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Gary Leiner, Head Varsity Softball Coach
Coach Leiner begins his fourth year as the Golden Lions head softball coach. He began his coaching career as an assistant basketball coach under then Head Basketball Coach and current St. Pius X Athletic Director, Mark Kelly. Coach Leiner went on to coach basketball, baseball and soccer during his first 9 years at St. Pius. Most of Coach Leiner’s coaching experience has been in the sport of basketball, where he has coached for over 26 years as both a high school and college coach. Coach Leiner returned to St. Pius in 2008 as a Boys’ Basketball Assistant and joined the Golden Lions Fastpitch Softball program as a Varsity Assistant in 2012. He is happily married and has two children, Jonathan (SPX ‘13) and Lindsay (SPX ‘15).

Don Coleman, Assistant Varsity Softball Coach
Coach Coleman returns to the Golden Lions staff in 2016 for his twelfth year. Coach Coleman is the Assistant Varsity Coach and Pitching Coach. He has coached fastpitch softball for twenty-three years. His experience includes coaching at Agnes Scott College, Chamblee High School and Decatur High School. He is a current board member and past president of Murphey Candler Girls Fast pitch Softball Association. He is a managing attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Coach Coleman and his wife of thirty-one years, Jean, are proud parents to two grown daughters, Tiffany and Andrea.

Melissa Ginther, Assistant Varsity Softball Coach
Coach Ginther begins her third season with the Golden Lions softball program. Coach Ginther joined the faculty at St. Pius X as a teaching member of the Theology Department. Prior to coming to St. Pius X, she worked at the Catholic Church of Saint Monica in Duluth as one of their youth ministers for three years. Coach Ginther grew up playing softball from a very young age and was awarded a full scholarship to play on the college level. Over the course of her college experience, she was been able to complete two years serving as a Catholic missionary. Coach Ginther is finishing her Master’s Degree in Theology.

Amie McDougal, Assistant Varsity Softball Coach
Coach McDougal begins her 4th year as part of the Golden Lion Softball program. She was a four year Varsity starter at Chamblee Charter High School and was named All American her Junior and Senior Year. She continued her career at the Collegiate Level after receiving a full 4 year softball scholarship to Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Coach McDougal was named 1st Team All-Conference her junior year. She is excited to be a part of the St. Pius X family. “Discipline and Consistency” are valuable lessons Coach McDougal has learned and wants to pass on to the student athletes as a key to a successful life.