ve had a great run, and it’s been mostly because of the athletes I’ve had; they’ve been great and made it possible.”

Lamoreaux started out as an assistant coach with the program in 1980, and has spent the past 19 seasons as head coach.

He also coached football at the school from 1980 to 2012, serving as head coach from 1984 on.

In his early days, Lamoreaux had the pleasure of coaching some of the best track athletes in Central Mass. history, who were some of the nation’s best at the time.

The focal point came in his first years of coaching, when he coached Mike, Larry and Jamie Morris, part of the famous group of four brothers (along with Joe) who will go down among the best group of running backs in the history of Central Mass. football.

Mike Morris set the all-state championship meet record in 1981 in the 100 meters at 10.4 seconds, a record that still stands.

He later won the New England championship (10.36).

That year he also set the national high school record in the event at 10.31.

Other track accomplishments for Mike Morris included being an All-American at Syracuse University in the 55-meter dash; he can boast beating Carl Lewis three times in the 100 meters; and he reached top-10 status in the world in the 100 before his track career was over.

The three brothers, along with Neal Connor, formed a New England champion 4×100 relay team.

Connor won the state title in the triple jump that year, as well, and his jump of 49 feet, 6 inches still stands as a state championship record, along with Morris’ 100 time.

In 1983 Jamie Morris set the District All-Class record in the long jump at 23-10.50, which stood until the MIAA disbanded the meet.

“Mike Morris was the best kid in the country,” Lamoreaux said.

“The Morris brothers were all great athletes.”

Although his first years featured some of the best track athletes in the history of Massachusetts, Lamoreaux’s biggest coaching accomplishment likely came in 2007, when Ayer did something many had deemed impossible.

The District All-Class Meet — which has since been replaced by the Central/Western Mass. Division 1 and Division 2 meets — was a true Central Mass. championship. All schools, from the biggest to the smallest in the region, competed against each other.

Historically, the problem with the meet was that the small schools like Ayer had no chance to win it because track is a numbers game, and a school like St. John’s of Shrewsbury has five times as many boys to draw from than Ayer.

Star power wins the meet, but a team with 100 athletes is bound to have more stars than a team with 20.

The theory proved true up until that fateful day at Fitchburg State University in 2007.

Lamoreaux prides himself as an elite throwing coach, and Donald Trinque won the javelin, Garrett Lockhard won the discus and Trinque and Lockhard went 1-2 in the shot put.

Isiah Connor and Antoine Payne went second and third in the triple jump, Charlie Jones claimed third in the high jump and Connor and Jones combined to help the 4×100 claim gold with a meet record.

By meet’s end Ayer had 76 points to win handily. Ayer was the first Mid-Wach D school to ever win the meet, which will likely go down as one of the biggest Cinderella stories in Massachusetts high school track history.

“We were a tiny team, and we were Central Mass. champions, beating Wachusett and St. John’s,” recalled Lamoreaux. “We only competed in 16 events because we didn’t have pole vault.”

In Lamoreaux’s first 16 years as head track coach, he won 13 Mid-Wach D titles.

He also won three straight District Class C titles from 2006-08.

The Ayer Shirley boys this season fought hard to give Lamoreaux one last title at the Mid-Wach D Championship Meet on May 17.

Star sophomore Ethan Matthews won the 2-mile and came in second in the mile and Dwight Richard, Zachary Patton and Darren Zinsouply went 1-2-3 in the discus.

In the end, Littleton was a little too deep, as the Tigers came in first with 176 points and Ayer Shirley settled for second with 152.

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