Tony Lombardi
Biographical details
BornJanuary 29, 1962
Park Forest, Illinois
Playing career
1980–1983Arizona State
Position(s)Running Back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wisconsin (defensive backs)
Mankato State (DC)
Eastern Michigan (linebackers)
Eastern Michigan (DC)
Eastern Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall0–1 (.000)
College Football Data Warehouse

Tony E. Lombardi (born January 29, 1962) is an American football player and coach in the United States.

Playing careerEdit

Lombardi attended Rich East High School in his hometown of Park Forest, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, graduating in 1980.[1] While in high school, he played tailback on the football team, which was coached by his father, Bob Lombardi.[2]

Lombardi played running back for the Arizona State University Sun Devils from 1980 through 1983, and was awarded a varsity letter for all four years of play.[1] Lombardi went undrafted in the 1984 NFL Draft and signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears.[3] However, he did not make the team's roster.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Assistant coachingEdit

After spending the 1985 season as defensive coordinator for his alma mater, Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, Lombardi served as defensive backs coach for the Wisconsin Badgers while earning a Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1989 through 1996 he was the defensive coordinator for the NCAA Division II Mankato State Mavericks (now Minnesota State University).[1]

In 1997, then-head coach Rick Rasnick hired him as the linebackers coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles, and in the 1998 and 1999 seasons, he served as the team's defensive coordinator.[1]

Eastern MichiganEdit

Lombardi was the head college football coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and he held that position for one game during the 1999 season.[5] His coaching record at Eastern Michigan was 0 wins and 1 loss.[6] As of the conclusion of the 2010 season, this ranks him #37 at Eastern Michigan in total wins and #38 at the school in winning percentage (.000).[7]

The first ten games of the 1999 season were coached by Rick Rasnick, with Lombardi serving as defensive coordinator. EMU athletic director Dave Diles fired Rasnick on November 16, 1999, and named Lombardi as the interim head coach, to serve for the final game of the season.[1] Under Rasnick, the 1999 team had compiled a record of 4 wins and 6 losses.[8] Lombardi's one game as EMU's head coach was a 24-30 loss to the Northern Illinois on November 20, 1999 that was played in DeKalb, Illinois.[9] With the loss on the last game of the year under Lombardi, the team concluded its season with a record of 4–7. Lombardi is the only EMU head football coach to serve for just a single game, and as a result, his five days served is the shortest tenure of any head coach in the history of EMU football.[5] Jeff Woodruff hired Lombardi to coach the Running Backs and coordinate the Special Teams for the 2001 season. Following the 2001 season Lombardi departed for the upstart professional football league the XFL.

High schoolEdit

At the end of Eastern Michigan's 1999 season, none of Rasnick's assistant coaches were retained.[10] In 2001, Lombardi was the defensive coordinator for the short-lived Chicago Enforcers of the XFL.[2] When the XFL folded after one year, Lombardi decided to stay close to home coaching high school football in order to spend more time with his four-year-old son Rocky, saying, "Football has been so great, providing me with everything I've had in life. There's no way I was going to let Rocky grow up hating football because his dad is always gone." In 2002, Lombardi became the head coach at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Homewood, Illinois,[11] where his father had been coach in the late 1960s, and he quickly revitalized the struggling team.[2] However, after just one season, Lombardi left Homewood-Flossmoor without explanation, taking over at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.[12]

After three seasons at Hinsdale Central, in which the team posted a 30–7 record, two trips to the Class 8A quarterfinals and one trip to the semifinals, Lombardi was fired in March 2006. His lawsuit against the school district for breach of contract was settled for $10,000, and within a month he was hired by Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[13][14] During his tenure at Cedar Rapids Washington, Lombardi has led the Warriors to four playoff berths, including two trips to the state quarterfinals and one trip to the Semi-Finals. The Warriors have won two conference championships and he has been named MVC coach of the year twice, in 2007 and 2008. He was invited to guest coach at the Under Armour All-American game in 2009. In addition to serving as the Head Football Coach, Lombardi also assists with track and was recently named the head baseball coach, beginning in the 2012 season. He currently has 5 kids, all of them in sports.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "EMU's Rasnick Releived of Duties; Lombardi Named Interim Coach". November 16, 1999. Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
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  3. "Arizona State Sun Devils, 1981-1995, who signed on with professional football teams". Tempe History Museum. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Shafer, Ian. "Eastern Michigan University (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  6. "Football Bowl Subdivision: Eastern Michigan University Directory". The Sports Network. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  7. DeLassus, David. "Eastern Michigan Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  8. DeLassus, David. "Coaching Records Game by Game-Rick Rasnick, 1999". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  9. DeLassus, David. "Coaching Records Game by Game-Tony Lombardi, 1999". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
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