Meet the Director of Athletics

Director of Athletics Riczer Desvaristes: is nearing his first full year here at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School. Desvaristes is a principled and proven Director of Athletics with a great background in leadership strategy, marketing, fundraising, and student-athlete development. He shares an incredible passion for nurturing a culture of change that inspires student-athletes to strive for excellence & success.

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School teams have enjoyed on-the-field success in his short tenure. In a Covid-19 shortened year Bishop McLaughlin has secured three District Championships (Girls Volleyball, Soccer, and Weightlifting), one Regional Championship (Weightlifting), and one National Player Of The Year (Audrey Koenig).  Desvaristes has made successful coaching hires in Football, Men’s Basketball, and Baseball. Ken Stills Sr. former NFL player and coach in the football program, Derrick Sharp former professional coach, Euroleague champion, and 5A Coach of the year in Men’s Basketball. Marc Eskew one of the top coaches in the Tampa Bay Area in baseball.

Academically, Bishop McLaughlin Athletics has thrived under Desvaristes leadership. The school ranks as the number one College Prep School in Pasco County ( with an overall Graduation Success Rate of 100% in all sports. Bishop McLaughlin’s athletic department recently received their first-ever FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award. The Rozelle Award, which is bestowed on a program whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the regular season and the FHSAA State Series. This award is presented to one school whose entire sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players, and spectators.

Riczer Desvaristes is a Tampa Bay Business Journal 40 under 40 nominee and is also widely acclaimed for his contributions to enhancing the student-athlete experience. He is one of the main men involved in implementing the Student-Athlete Lounge & Indoor Baseball Player Development Lounge and strives to promote the attributes of Perseverance, Teamwork, Optimism, Accountability, Determination, and Discipline. In his leisure time, Riczer cherishes spending time in the company of his loved ones and is always on the lookout for an opportunity to learn something new & explore something exceptional.