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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Coach Standard enters his 15th year as Head Football Coach and 31st year overall in education and coaching. He has the second best record at St. Pius X behind legendary Coach George B. Maloof with a career record of 129-44. The 2014 team finished as the AAAA State-Finalist and ranked #2. The 2013 team finished 9-4 and a Quarter-Final appearance and a #7 final ranking. The 2012 team finished as the AAA State-Finalist and ranked #2. The 2011 team finished with a 12-1 record and a final ranking of #8 in Class AAA. The 2010 team finished with a 9-3 record and a 2nd round trip to the State Playoffs. The 2009 team finished with a 12-1 record and a seventh trip to the AAA State Playoffs and a Quarter-Final appearance losing to eventual State Champion in overtime. The 2008 team finished the season with a 9-2 record and a sixth appearance in the AAA State Playoffs, the 2007 team finished with an 8-4 record and a fifth trip to the AAAA State Playoffs, the 2006 team finished with the best record in 38 years with a 11-3 record and a trip to the Georgia Dome for the State Semi-Finals, the Golden Lions finished with a #4 state ranking. In 2005 team finished 5-5 and for only the 2nd time in the past seven years did not advance to the State Playoffs. His 2004 squad posted an 8-3 record and a third straight appearance in the state playoffs. His 2003 squad posted a 10-3 record and a trip to the State Quarter Finals-the best record in the past 35 years. That season was highlighted by a 20-17 victory over Marist which broke a 21 year drought in this great rivalry. The 2003 Golden Lions finished with a final state ranking of 7th in class AAAA. His 2002 squad posted a 7-4 record, advancing to the State Playoffs.
Coach Standard played for the legendary Coach George B. Maloof and is one of five classmates of 1980 to coach football. A 1984 graduate of The Citadel with a B.S. in Business Administration, Coach Standard teaches economics and physical education at St. Pius. He coached at Loganville for a year (1985 Defensive/Offensive Line), Meadowcreek for five years (1986-1990 Offensive/Defensive Line) and ten years at Dacula (1991-2000 Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Backs) under Coach Kevin Maloof (SPX ‘75). At Dacula, the teams were the Region Champions in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999 (co-champs) and in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999, they were State Quarter Finalists. Coach Standard was named Region Coach of the Year in 2009, 2001, 2012, and 2014, Dekalb County Coaches Association Coach of the Year 2006 and 2014. He was named Assistant Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999. He is married to the former Cindy Renee Harper. Cindy is an occupational therapist for Gwinnett County Schools. They have four children: Paul III (P.G.) (SPX ’09) (LaGrange College ‘13 BA History), a graduate assistant coach at The Citadel while working on his masters, Elizabeth (SPX ’10) (Georgia Southern University ‘14 BA History) (Georgia State ‘15 MS in secondary education), a Social Studies teacher at Norcross High School and head football cheerleading coach, Mary Kate (SPX ’12), a senior at Georgia Southern, and Margaret May 11, (6th grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School).
JERRY STEWART, DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS
Coach Stewart enters his 13th year at St. Pius as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers’ Coach. He brings with him a wealth of experience including eight years as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for Parkview High School during which time his teams won an impressive four State Championships and own the Georgia State Consecutive Win Record after going 45-0. Entering his 45th year as teacher/coach, Coach Stewart also coached for five years at Shiloh High School, sixteen years at Tucker High School (eight as head coach) and three years at Westmer High School in Illinois. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. Ed and an M.S. Ed, Coach Stewart teaches physical education at St. Pius X. He and his wife, Sharon, who is a retired Spanish teacher, have four children; Kevin, a Furman graduate and football player, is a physical education teacher/coach at Buford High School, and his wife, Krista, an educator, have daughters, Addison (6), Ansley (5), and a son, Tanner (1).; Kim, an Auburn graduate, a teacher/counselor, and her husband Charlie, have a son, Ethan (3) and daughter, Reagan (1); Shannon, an Auburn graduate, lives and works in Charleston, SC with her husband, Jamie, in IT at the Citadel, and sons, James (4) and Samuel (1). Their youngest, Todd, is a teacher and a coach at St. Pius X.
CHAD GARRISON, OFFENSIVE LINE
Coach Garrison begins his 16th year as the offensive line coach for the Golden Lions. This will also mark his 25th year in coaching high school athletics. He begins his thirteenth year as the Physical Education Department Chair and sixth as an Assistant Athletic Director at St. Pius X. He is also very excited to be taking over as the Head Baseball coach in the spring of 2016. Coach Garrison also served as the Head Track & Field coach at St. Pius X (2006-2011). During those six seasons his teams won a Boys and Girls State Championship in 2006, had two State Runner-up finishes and won multiple Region Championships. Coach Garrison was named the Track & Field Coach of the year by the Atlanta Track Club and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has also been named the GHSA Assistant Coach of the Year in multiple sports over the last twenty five years. A graduate of North Georgia College, his previous stops include Campbell High School and The Lovett School. He and his wife of 27 years, Barbara have three children; Kelci, 25 (SPX ‘09), the Head Basketball and Middle School FB Cheerleading coach; Mackenzie, 21 (SPX ‘13), a Junior at Georgia Southern; and Brennan, 18 (SPX ‘16).
