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Napoleon Sykes Jr. Appointed Lawrenceville School Head Football Coach

The Lawrenceville School has appointed Napoleon Sykes, Jr. as head coach of its boys’ varsity football team. He will also serve as an Assistant Director in the Admission Office and a Diversity Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“Napoleon has made a career of being a detailed teacher and communicator, with an emphasis on creating a strong culture with a foundation on love and relationship building at every stop,” said Lawrenceville Dean of Athletics and Co-Curricular Education Tripp Welborne. “He has always been centered around empowering young men to positively impact others, by focusing on the overall development of the person, not just the player.”

Sykes, a Baltimore native, has been building an impressive coaching career since 2006 at the high school (Concordia Preparatory School, Hampton, Md.; Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte, N.C.; and Gilman School, Towson, Md.), collegiate (Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.; University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.), and professional (D.C. Defenders, Chicago Bears, Washington Football Team) levels. Equally impactful has been his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He founded and directed the Diversity and Inclusion department at Concordia and was a Bill Walsh Diversity Fellow with both the Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team.

As a student-athlete at Wake Forest University, Sykes earned a bachelor’s degree in English and minored in journalism. He was a four-year member of the Demon Decons, competing at both linebacker and on special teams.

"My family and I are really excited about this opportunity to join such an amazing community of people from all over the world. When the chance to come to Lawrenceville came about, it just felt like the right place for us. It is a place that aligns with our family values and it is a place that is filled with people we want our children to grow up around,” said Sykes. “Lawrenceville offers so many opportunities for growth and development on and off the field. Football is football. There are 100 yards, two goalposts, and a touchdown still counts for six points. The coaching staff is going to do everything it can to build a successful football program, but we are going to do it by keeping the focus on building young people poised to go out into the world and be agents of change."

For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.