For­mer Coleman coach earns honor

Lom­bardi will be en­shrined in MAAC Ex­pe­ri­ence at Hall of Fame

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

Kingston res­i­dent and for­mer John A. Coleman High stand­out coach Les Lom­bardi will be en­shrined in the MAAC Ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hibit at the Nai­smith Me­mo­rial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Oct. 15 at the an­nual Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence bas­ket­ball Honor Roll event.

After an 18-year coach­ing ca­reer, Lom­bardi was se­lected by John Stote, a Coleman High alum, to head up “The Rock” Team at Ana­conda Sports. Dur­ing his ten­ure, he made “The Rock” syn­ony­mous with bas­ket­ball. He con­tin­ues in that ca­pac­ity to­day.

After spend­ing most of his time at Marist Col­lege play­ing bas­ket­ball on the col­lege’s ju­nior var­sity squad, Lom­bardi was hired as JV bas­ket­ball coach. He also coached track and taught English at Coleman Catholic High School in the town of Ul­ster.

Four years later after com­plet­ing an un­de­feated sea­son, he moved to Churchill High School in Po­tomac, Maryland, to coach its bas­ket­ball team.

Within five years, he took the team to two con­sec­u­tive AA County Ti­tles and a Maryland State AA Cham­pi­onship. In 1978, he coached the Cap­i­tal All-Stars over the U.S. All Stars in the McDon­ald’s Cap­i­tal Clas­sic.

He then moved onto the Di­vi­sion III Delaware Val­ley Col­lege in Doylestown, Penn­syl­va­nia, where he served as head coach for seven years and taught speech and mass com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In ad­di­tion, he headed the lib­eral arts cul­tural pro­gram and served as di­rec­tor of res­i­dence life for two years.

The MAAC be­came one of the first Di­vi­sion I Con­fer­ences to adopt “The Rock,” and many oth­ers fol­lowed suit.

In 2005, while in Ire­land with his wife, Mary Ann, who was teach­ing there as a Ful­bright Scholar, Lom­bardi es­tab­lished “Hoops acorss the Ocean,” an in­ter­na­tional ex­change pro­gram.

With the sup­port of then-Coleman Coach Alex Al­bany and par­ents of stu­dents at the high school, teams from Ire­land and China have vis­ited Kingston and lived with host fam­i­lies. In turn, ex­change stu­dents from Coleman trav­elled to Ire­land to play bas­ket­ball while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an­other cul­ture.

Lom­bardi is also in­volved with the Kingston Boys & Girls Club and newly

formed Ul­ster County Ital­ian-Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion.

The Lom­bardis have two mar­ried chil­dren. His daugh­ter, Joslyn, and her hus­band, Greg, have a 6-year-old son Ni­cholas, al­ready a bas­ket­ball lover. His son, Jared, and

his wife, Amanda, have a daugh­ter, Har­riet, also a bas­ket­ball en­thu­si­ast.

Ron Fox­croft, who served as a FIBA and NCAA bas­ket­ball of­fi­cial and worked four NCAA

Tour­na­ments and games across 30 coun­tries dur­ing a ca­reer that spanned from 1963-1999, is also slated to be in­ducted to the MAAC Ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hibit.

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