Varsity Coaches

Steve Lombardozzi
Steve Lombardozzi
Varsity Head Coach
E-mail: sl@doubleplay.net

Coach Stephen Lombardozzi begins his inaugural career at Good Counsel for the 2012-13 school year. Coach Lombardozzi is a World Series Champion, playing second base for the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros for six seasons in the late 80s. Coach Lombardozzis professional accomplishments include being the leading hitter as second baseman for the 1987 World Championship Minnesota Twins. He also was Major League Baseballs 1986 second baseman fielding champion, committing only five errors in 156 games and was voted the Minnesota Twins Rookie of the Year. In 1988, he was the keystone in an infield that established a new American League single season record for double plays turned. Coach Lombardozzis post-professional career has included coaching amateur baseball at many levels and recently working with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their organizations infield coordinator.

Under Coach Lombardozzis leadership, Good Counsel baseball players can expect a unique coaching style that concentrates on the development of players both on and off the field, including professional technical training in their specific positions. Whether a student-athlete has aspirations to play at the junior college, Division I or the Major League level, Lombardozzi plans to make it happen for each one of them. "It was the right time for me to start this program," said Lombardozzi, "and the students at Good Counsel have the qualities that are required to make a successful playergood work ethics, motivated, smart, respectful and athleticand the facilities are perfect. We will be creating a new culture of baseball here."

Coach Lombardozzi lives in Howard County and has a grown daughter, who graduated from James Madison University and a son, Steve Jr., who plays second base for the Washington Nationals.

 

Frank Kolarek
Frank Kolarek
Varsity Assistant Head Coach
Senior Placement Coordinator, Pitching and Catching Coach
E-mail: fkolarek@leagueofdreams.org

Coach Frank Kolarek brings to Good Counsel an extensive sports background as a professional player and coach with the Oakland Athletics, and as a scout with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. After 15 years in professional baseball, Coach Kolarek returned to his alma mater, the University of Maryland, to coach and teach.

Coach Kolarek has served as the Director of Baseball and Softball for Special Olympics International with programs in 152 countries, as well as the National Special Programs Director for the USA/Amateur Softball Association. He continues to be regarded as one of the country's top clinicians in baseball and softball, presenting to schools, training centers, camps and youth groups.

Coach Kolarek has a professional background in marketing, having held positions as Corporate Marketing Director for the University of Phoenix, the Cal Ripken Sports Training Center with Sinai Health Systems, and Vice President of Navy Run, Jump and Throw.

Coach Kolarek is currently President and Founder of the League of Dreams, Inc. a National Organization whose mission is to provide baseball, softball and volunteer outreach opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their physical or mental challenges. At the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star game, Coach Kolarek was one of only 30 individuals nationwide recognized by Major League Baseball and People Magazine as an "All Star Among Us" for his League of Dreams Foundation.

 

Tom Kolar
Tom Kolar
Varsity Assistant Coach
Bench Coach

Tom Kolar has taught and coached at Good Counsel since 1965. He currently teaches U.S. History, Latin American Studies and African Studies. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA) and University of Maryland with a Masters in Secondary Education.

Mr. Kolar's coaching career includes:

  • Football - Varsity Assistant Coach for 36 years
  • Football - Varsity Head Coach for 6 years (44 wins, 22 losses, 3 ties), 1995-2000, 2 WCAC division championships
  • Football - Varsity Assistant Coach for 6 years at Montgomery Blair High School
  • Baseball - Varsity Head Coach for 6 years, 1972 league champions
  • Baseball - Varsity Assistant Coach for 10 years
  • Track - Assistant Coach for 4 years
  • Basketball - Assistant Coach for 4 years

Coach Kolar and his wife, Elizabeth, have 2 daughters, Kathleen and Sara, and 4 grandchildren: Brennan, Nolan, Fiona, Patrick Alois.

 

Brad Pflieger
Brad Pflieger
Varsity Assistant Coach
Catching

Coach Pflieger graduated from Good Counsel in 2007 and played catcher for the Falcons all 4 years at GC. His baseball career includes being a member of the varsity 2006 WCAC Championship team. Coach Pflieger also played ball for the Maryland Red Dogs, a team that included major leaguers Steve Lombardozzi Jr., Adam Kolarek, and coached by our very own Coach Lombardozzi.

Coach Pflieger currently works at Good Counsel as an assistant to the head of grounds, and is an aspiring fire fighter currently enrolled in the Fire Science program at Montgomery College.

 

Tim Dec
Tim Dec
Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Dec graduated from Good Counsel in 1976 and was a member of the '75-'76 varsity baseball team. After graduation, Coach Dec continued his baseball career at Mount Saint Mary's University as a four year starter from 1976-1980.

Coach Dec lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife Lori. They have two daughters: Tori is a 2011 graduate of Good Counsel and currently a sophomore at Elon University in North Carolina, and Cara, a freshman at Good Counsel and a member of the varsity tennis team.

Coach Dec retired at the end of 2012 after 32 years in corporate finance and looks forward to the challenge of working with the seasoned coaching staff and excellent young student/athlete's at Good Counsel.

 

Junior Varsity Coaches

Kory Smigocki
Brian Allen
Junior Varsity Head Coach

Coach Brian Allen begins his high school coaching career at Good Counsel for the 2014 season. A 1980 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School (Wichita, KS), Coach Allen was a two-sport, All-City player in football and baseball.

