Coach Lombardo is in his first year (2019-20) at St. Mary's Ryken after spending 7 years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, helping Lynchburg to the 2015 National Championship Game. He also serves as the Athletic Director at SMR.
" I am most passionate about creating a transformational experience through developing championship culture that will not only prepare our young men for college, but for life. That is my purpose & vision as an educator; impact lives through who we are, what we do & how we do it."- Coach Lombardo
1. Academics- Our team GPA in Semester 1 of 2020-21 was 3.53. Coach Lombardo collects hard copies of grades from every player individually at every interim, quarter & semester. We also have a team study hall during the day & individual academic meetings with Coach for Academic Progress Updates to hold every player accountable to their personal best. The team expectation is a 3.5 GPA.
2. KNIGHT Club Testing- Starting in the fall we utilize our full time Wellness Director & Strength Coach and our state of the art facilities to prepare our athletes for our testing. The fitness tests include Bench Press, Pull Ups, Squats, 3x 300 Yard Shuttles & a partner passing stick work circuit of 500 touches. Those who meet or exceed all expectations are given a special shirt to wear to practice/workouts to acknowledge the effort & commitment to our culture & process.
Why S&C training year round? First, the number 1 determination of readiness for a freshman collegiate lacrosse player is preparation in the weight room & conditioning. Secondly, and most importantly, lifting weights & conditioning to a standardized expectation takes time, discomfort & commitment. It also leads to personal, mental & physical growth, while creating a winning edge & culture within the team. Experiencing a challenge and learning to pursue greatness in something you love to do is a valuable skill for ALL people, not just athletes. We embrace this because it is not easy. The goals we set are intentionally challenging, but our actions are consistent. This allows us to discover the qualities within us that we need to be champions in life!
3. Passion- Passion is the key to great achievement. We need to outwork & overachieve, but to do so, we need intrinsically motivated young men. To be driven from within, you must follow your passion. We want our young men to love playing lacrosse and to care deeply about representing SMR and our program.
4. Be the BEST Version of you- This is the end goal. To help each young man discover what is the best version of himself. We help our boys through self-discovery, challenge, reflection & taking ownership over their experience as an SMR Student-Athlete.
St. Mary's Ryken Lacrosse History & Tradition
The program began in 1989 and was started by former All-American Goalie, Coach John Sothoron. Coach Sothoron played under Coach Dick Edell at Towson State University. Over the next two and half decades, "Coach John" would take a school with no prior knowledge of lacrosse, to building a culture & identity where SMR became a "lacrosse" school. Coach Sothoron's teams often featured players that had little experience, but were exceptional athletes. The common denominator was HOW they played. SMR was known for discipline, toughness & a blue collar attitude that was willing to compete toe to toe with any program in the country.
Coach Sothoron would go on to not only win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship, but become a legend in Southern Maryland. Under Coach Sothoron, SMR became known for consistently producing some of the best players in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Boy's Lacrosse Locker Room inside the Donnie Williams Center
Strength & Conditioning Facility Inside the Donnie Williams Center & SMR Stadium
St. Mary's Ryken High School has a tuition. We believe SMR is what we call an INVESTMENT in your child academically, athletically & socially. You are paying for a service provided that is going to be a transformational experience. Your son will discover who he is, what he loves & how he can springboard to opportunities of pursuing his passion.
There are ways to offset the cost of tuition. The best way is to have great grades & test scores on the High School Placement Test. We do not offer athletic scholarship money. However, academic & merit based scholarships and need based financial aid are available for those who apply & qualify. It is critical that you apply for scholarship competitions & financial aid through TADS, if this is a concern for you. That is the most crucial piece of information. We have the BEST Admissions Team who are eager to answer questions!
Mrs. Brandy Watson