CHARLES KICKER, RUNNING BACKS
Charles Kicker begins his 38th year of coaching and his 6th year at St. Pius X. A native of Birmingham, AL, Coach Kicker graduated from West End High School (‘71). He received his B.S. Ed. (‘75) and M.S. Ed. (‘76) from Jacksonville State University and his Ed.S. (‘86) from the University of Southern Mississippi. He retired from Georgia public schools after 32 years of service as a high school teacher, coach and administrator at West Laurens, East Laurens, Treutlen, and Forsyth Central. His wife, Nanette, is retired from the Sequoyah Regional Library System.
BOB GILBERT, TIGHT ENDS/SECONDARY/SPECIAL TEAMS
Coach Gilbert is beginning his 15th year at St. Pius as a football coach. This year Coach Gilbert will be the Special Teams Coordinator and coach Safety’s in the defensive backfield. During his tenure at St. Pius X, Coach Gilbert has coached the Secondary, the defensive ends and Coach Gilbert has also served as Head 9th Grade coach. Coach Bob received a B.S. in Physical Education from Virginia Tech in 1988 and an I.M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1995. He coached at Dacula High School for seven years and then went to Forsyth Central for two years as a football coach and Head Baseball Coach. Coach Gilbert teaches Physical Education, Health and Weight Training. He has four daughters: Katy, 21 (SPX ’12), Sara, 18 (SPX ’15), Jill, 15 (SPX ’18), and Mary Margaret, 10 (Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School). Coach Bob Gilbert and Kristi Carson (SPX ’85) married in the spring of 2013. Kristi has two sons: Andrew, 18 (SPX ’15) and Ben, 16 (SPX ’17).
DAVID CONNER, RECEIVERS
Coach David Conner enters his first year coaching Varsity Receivers for St. Pius X. After serving in the United States Army as a Medic in the 82nd Airborne Division, Coach David Conner attended The University of West Florida and earned a B.A in Legal Administration. Coach Conner saw his future in teaching and went back to school and Kennesaw State University to earn his teaching degree. Coach Conner started his coaching career in North Fulton at Chattahoochee High School. For the next 16 years he coached at several North Fulton High Schools and Dunwoody. Coach Conner was the Offensive Coordinator at Riverwood High School from 2011-2013 reaching the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Coach Conner currently teaches Physical Education at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Coach Conner recently celebrated 23 years of marriage to his wife, Laura, and his greatest achievements are named Molly 17, Emily 15, and Christian 12.
TODD STEWART, DEFENSIVE ENDS/SPECIAL TEAMS
Coach Todd Stewart begins his 6th year at St. Pius X. Coach Stewart graduated from Parkview High school where he participated in football, basketball, and track. Following high school, he earned his B.S. Ed degree at Kennesaw State University and his M.S. Ed degree from Valdosta State. He coaches the varsity defensive ends, assists Coach Gilbert with Special Teams, assists Coach Garrison with video coordination, is the college football recruiting coordinator, and acts as an academic mentor for the football program. He teaches in the Study Support program at St. Pius X.
JASON TESTER, DEFENSIVE BACKS
Coach Tester begins his 24th year of coaching and his third season with the Golden Lions as the defensive backs coach. Prior to joining St. Pius X, he spent seven years as Defensive Coordinator at Eastside High School. Coach Tester began his career at Muskegon Catholic High School in Muskegon, Michigan where he won a state championship in 1990 as a senior captain, linebacker, and tight-end. He joined the staff at MCC as a graduate assistant in 1991, then full-time in 1992 while attending Grand Valley State University. Coaching linebackers and tight ends, Tester helped lead the Crusaders to state titles in 1991 and 1995. Obtaining his BA in History/Sociology from GVSU in 1997 he went on to teach and coach for 8 years at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan before joining the Eastside staff in 2006. Coach Tester and his wife, Cari, are proud parents of son Graham (6) and daughter Edyn (4).
MICHAEL HATTER, DEFENSIVE LINE
Coach Michael Hatter is entering his third year of coaching at St. Pius X. Prior to coaching the Varsity Defensive Line, Coach Hatter coached the St. Pius X Middle School team for the past four years on both offense and defense lines. Coach Hatter is a graduate of St. Pius X, Class of 2004 where he lettered in wrestling and football. Coach Hatter is a graduate of Auburn University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. While at Auburn University, Michael was a walk on for the Auburn Tigers football team. He played left guard on the offensive line from 2005-2007. In addition to coaching football, Coach Hatter is a baseball umpire for Gwinnett County. Michael works for the Sports Rehabilitation Center in Dunwoody.
NEIL PEDUZZI, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
Coach Peduzzi enters his 1st year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. Pius X. He spent the last two years as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist at 7th group Special Forces training Green Berets. Prior to that, Coach Peduzzi spent nine years at Georgia Tech. In that time he worked his way from an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach to the Director of Player Development from 2009-2012 and was a part of the 2009 ACC Championship. Neal oversaw all sports at Georgia Tech, but primarily worked with football. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Tennessee while getting his master’s degree in Biomechanics and Sports Medicine. Neal began his career as an intern in Player Development at Arizona State University in 2002. He is married to Nicole Peduzzi from Kennesaw, Georgia.