Ritenour Athletic Department
9100 SAINT CHARLES ROCK RD
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63114
Director of Athletics and Activities
Phone: (314) 493-6135
Lohnes was a Physical Education and Health teacher at Wyland Elementary for 13 years, and had coached at Ritenour since 2002.
“I have known most of the kids at the high school since they were young, and it is an honor to still be with them,” Lohnes said.
Rather than just focus on boys and girls soccer like he had in the past, Lohnes watches over all of the sports now that he has a new position.
“The only thing I would honestly change is more hours. There’s a lot more work and not enough time,” Lohnes said.
Varsity Girl’s Basketball coach Joe Scheidler has been impressed with the leadership Lohnes has brought to the position.
“He’s always been there to help people out and he’s been a great resource as far as other coaches go,” Scheidler said.
Lohnes has mixed emotions about leaving coaching behind. With his new job he may encounter many new challenges, but he says he is ready for all that come his way.
“I enjoyed my job as a coach, but this is just a new step, and it is a great experience. Being a soccer coach, you just observe one thing and one thing only, but now that I am here, I see everything. It is just great altogether. It is more work, but it is all worth it in the end,” Lohnes said.
Lohnes is not the only person with mixed emotions about leaving his coaching duties behind. Junior Alexis Ferren has played varsity soccer since her freshman year, so Lohnes is the only coach she has ever known. She appreciated all the work that he did with her and her teammates.
“Whenever we did not understand something that was going on, he would help us comprehend,” Ferren said.
Lohnes says the biggest challenge of his job is being able to attend all of the different events. As a sports fanatic he enjoys every sport and shows no favoritism.
“I really do not have a favorite sport, I wish I could attend them all. But I would have to say softball and soccer since I used to coach them. The football games are pretty good as well because it is nice to see everybody come together and have a good time. The crowds are big and it is always good coming out with a win,” Lohnes said.
One thing that adds to the job at Ritenour is being able to enjoy the success of multiple Ritenour athletes in his first year. Lohnes believes in the athletes at Ritenour.
“Well as far as athletes go, Devin Alexander has been doing really good in football. He will be playing at Toledo. ‘Wale’ (Adewale Adeoye) should be a Division I player pretty soon as well. We also have Jenelle Williams for softball,” Lohnes said.
Lohnes has embraced his new role, and even though some players might still feel the sting of his departure from their sport, Ferren notes that there is a silver lining to the move.
“He was a great coach, it is sad that he is not there to coach me anymore, but I see him every day, so it is alright,” Ferren said.
A more in depth article on Drew about his vision for High School Athletics can be found by clicking here.
Coordinator of Athletics and Activities
Phone: (314) 493-6135
Lee Laskowski comes to Ritenour High School after serving as an athletic administrator for the school district of Clayton for the past 12 years. He had been a baseball coach at Clayton High School and Fontbonne University for three years preceding his role in the athletic department and will bring over 15 years of experience to Husky Nation!
Lee was a graduate of Clayton High School in 2000′ where he played Football, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Baseball. He was named Conference Player of the year multiple times while also being a 1st Team selection to All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State before continuing his baseball career at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
While at Mizzou he was a four year starter, freshman All-American, 1st Team All-Conference (Big XII), two-time Player of the Week (Big XII), Commissioners Honor Roll (Big XII) and part of The National Deans List.
After college he played semi-pro ball before beginning his professional career. He first started in finance at Axa Equitable before making the transition to education and teaching 7th grade math at Langston Middle School.
While at Clayton Lee has been instrumental in the promotion of student athlete accomplishments through the use of technology and social media. He believes first hand that it is imperative to “Tell your Story” and “putting students at the forefront of decisions while recognizing their efforts and achievements is vital to a winning culture”. Laskowski also went on to say “The purpose of athletics is to create value for our kids and community. Instead of judging success on just wins and loses we need to be transformational in our approach and focus on the development of our students.”
Laskowski transitioned Clayton Athletics to zero based budgeting, created their website, and been in charge of MSHSAA transfers/eligibility/coaching development/certification. He has helped organize the master athletic schedule while serving as the coordinator of Shared Usage along with being the recording secretary for the Suburban Conference. Lee looks forward to bringing his skills to Ritenour and having the opportunity to create a platform to showcase Husky Athletics and Activities.
Lee completed his undergrad at Mizzou, transitioned to teaching at UMSL and holds a Masters in Athletic Educational Administration from William Woods. Laskowski considers himself a lifelong learner.
Athletics have always been a big part of his life and it even helped him meet his wife who was also a four year starter for the Mizzou Gymnastics team.
Lee and his wife Lauren are the proud parents of two children, Laney and Leonard, while currently residing in Olivette, MO.
A more in depth article on Lee about his vision for High School Athletics can be found by clicking here.
Phone: (314) 493-6135