Littleton lands Asante Easter as head football coach – Lowell Sun
ITTLETON – After working under several mentors who taught him a lot more about the ins and outs of coaching, Asante Easter feels as if this is the perfect time for him to get his feet wet as a head coach.
Recently, the 27-year-old was named the new football coach at Littleton High, taking over for Mike Lynn, who over 20 years built the Tigers into a Central Mass. juggernaut.
Lynn, who is still the school’s athletic director, compiled a record of 150-78 during his tenure, which included one Super Bowl title, two Super Bowl finalist trophies, six league titles, five sectional championships, 13 straight playoff appearances from 2007-2019 and eight or more wins in 11 of the 20 years. He also believes that Easter is the perfect fit to take over.
“Our committee unanimously selected Asante Easter as our next head football coach because he has an outstanding football background as a player and a coach at the high school and college levels,” said Lynn. “Additionally, Asante presented a thorough plan and vision for our football program moving forward with him at the helm during his interview. Based on my interactions with Asante thus far, he has excellent communication and leadership skills, attributes that are essential for a head football coach.
“Additionally, every reference I spoke with regarding Asante, raved about him as a person and a coach.”
Easter was born in Queens, New York, and moved to Massachusetts, first to Brockton, before relocating to Taunton. He was a three-sport athlete at THS, excelling in football, basketball and volleyball. From there, he attended Fitchburg State and spent four years on the football team. As a cornerback and safety, Easter played 35 games in his career with 68 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
In 2016 he was invited to play for Team USA in the FISU World Championships held in Mexico. In the semifinal game against Japan, he was named the game’s MVP.
In the spring of 2016, just months after he finished up his career at Fitchburg, he was added to the staff for the spring season. He started as an assistant defensive backs coach, working under former Lowell High coach Scott Boyle.
“My mentor, Scott Boyle, was the defensive coordinator during my junior and senior years and then I coached underneath him for two years,” said Easter, who is also the owner of ‘Higher Expectations, a personal training company. “I learned a ton from him. I started off there as a cornerback, and then was moved to safety, really because of him. My understanding of the game completely changed (because of him). He allowed me to just be an athlete out there, without having to think and things just became second nature. I have been progressing with that as a coach, just making that progression by understanding the run game, understanding what offenses are trying to do, run wise against you. A big part of my maturation, that aspect of defense (is a credit to Boyle).”
Easter worked his way up the chain serving as the Co-Defensive Coordinator, the Special Teams Coordinator and as a Defensive Backs coach. On the other side of the Fitchburg coaching staff was Mike Donovan, who was working with the offense. The two worked together and then both left together when Donovan was named the head coach at St. Peter Marian High School and added Easter to his staff as the Defensive Coordinator. After one year, the school merged with Holy Name to become St. Paul High School. Easter spent a total of three years with the program and also said that he learned an incredible amount of knowledge from Donovan.
During last year’s season, St. Paul’s played Littleton and that’s when Easter got his first taste of Tigers’ Football.
“While we were prepping to play them, I learned a lot about the history that they have there,” said Easter, who likes to run multiple
different fronts defensively and spread and gap schemes offensively. “When I eventually learned that the head coach position was open, and as I went further into it, talking with Mike, who knows the tradition of Littleton football that he built here. Just hearing from guys who are from the Central Mass. area, that know what Mike and how the programs have been built the past 10 to 15 years, really intrigued me. I thought this was a no-brainer.”
“I’m excited to get to know the Littleton community.”