Where Are They Now? – Dr. Mary Jo DiGiandomenico

May 29, 2020 – Dr. Mary Jo DiGiandomenico started her academic path at Lorain County Community College and has continued her path as a professor at LCCC since 1991.  While a student at LCCC, she also competed in field hockey and basketball.  We are catching up with Mary Jo today.  Thank you, Dr. MJ, for being part of our LCCC Where Are They Now? Series!

DR. MARY JO DIGIANDOMENICO, PhD, Professor, CHES, ACE Certified Health Coach

Sports at LCCC: Women’s Basketball & Field Hockey

Major: General Studies (1977-79)
Lorain, OH
High School:
Lorain Catholic
Four-Year School:
Slippery Rock State College (now Slippery Rock University)

What are you up to these days?

I have been a Health & Wellness and Fitness professor at Lorain CCC since September 1991.  I have three daughters, age 22 and twins age 13.

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college?

I continued my education at Slippery Rock State College, now Slippery Rock University, for my B.S, Cleveland State University for my M.ED, and Kent State University for my M.ED and PhD.

What are some honors you earned at LCCC?

I honestly don’t remember any awards the team or myself earned athletically when I was there.

Dr. MJ was honored with the LCCC Foundation Faculty Excellence Award in 2015.

Why did you choose LCCC?

My parents told me I was going to LCCC, I was fine with that decision.  With 6 kids in the family, LCCC was the only choice.

What challenges (if any) did you face as a student-athlete? What lessons did you learn?

It prepared me for life through attending class, doing my homework, and working part-time.  I was accountable to myself to succeed.

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

Playing athletics.

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

Yes, I keep in touch with a few teammates – Linda Zemenak, Paula Miller, and Leslie Portosky (maiden names).

Do you still compete in athletics or coach?

Not really, I work out 6 to 7 days a week.

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Attend class, do not look for excuses, do your homework, no one is entitled because you are an athlete – you are a student first.  Complete your assignments on time!

Are you still in the area or have family here?

Yes and my parents are still alive!

What is something cool or unique about you that you’d like to share?

I have completed 3 Tough Mudders and 3 Warrior Dashes in my 50’s and 60’s.