Growing up, Steve Lombardozzi always had a wealth of major league experience at home. His father, Steve Sr., played six seasons in the majors as a second baseman, winning a World Series with the Minnesota Twins in 1987. He was essentially Steve Jr.’s coach throughout his life.
Now, Steve Jr., 24, hopes to help his father on his new coaching endeavor. On Friday, Good Counsel High, a private school in Olney with a strong tradition of athletics, announced the hiring of Steve Sr., 52, as its new baseball coach. When his schedule will allow it, Steve Jr., a graduate of Atholton High in Columbia, hopes to lend a hand, too.
“I’m excited for him,” Steve Jr. said. “I think he’s going to have fun. It’s close near our house. He works really well with kids. And he spends a lot of time and enjoys helping kids and he’ll be able to see progress and hopefully impact kids lives on and off the field.”
The elder Lombardozzi has coached amateur baseball in the past and served as the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league infield coordinator in 2010. He has worked with high school baseball players in the past but never coached a high school team.
Good Counsel’s baseball season begins in March and lasts through May, which overlaps with Nationals spring training and the regular season. Good Counsel finished 18-10 last season, falling in the second round of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight season. They last won the title in 2010. Steve Jr. hopes to help his father as much as possible. Between the two of them, Good Counsel may have the most professional baseball experience of any high school team in the area.
“I’ll go over and help out,” Steve, Jr. said. “And go around and hang out with the team here and there. That’ll be fun.”