Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with New Teacher and Baseball Assistant Coach A.J. LaMonda
by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor
St. John Bosco welcomes Mr. A.J. LaMonda to the community, a teacher of anatomy and physiology as well as an assistant baseball coach.
Q. What college did you attend and what did you study?
A. I attended Loyola Marymount University, and I studied anatomy, physiology and biology.
Q. Who is your favorite athlete and why?
A. My favorite athlete is Bo Jackson, who is the greatest athlete of all time. Just go watch highlights; the man was a monster in the NFL and MLB
Q. What schools did you coach and teach at before Bosco?
A. I started coaching at the Webb School, then got a job coaching at Servite and then I got a job at Orange Lutheran, where I was a science teacher and coach.
Q. Why did you choose to teach anatomy and physiology?
A. It’s what I got my degree in, and I love how it relates to athletics. Thank you to St John Bosco for giving me my favorite subject to teach!
Q. What is your favorite type of food?
A. My favorites are home cooked meals, preferably on the barbecue!
Q. Morning or Night person and why?
A. I am a morning person. I love the morning because it’s much more quiet and peaceful and makes me feel like I’m not wasting my day.
Q. For how long have you been teaching and coaching?
A. This is my fifth year teaching and eleventh year coaching (ten in the Trinity League).
Q. Did you play any other sports outside of baseball that you loved and wish you continued?
A. I played football and basketball, but my love was volleyball
Q. How long did you play baseball and what was your favorite memory?
A. I played baseball from age three until I retired at 24. My favorite memory was hitting a grand slam in the first inning of the WCC Championship Game vs Pepperdine. The crowd went crazy and it was exhilarating, unfortunately we lost the game, but I usually keep that part out of the story.
Q. What are your favorite sports teams?
A. My favorite college team is the Florida State Seminoles, and my favorite professional team is the Los Angeles Angels.
Q. Where were you born and grew up?
A. I was born and raised in Orange, California.
Q. Do you like coaching or teaching more and why?
A. That’s a trick question. The simple answer is both, but they each have their advantages. Coaching is amazing because it’s the sport I grew up playing. Teaching is amazing because you get to know the students/people on a different level. You see how they interact with their peers and you can connect with them on different levels
Q. What’s your least favorite thing about both coaching a sport and teaching?
A. My least favorite part of coaching is Picture Day (easy), and my least favorite thing about teaching is grading (haha!).
Q. With your free time outside of coaching and teaching, what do you like to do?
A. Free Time? What’s that? If I have any, I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my almost four-year-old daughter
Q. What made you choose to come to St. John Bosco and what excites you the most about it?
A. I have known Coach Barbara for almost 18 years, and he has been a very close friend. He helped inform me of a science position that was open and here I am. What excites me is getting to teach, coach and make a difference in the lives of these young men.
Q. What was your preparation like coming into a new school and coaching job?
A. Preparation was a little difficult, as I accepted the teaching position at the end of summer. But getting used to new technology, learning platforms, etc. Coaching just making sure what my role is and doing it to the best of my ability.
Q. What position did you play and why?
A. I played everywhere. I went wherever the team and my coaches wanted me. My favorite position was shortstop and centerfield.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about teaching and coaching?
A. My favorite thing about teaching and coaching is the atmosphere, the competition, the knowledge and the passion.
Q. Growing up, who was your role model?
A. My father was my role model.
Q. What are your goals for this upcoming school year?
A. I’d like to strengthen my faith, become more knowledgeable and continue my professional development on and off the field.
Q. Who is your favorite movie or TV show?
A. I am a huge movie guy so this is tough, but it would have to be Field of Dreams.