Our Lady of Good Counsel High School hits a homerun with new hire
Athletic Director Mark Jankovitz and the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School community is thrilled to introduce Stephen Lombardozzi, Sr. to its robust athletic department as the new Head Baseball Coach.
Lombardozzi, a World Series Champion, played second base for the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros for six seasons in the late 80’s. Lombardozzi’s professional accomplishments include being the leading hitter as second baseman for the 1987 World Championship Minnesota Twins. He also was Major League Baseball’s 1986 second baseman fielding champion, committing only five errors in 156 games and was voted the Minnesota Twins Rookie of the Year. In 1988 he was the keystone in an infield that established a new American League single season record for double plays turned. After his playing days were over, he coached amateur baseball at many levels and most recently spent time with the Pittsburg Pirates as their organization’s infield coordinator.
“We are extremely excited about bringing Steve on to our staff,” said Pat Bates, Principal at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. “His unique approach to coaching, focusing on repetition and development of instincts, will be extremely beneficial for our kids as they move forward to the next level.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is eager for the start of the season as Lombardozzi plans to revamp the baseball program and introduce a coaching staff with key members that have extensive experience in professional baseball. Under the new program, Good Counsel baseball players can expect a unique coaching style that concentrates on the development of players both on and off the field, including professional technical training in their specific positions. Whether a student-athlete has aspirations to play at the junior college, Division I or the Major League level, Lombardozzi plans to make it happen for each one of them.
“It was the right time for me to start this program,” said Lombardozzi, “and the students at Good Counsel have the qualities that are required to make a successful player—good work ethics, motivated, smart, respectful and athletic—and the facilities are perfect. We will be creating a new culture of baseball here.”
Lombardozzi has personal experience achieving his own dreams, and has second hand experience watching his son achieve his. Stephen Lombardozzi Jr., Lombardozzi’s son, is the starting second baseman for the Washington Nationals.
“I believe we should never put our children in a box, if a player has a vision, we need to keep the vision alive. We will give every Good Counsel player the tools, skills, mental components and resources that they need to realize their potential,” said Lombardozzi.
Good Counsel opponents, look out—Lombardozzi has a philosophy that sounds to be a winner.
“Everyone says that winning makes for fun, I believe the opposite; fun makes for winning and that’s what we are going to do—have fun,” said Lombardozzi.
To read more, check out the Washington Post article featuring the Lombardozzis.