Cedar Rapids Washington Coach Tony Lombardi Resigns

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Washington head coach Tony Lombardi (right) talks to Washington's Chris Garner (left) after Garner was called for a penalty after throwing Linn-Mar's Jer Garman (center) to the ground during the first half of their game at Linn-Mar on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, in Marion. (Jim Slosiarek/SourceMedia Group News)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Tony Lombardi has resigned as head varsity football and baseball coach at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Washington Athletics Director Paul James sent a release Thursday morning, announcing the resignation, which takes effect at the end of the school year.

He will coach the baseball team this summer.

Lombardi, 51, coached the football team seven years, posting a 51-25 record with five playoff appearances. He is 13-26 in one year as baseball coach.

“Coach Lombardi wants to spend more time with his familt and take a break from the pressure of serving as a head coach at a (Class) 4A high school,” according to the release.

Lombardi and Washington Principal Ralph Plagman are the focal point of an ongoing investigation with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners — Lombardi for bullying athletes; Plagman for not properly handling parent complaints and concerns regarding Lombardi.

Kari Lombardi, Tony’s wife, is the Washington volleyball coach.

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