News Release, St. Mary’s Ryken High School
Leonardtown, MD- Beginning on July 1, 2020, Coach Jon Lombardo will assume the role of Athletic Director at St. Mary’s Ryken. He will also continue as Head Boys Lacrosse Coach. Coach Lombardo joined the SMR staff last year as the Assistant Athletic Director and Boys Lacrosse Coach. He is very familiar with the mission and values of the school, the structure of the athletic department, and operations of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC).
“Thank you to President Rick Wood, Principal Catherine Bowes, Dean Joe Wysokinski and the entire search committee for believing in my vision for enhancing the identity of the St. Mary’s Ryken Athletics program that aligns with the mission and vision of the school,” said Coach Jon Lombardo. “I am excited to continue working with great people to serve our students and the entire SMR community.”
“Coach Lombardo has been on our staff for one year and we are very impressed with his work ethic, passion for holding our student-athletes accountable in the classroom and on the field, and commitment to our values at St. Mary’s Ryken,” said Dean of Students, Mr. Joseph Wysokinski. “We are confident that he will continue to move our athletic program forward within the WCAC, and continue to create a positive culture among all of our teams.”
“Our philosophy within the athletics program will be to continue to create a transformational student experience through establishing our championship culture in alignment with the mission and vision of St. Mary’s Ryken and the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School values,” said Coach Lombardo. “The experience and culture will operate in three phases: 1. Structure in Athletics 2. Vision for Athletics 3. Impact through Athletics. I plan to continue these phases and implement these phases for our department starting immediately!” said Coach Lombardo.
While coaching Men’s Lacrosse at Lynchburg College, Coach Lombardo earned a Master’s Degree in educational leadership. His bachelor’s of science degree is in elementary education with a history minor that is also from Lynchburg College. During his time at Lynchburg as a student, Coach Lombardo played on the varsity men’s lacrosse team and was the team captain for two years. He also is a two-time Lynchburg Lacrosse Leadership Award recipient, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All American and two-time All Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection.