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Class of 1978
A basketball star who graduated as the all-time leading scorer in CCHS history, Mike Williamson '78 continues to be an integral part of the program as the program's freshman coach and varsity assistant under David Cohen ’92.
Mike grew up in the shadow of CCHS on Bristers Hill Road, and was a regular at Patriot games as a young child. Mike played a variety of sports, including baseball and football as a kid while attending Alcott and Sanborn, but chose to focus on his first love of basketball when he entered high school in the fall of 1974.
Playing in an era before three-point lines and shot clocks, Williamson was an undersized but tenacious small forward under Hall of Fame coach James Hayes and later Brent Clark, with shooting range that extended well beyond the free throw line. Also a tremendous rebounder who scored many of his points off the offensive glass, Mike was a two-time DCL All-Star and lead the league in scoring as a senior, when he averaged over 20 points per game. For his career, Williamson scored 1,037 points in just three years on varsity and graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer. Still the all-time leading scorer among boys, Williamson was eclipsed by Jenny Bryant and later Lisa Andrews on the girl’s side.
"My fondest memories of playing basketball at CCHS is sitting with Coach Hayes before my sophomore year and setting the goal of becoming the all-time leading scorer at CCHS," said Williamson. "Coach Hayes was such an influential man in my life, and his belief in me was important. We had a great group teammates that had played a variety of sports together, and it all came together with a DCL Championship in 1976. The experience of playing basketball at CCHS has stayed with me over the years, and it is an honor to continue to be involved as a coach with the current program."
Following CCHS, Williamson attended both Keene State and Northeastern. He has coached basketball in the area for many years, including serving as the varsity head coach at Westwood HS in the late 1980's. Mike has played an integral role in the recent and unprecedented success of the CCHS program under Cohen, helping the team reach the State Finals in 2014 and win back-to-back DCL titles the last two years.
A resident of Littleton for many years, Mike has worked as a mason and contractor in the area for two decades. He and his wife Margie, a CCHS classmate, have four children: daughters Amy and Katie and sons James and John in addition to grandson Michael.