Coach Allen pursued a football career at the University of Idaho where he set records as a wide receiver at the University. He was then drafted by the USFL Oklahoma Outlaws, ultimately playing for the Edmonton Eskimos (’83) in the CFL and in the NFL for the Washington Redskins (‘83).

Over the last 20 years, Coach Allen has coached youth football, baseball and basketball for multiple local athletic organizations, and most recently served as an assistant coach for a top elite baseball program in Maryland. Coach Allen also founded a sports performance company, Pro-Styfitness.com, to work with young athletes on developing speed, strength and agility, while also teaching specific sport techniques.

Professionally, Coach Allen has been a mortgage professional for 20 years and is currently a Senior Mortgage Banker with Monarch Bank in Rockville.

Coach Allen lives in Montgomery County with his wife of 25 years, Bernadette. They have five wonderful children, two of which are college graduates and another is a freshman at McDaniel College playing football. His fourth child, Bailey, who had very special needs, sadly passed away October 28, 2013 at the age of 16. His youngest child is 11 and currently plays baseball for the Olney Pirates.

 

Kory Smigocki
Kory Smigocki
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Smigocki graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 2009, where he started on varsity as a middle infielder / pitcher for 3 years.  High school accolades include:

  • 1st team All-Gazette (2009)
  • 1st team All-County (2009)
  • All Met Honorable Mention (2009)
  • Brooks Robinson Senior All-Star Team (2009)
  • Mid-Atlantic All-Star (2009)
  • ESPN Rise Top Regional Players (2009)
  • Gaithersburg High School MVP Award (2009)
  • Gaithersburg High School Gold Glove Award (2007)

Coach Smigocki continued his baseball career playing four years of varsity baseball at Catholic University, where he was a Scholar Athlete, Landmark Conference Champion (2011), and NCAA Tournament participant (2011).  He graduated in May 2013 with a degree in Accounting, and is currently working on his masters in accounting at the University of Maryland.  He is also an assistant coach for the Gaithersburg Giants MCBL summer team.

 

Freshman Coaches

Kory Smigocki
Matt Lubaszewski
Freshman Head Coach

Coach Lubaszewski received his high school diploma from Penn Foster. He played competitive travel baseball throughout high school, as well as Varsity Baseball for three years and Varsity Basketball for two years with the CHEN Chargers. In addition, he played one year of Varsity Football with the Central Maryland Christian Crusaders.

Coach Lubaszewski’s coaching and training experience includes:

  • Baseball Hitting, Fielding, and Catching Instructor at BASES Training Facility
  • Vice President, Kingson Royals Youth Athletic Ministries
  • Head Baseball, Coach 13U & 14U “Select” Kingson Royals Youth Athletic Ministries
  • Assistant Coach, 15U & 16U Spring Grove Baseball Club
  • Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Christian Home Educators Network
  • Hitting Coach, Catonsville Baseball
  • Head Coach, 13U Sandlot Academies

In addition to his baseball expertise, Coach Lubaszewski’s professional accomplishments include:

  • EMT-B Certified (Volunteer EMT-IVT at Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department)
  • EMS 2nd Lieutenant at Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department
  • Certification: EMT-Basic - Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue Academy
  • Certification: IV Technician, Hazmat Core Competencies, EMS Leadership Training and others - Baltimore County Fire Rescue Academy

 

Coaching Staff

Mike Clark
Mike Clark
Staff

Coach Clark is a graduate of Good Counsel, class of 2000, where he played football and baseball. As well as coaching baseball, he coaches football at Good Counsel. Coach Clark played club baseball at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a personal trainer who specializes in speed and agility and works with many athletes in various sports. Coach Clark is married to Megan (Dean) Clark, a 2003 Good Counsel graduate and a teacher there as well. They have two children, Liam and Emma, and reside in Olney.

 

Rich Graves
Rich Graves
Staff

Coach Graves has been coaching baseball for 15 years in the Montgomery County Baseball Association (MCBA), American Legion and at Good Counsel High School. Coach Graves' coaching career highlights include:

  • Varsity Assistant Coach at Good Counsel High School, 2006-2009
  • Head Coach of MCBA Burtonsville Select, 2001-2006
  • MCBA Coach of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Assistant Coach for American Legion Baseball, 2006-2009
  • Assistant Coach for MCBA, 1996-2000

Coach Graves is a Montgomery County Police Officer. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife, Terry. They have one daughter, Kristy, a 1996 graduate of Good Counsel and a physical therapist. They also have four sons: Kevin, a 2002 graduate of Good Counsel, Assistant GC Cross Country Coach and networking specialist at GEICO; Mike, a 2004 graduate of St. John's College High School and Montgomery County Police Officer; Paul, a 2009 graduate of Good Counsel and a mechanic's assistant; and Kyle, a 2010 graduate of Good Counsel and currently a sophomore running Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track for Wake Forest University.

 

Paul Graves
Paul Graves
Staff

Coach Graves graduated from Good Counsel in 2009, having pitched for the Falcons all four years. His baseball career includes being a member of the Varsity 2006 championship team. After high school, Coach Graves played first base and pitched for Montgomery College and Kings College. He also played American Legion Baseball for Cecil Saxon for three summers. Coach Graves currently works as an assistant mechanic and studies auto mechanics at Montgomery College.