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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Ryan McClay, Head Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach McClay is entering his 8th year of coaching at St. Pius X. He has won 5 state cross-country titles and 2 state track titles in seven years. He graduated from Dacula High School after running cross country for three years and track for two under Andy Christie. He then went on to run collegiately at Berry College. While at Berry he raced in 7 National Championship races in Cross Country and track. After college he coached in Tyler, TX for one year before coming back to Georgia. He is married to Katie McClay and together they both continue to run races ranging from 5k to the marathon. They have a son, Ashton McClay who was born the day of the first cross country race in 2015.
Kirk Miller, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Miller is entering his 13th year of coaching at St. Pius X. He has won 9 state titles in cross country and track while at St. Pius X. He graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta where he ran cross country and track for four years under Coach Tribble. He went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Georgia Bulldog where he specialized in the 800m and the steeplechase. Previously, Coach Miller worked with the athletes at Westminster where he won two other state titles. Coach Miller and his wife, Rebecca, have one daughter, Sarah.
Mary Pat Martin, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Martin is entering her 2nd year coaching boys cross country for the Golden Lions. Coach Martin enjoys spending the summer practicing with the team and attending camp at Berry College. She is excited to be coaching the boys and is impressed with their work ethic and teamwork. Coach Martin has enjoyed running and training for 14 years. Running is her passion and she loves to race in 10K's, Half-Marathons, and Marathons. She is also certified as a Level 1 USA Track & Field Coach. Coach Martin is a Professional School Counselor at SPX and is married with four children. Coach Martin (SPX ‘86) and her husband, James (SPX ‘82) have four children: Colin (SPX ‘12), Carol (SPX ‘16), Mary Grace (SPX ‘18), and Jamie (SPX '20).
Katie McClay, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Katie joins the cross country team this fall after coaching track for 3 years. She is an avid runner who enjoys keeping up with her husband, Ryan McClay. Together they have a back lab and an eleven month old son. She races distances from the 5k all the way to the marathon. In addition to coaching Cross Country, she also coaches track in the spring. She currently is the PE teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary and is a guest advocate at Big Peach Running Company. In her spare time she swims, studies running, and cooks healthy foods.