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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Mooney Named New Director of Athletics
April 30th, 2018
With over 25 years as both a coach and administrator at both the college and high school level, Todd Mooney has been named the fourth Director of Athletics in the 60-year history of St. Pius X. After a thorough four-month search, Mooney replaces longtime Golden Lion Athletic Director Mark Kelly.
“It is my sincere honor to be joining the St. Pius X family and extremely humbling to be chosen to continue building upon the tremendous leadership, hard work, commitment and dedication provided for by Mr. Mark Kelly for so many years. I’m excited and blessed, beyond words to begin serving with such an amazing group of administrators, and faculty and staff,” said Mooney, “As a college coach, I was fortunate to learn that St. Pius X student-athletes are special and rightly targeted by college recruiters because they are committed students, talented athletes, and grounded in faith and discipline. I can’t wait to begin working alongside this coaching staff and group of student-athletes.”
Mooney is taking over an athletic program that has won five Georgia Regions Director’s Cups in the past ten years. The Golden Lions also boast 59 state championships and 66 state runners-up in its history, as well as six Georgia EMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards in the past eight seasons. He will assume his new duties May 1.
“We are blessed and lucky to have Todd come on board and share his wide range of athletic management experience. Most importantly, he expresses his desire to serve our student-athletes’ needs and provide for them a Christ-centered environment in which to succeed,” said St. Pius X President Chad Barwick.
Previously, Mooney served as Director of Athletics at King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta since 2014. In his time with the Tigers, Mooney led the entire athletic program for the K-12 school. In just over four years, Mooney added lacrosse, while resurrecting both the girls’ basketball and softball programs. The baseball team captured two GHSA state titles during his time leading the department. In total, 11 sports qualified for their respective state tournaments over his tenure.
Mooney added, “I would be remiss not to mention how grateful I am to the King’s Ridge Christian School community. The dedicated coaches, faculty, and student-athletes as well as the many parents that gave so much time and support over the past four years have been a true blessing.”
Mooney established a Student-Athlete Advisory Council to represent all high school sports to mirror student-athlete involvement at the collegiate level. He also re-established the King’s Ridge Christian Athletic Brand including updated logos and expanded color scheme, while overseeing the building of a separate athletic website for the school.
Barwick said, “He had a great plan at the start that showed great affection for and knowledge of St. Pius X and has already started translating that into good meetings with our Pius partners. His Christian leadership and ability to see the big picture make him a great fit for our Golden Lion family. I know our community will enjoy his perspective and his willingness to push SPX athletics into the next five, ten, twenty years.”
Prior to his stint at King’s Ridge, Mooney spent over 20 years in intercollegiate athletics as a coach or administrator. Building the LaGrange College football program from scratch, Mooney guided the Panthers from infancy to an NCAA DIII playoff appearance in the programs third season. In addition to his duties as head football coach, Mooney served as an Assistant Athletic Director.
During his early career, Mooney served as an assistant football coach at Rhodes College, Oberlin College and Urbana University. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ohio University. Mooney and his wife, Kelly, are parents of a daughter, Jessica and son, Todd, Jr.