Lombardo LegacyJanuary 6, 2014 2 Comments
For over 40 years, Coginchaug has been honored to have an unforgettable leader, Mr. Ted Lombardo.
He has made huge impacts on many students’ lives, in many different ways. He reached kids through school work and as a coach. He taught at Coginchaug for 38 years and spent 41 years of his life as the athletic director, helping to make the sports program what it has become today.
Coach Todd Salva says, “I met Ted Lombardo in 1974. He has been my coach, teacher, athletic director, mentor and friend. Over the years I have had the privilege of witnessing Coach Lombardo interact with four decades of students. He gave them direction and guidance to achieve the skills that are so necessary for success whether in the classroom or on the playing field. I can speak from experience when I say that Mr. Lombardo unselfishly committed himself to the betterment of the community as a whole in Regional District 13. He has earned a well-deserved retirement from his home away from home. Congratulations, Ted, and yes, your phone will still ring.”
To be an athletic director, you must be committed to the school 100%. Mr.Lombardo says, “I was very fortunate to teach and be an athletic director here. I have no regrets and fond memories.”
He coached golf for 20 years at Coginchaug. Early on in the program, having Lombardo as the coach, the team was very successful and ended up winning two Shoreline Championships. Giving up that coaching spot was a very difficult decision.
For 14 years, he coached baseball.
Lombardo said, “The baseball ball job was open and that was the sport I’ve been involved in all my life; it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Outside of Coginchaug, Lombardo has coached for 17 years at Middletown American Legion where he helped kids become more successful at baseball. He also coached baseball at the University of Hartford for four years.
It was a hard choice for him to retire. He spent many years at Coginchaug and paid his dues helping with sports and teaching. In his life, he learned that there is nothing more important than being a teacher and impacting kids in a positive way.
Although Lombardo’s retirement is for the better for him at this time, it saddens many students who have had him as a teacher or coach. It is even hard on students who will miss just hearing his voice booming down the hallway.
Junior Naomi Rinaldo says, “Mr. Lombardo has always been dedicated to Cogincahug whether teaching, coaching, or managing all of our sporting events. He has been a role model for many people over the years, including myself, and is a true legend.”
Lombardo has showed Coginchaug and the towns of Durham, Middlefield, and Rockfall that he is fully committed to Coginchaug athletics.
Lombardo says, “I have no regrets and have made many fond memories.”
Every year that he spent teaching validated for him that there isn’t a more rewarding profession than being a teacher.
He plans to spend time with his wife down in Florida at their house, relaxing and golfing. He still plans to be involved in Coginchaug athleticsBlue Devil Sports, Features, Volume 20 - Issue 3