Lagomarsino, Kelly Honored as Scholar-Athletes

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Women’s basketball

Jay Lagomarsino, the head girls basketball coach at Matawan (N.J.) Regional High School, and Robert Kelly, a local basketball referee who does some Matawan games, may disagree on calls from time to time. But one thing they can agree on is that their son and daughter are enjoying great success on and off the court at Muhlenberg.

Ryan Lagomarsino
Asked to give his team a midseason grade, the future teacher Lagomarsino settled on a B+. "We have high expectations, so we think we should be an A, but in the last few games our play has dropped to a C. If you average the A and the C, you get a B, and I gave us the plus because we have great chemistry and confidence," he explained.
Senior shooting guards Ryan Lagomarsino and Julie Kelly were named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team in a luncheon at Starter’s Pub in Bethlehem.

Lagomarsino, a four-year reserve, has scored a total of 13 points in career 26 games. Last year, he was named to the Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.

Along with his degree in history, he will graduate with a certification in secondary education and hopes to become a teacher. He completed his student-teaching requirement last semester.

“He is one of our senior leaders,” said assistant coach Ryan Finch. “Most important is his ability to manage a challenging student-teaching schedule without complaint: waking up at five in the morning, going to school and teaching, coming to practice, then working on lesson plans and doing it all over again the next day.”

Julie Kelly
Kelly also gave her team a B+. "We've done a great job competing in our conference. We're not quite where we can be, but we will get there," she said.
Last spring, Lagomarsino helped run an afterschool program for kids in urban Allentown. For a few hours after school, he ran basketball drills with the youngsters.

“It was one of my most memorable experiences at Muhlenberg because, as someone who came from a not-too-wealthy background, I showed them that they can work hard in school, get good grades and go to college,” said Lagomarsino.

Kelly, a team co-captain, has landed a role as a starter on her team after playing behind the CC’s all-time leading scorer for three years. The media and communication major and creative writing minor leads the Mules with 21 three-pointers this season. Her 7.0 points per game is good for third on the team, and she ranks fourth in the CC in three-point field-goal percentage.

“Julie is a senior starter for us who has already put away four games by hitting clutch three-pointers,” said head coach Ron Rohn. “She is a Dean’s List student. She works as a student assistant in the dean’s office and does everything she can to make the most of her college education.

“Julie is a person who can make you smile every time you see her every day,” added Rohn.

After college, Kelly hopes to become a sports reporter, and she has been interning with Service Electric in order to get started in the media industry.

During her time at Muhlenberg, she has also been involved with the College’s youth media group, called HYPE (Healthy Youth Peer Education).

“We work with inner-city kids and help them to make documentaries about topics they care about, like social issues, to help them realize they have voices and can become leaders,” said Kelly.