My name is Bob Lombardo DC I am the owner of Gwinnett Lacrosse Academy.Our goal is simple, to teach Lacrosse in a fun and safe environment.
I started playing Lacrosse in 9th grade. I went on to earn a scholarship to play Lacrosse at Hofstra University. Hofstra University is located on Long Island, N.Y. and has a NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse program. I was one of the team Captains, a midfielder and also played on the man-down team killing penalties.
I was fortunate to play in the NCAA Lacrosse Division 1 playoffs 2 years in a row.
Unfortunately the first year we played John Hopkins in the first round and they went on to become National Champions. The second year we played Maryland in the first round and they too went on to become the National Champions.
Even though we lost I felt it was a great experience to play in two NCAA Playoffs.
I moved to Georgia in 1979 to attend Life Chiropractic College. While going to Life Chiropractic I played for the Atlanta Lacrosse Club. I graduated in 1982 and have been living here in Gwinnett ever since. I have practice chiropractic since 1982. I ahve worked with youth,high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes. Spesializing in sports injuries and nutrition and wellness coaching.
My wife and I have three sons. The 2 older boys Zach and Anthony are UGA graduates.
Zach has his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is working downton Atlanta. His wife Kirsten is a teacher at Duluth HS.
Anthony is working On the TV show Modern Family as a wrtters assistant and lives in L.A. His wife Alison a Norcross HS graduate is a Physical Therapist working in L.A.
My youngest son Nick graduated from Peachtree Ridge HS in 2010 where he played football and Lacrosse. He was the starting QB his junior and senior. His jnior year they played for the state football championship.
He left the Peachtree Ridge High School Lacrosse Program as the leading scorer every year for four years. He was a 2nd Team All-State Attackman and was honored as an Academic -All American by USLacrosse. He still holds the single season goal scoring record at Peachtree Ridge HS 67 goals 24 assists.
Nick played football for 4 years at Washington and Lee University. He was the starting qurterback for two years
Where they won 2 ODAC Championship Titles.
He is currently working for North American Properties as a Construction Supervisor.
I have been coaching for 26 years. I have coached youth football, baseball, basketball and Lacrosse. I have also coached football and lacrosse on the High School level. I always wanted to see lacrosse flourish in Gwinnett County. I knew it would do well since we have such great athletes in this county.
IN the Spring of 2004when Nick was in 6th grade in he asked me to start up a Lacrosse team. Although he played baseball and was good at it he wanted to play something more faced paced. So I rounded up some of his friends from his youth football team that I was coaching and put fliers in the local schools and ended up with 67 elementary and middle school boys and girls. I guess you could say that was the beginning of Lacrosse in Gwinnett County. There weren’t any leagues in Gwinnett. Mike Kane a former Lacrosse player at Rutgers University and I would hold practice during the week and have scrimmages on weekends at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross.
The following year Jones Bridge Park was being renovated so we needed to find a place to play. There was a new group of kids starting to play at George Peirce Park so we joined them and played 7th and 8th grade Lacrosse there.
The kids on my the 8th grade team were concerned about what
would happen in 9thgrade since there was no public high schools playing GHSA sanctioned Varsity Lacrosse in Gwinnett County. So I decided to start a Peachtree Ridge High School Club Lacrosse team. Everyone I knew thought I was crazy but I knew the kids would appreciate it and enjoy it.
We played in the NGLL the high school club league. We did that for two years. Then we started to push for lacrosse to become a GHSA Varsity sanctioned sport in Gwinnett County.
There were a lot of dedicated individuals that helped convinced the BOE of Gwinnett that Lacrosse would be good for the youth of Gwinnett. Dr. Flynn who was then the Principal of Peachtree High School and very supportive of our efforts helped us get on the BOE calendar and when 450 people showed up at that BOE meeting, the board recommended Lacrosse be allowed at Gwinnett County High Schools.
So in the Fall of 2008 Varsity High School Lacrosse became a reality. Two high schools elected to start Varsity Girls and Boys Lacrosse programs. Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill high schools were the first public schools with Lacrosse programs in Gwinnett County
I was a community coach for the Peachtree Ridge Varsity program for two years and I am currently the Head Coach for the JV program at Peachtree Ridge HS.
Since we now had Varsity Lacrosse going in Gwinnett High Schools I and a few other likeminded individuals Jonnie Botts and Scott Hall thought it would be very beneficial to the growth of both High School and youth Lacrosse if we started a youth Lacrosse league.
We thought it would make sense to fashion it after the very successful Gwinnett Football League. So we started the Gwinnett Lacrosse League in 2008 and had 450 participants. In our second season we had 800 players and last spring we had 1250 participants. Currently we have 1600 participants.
I am the President of the Gwinnett Lacrosse League and we are very excited about the growth of high school and youth Lacrosse here in Gwinnett County.
I recently was Honored on January 11th, 2015 with
Excellence in Growing The Game
by the Georgia Chapter of USLacrosse.
The Gwinnett Lacrosse League was honored to recieve The Gold Stick Award by USLacrosse for best practices and standards for youth League 1 of only 18 in the country.
I have been asked to do the color commentary for
Lacrosse On Fire TV. We will bring 20 Lacrosse games this fall a mix of College and high school on internet TV.
We look forward to working with you children.
Thank you for the opportunity,
Bob Lombardo DC