Rick Lombardi started his teaching career at Maine North. In 1981, after Maine North closed, Rick transferred to Maine West. That first fall Rick joined the assistant coaching staff of the Sophomore football team. That same winter Rick became the head wrestling coach. During his 12 years as head coach Rick had 13 state qualifiers, 2 state place winners, 5 conference championships, 6 regional championships and a career dual meet record of 185-76-6. In addition to wrestling, Rick coached the football from 1981 to 1991, Boys Tennis from 1982 to 2012 and Girls Tennis from 1995 to 2012, and was voted Girls Assistant Coach of the year in 2009.