COPPERAS COVE, Texas — Joe Lombardi, the voice of Copperas Cove sports for decades, died Thursday.
Known by many in Central Texas as “Big Joe” Lombardi, he lived in Copperas Cove for more than 45 years.
Lombardi loved sports, especially the Bulldawgs and Dallas Cowboys.
“It is hard to think of Copperas Cove without thinking about Big Joe Lombardi," Copperas Cove ISD Superintendent Joe Burns said. "Joe served as the 'Voice of the Bulldawgs and Lady Dawgs' for 45 years. He leaves a rich legacy of professionalism and commitment that we may never see again. He served as the announcer or master of ceremonies for everything related to CCISD, and he did it all with great pride and a style unique to him. We will miss him dearly and we continue to pray for Sherry and their family.”
CCISD Athletic Director Cari Lowery shared the same appreciation for Lombardi.
"He (Lombardi) is an institution and a legend in Copperas Cove,” Lowery said. “Thousands of athletes have grown up hearing Big Joe say, ‘Point Cove’ and ‘Go Dawgs.’ He has been a loyal friend and supporter of the Bulldawgs for as long as most of us can remember. He's been here for our successes and our failures and never wavered in his belief in our kids and our coaches. Just think of the history he’s been a part of in Bulldawg athletics.
“Joe came and found me the first day I was in Cove. He wanted to make sure I wanted him to announce for volleyball and that I knew how much he loved being a Bulldawg. From that day on I have been blessed to call Joe my friend.
“What an amazing life he lived and what an impact he made on so many. This town and our athletic department won't be the same without him. He will be deeply missed. Big Joe will always be the heart of the Bulldawgs.”
KXXV featured “Big Joe” in a 2017 article. CLICK here for more.
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