As we head into our 11th season, Coach Anthony Paradiso and his Lake Nona Lions look to continue their history of excellence on the gridiron after an excellent season last year. The first game of the new school year was a preseason 45-7 victory against the Gateway Panthers on Aug. 16 at the opening Kickoff Classic.
During this past summer, the Lions have been hard at work building upon last year’s season through strength training, physical conditioning, and fast-paced and intensive calisthenics to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead. With the intense heat and the inclement weather, the Lions have been battling mother nature in preparation for the challenges that await them as a new 8A district school. However, these detractors won’t stop the Lions due to the amount of commitment and guidance of Coach Paradiso’s coaching staff, managers, and athletic trainers. This support team has helped to allow the football players to minimize downtime due to the issues above while still achieving a high level of football execution and athleticism befitting of a championship program.
Andrew Gordon is the HOPE Instructor, Offensive Line Coach, and Assistant Track & Field Coach at Lake Nona High School.