Two standout Bishop Hendricken athletes signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon, as Brad Lombardi and Andrew Fallon committed to competing at the Division I level.
Lombardi signed to play baseball for the Boston College Eagles, while Fallon signed to wrestle for American University in Washington DC.
Lombardi cemented his place as one of the top pitchers in the state last spring for Hendricken. As a captain, Lombardi went undefeated on the mound and boasted an ERA of 1.17. Lombardi capped off the year as the winning pitcher in the state championship.
He is also a three-year varsity letter winner, and was an Underclassman All-American. Lombardi is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Since I was a little kid, I always dreamed of playing baseball for an institution like Boston College,” said Lombardi, who has deep family ties to the school. “My mom, grandparents, aunts, uncles, my sister, and cousin have all gone to BC. The most important thing in life will always be family, and this is something I live by.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of Brad,” added Hendricken assistant baseball coach and Assistant Athletic Director Chris Sheehan. “Brad is singing his NLI to compete in arguably the best conference in college baseball. Every weekend once he arrives at BC, he will be pitching against teams like the University of North Carolina, University of Miami, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia, the level of accomplishment should not be understated.”
Sheehan pointed out three aspects of Lombardi’s character that stood out most to him during his time at Hendricken.
“I can’t say enough about him and what a joy he’s been to coach. The three things that stand out to me about Brad, he’s athletic, he’s good at just about everything that he does. His work ethic is unparalleled, and the third is his attention to detail. That attention to detail, along with his work ethic and athleticism, reminds me a lot of former Hawks pitcher and current Yankees pitcher Mike King. I would not be surprised if Brad’s career path followed Mike’s,” said Sheehan.
Fallon will be entering this upcoming winter season as arguably the top pound-for-pound wrestler in Rhode Island.
Fallon won a state championship in 2017, but would suffer a season-ending injury in 2018.
However, Fallon came back stronger than ever, and wrapped up the state title in 2019 as well as a New England Championship.
He was also named to the National High School Coaches Association’s All-American list in 2017 and 2019, and was ranked the 11th-best junior in the country by USA Today.
Fallon is excited to take the next step in his career.
“I am extremely fortunate and grateful to have an amazing support system. I am excited to begin the next chapter and would like to thank (American University) Coach (Teague) Moore for the opportunity that he has given to me. I am ready to get on the mat in the red, white and blue,” said Fallon.
“With Andrew, it’s not about winning awards and state championships,” added Hendricken assistant wrestling coach John Myers. “What many people don’t see, it’s about his character.”