Alphonso Townsend

Lima Senior Release

(2-14-20) Lima Senior High School’s defensive line coach and former football standout Alphonso “Biggie” Townsend is the new Lima Senior head football coach.

The Lima School Board approved hiring Townsend at a special board meeting Thursday, Febuary 13.

***In late December, after Andre Griffin was not rehired,  it was reported by Peak of Ohio that former Bellefontaine head football coach Toby Smith would be named the new head football coach at Lima Sr and would teach physical education.

According to a Peak of Ohio story on February 8th-

Lima Sr. Communications Coordinator Beth Jokinen recently said:

“Smith is no longer a candidate.”

A 2000 Lima Senior graduate, Townsend was considered one of the top offensive and defensive linemen in the country.

He was a First Team All-American and ranked No. 3 among offensive linemen in the nation and No. 4 among defensive linemen by He also earned First Team All-Ohio honors and was listed among the Midwest’s top 20 players (No. 15).

Starting on both the offensive and defensive line, Townsend played at Fork Union Military Academy. He then played at Michigan State University and then attended the University of North Alabama.

For the past six years, Townsend has served as a campus protection officer at Lima Senior, while serving as the Spartans’ defensive line coach and as a lacrosse coach. He previously also worked on the basketball and baseball coaching staffs.