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St. Pius X Golden Lions
AARON PARR, HEAD VARSITY COACH
Coach Parr (SPX ‘06) is in his 7th year as the head coach of the Golden Lions basketball program. Since taking over the helm of the program in 2011, Coach Parr has put together one of the best programs in the state. In his six years as head of the program, he has put together an impressive 129-50 overall record. This places him as one of the youngest high school basketball coaches in the nation to reach the 100 win mark. In his first year (2011-12), the team had the biggest win/loss turnaround in the state. Since his first season, his teams have competed at a championship level. His teams at St. Pius X have advanced to the state "sweet 16" twice, the "elite 8" twice, finished state runner-up, and competed in 3 region championships, including their 2017 regional title. This past season, Coach Parr led the program to their first state championship game in the last 25 years, selling out McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Tech. In his six years at the helm of the program, 8 of his players have gone on to play college athletics and 6 of them now play college basketball. In addition to the court, his players enjoy the benefits of being a part of a true "program". Coach Parr's players travel to summer team camps throughout the Southeast, participate in community service projects, and coach younger athletes at his Golden Lion summer camps.
Coach Parr's teams are known for their fast paced offense, quick ball movement, relentless full-court pressure, and a "never say die" attitude. His players play the game with passion and energy.
While a student at Pius, Coach Parr played on the varsity basketball team under Coach Kevin Carroll. His 2005-06 team won the region championship. Coach Parr, the Golden Lions all-time leading scorer, went on to play college basketball at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. He was a 3 year starter at Birmingham-Southern and captain when the team was Conference Champions in 2010. Coach Parr is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education. He completed his Master's of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia University Irvine (California). In addition to coaching at St. Pius X, he is a Social Studies and Physical Education teacher and also serves on the admissions team. He lives in Midtown with his wife Katie (Perez) Parr with their yellow lab “Chipper.”
Team Records under Coach Parr:
- 2011-2012 10-15 (first year under current staff)
- 2012-2013 22-9 (State Elite Eight)
- 2013-2014 24-6 (State Sweet 16)
- 2014-2015 25-5 (State Sweet 16 and school wins record)
- 2015-2016 24-7 (State Elite Eight)
- 2016-2017 24-8 (Region Champions and State Runner-Up)
What others are saying about Coach Parr:
"I Coached him in college and I have never been around a player that has the rare combination of basketball IQ, passion for the game, and leadership. Coach Parr's love for the game has certainly rubbed off on his players like I knew it would."
-Mitch Cole, Assistant Coach at Texas A&M University and former Birmingham-Southern College Head Coach
"Coach Parr is a big time competitor and winner. He strives to be the best at whatever he is involved in and he wants the same for his players. He is one of the young head coaches in the game that does things the right way."
-Kevin Carroll, Assistant Coach at Virginia Military Institute and former St. Pius X head coach
SPENCER DAVIDSON, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Coach Davidson (SPX ‘06) is in his 7th year coaching basketball at St. Pius X. In his 1st year, he led the Freshman team to a 14-2 record. Since 2012, Coach Davidson has served as a Varsity Assistant coach, helping the Golden Lions advance deep in the state playoffs each year. Coach Davidson is known for his passion and energy on the court. His duties include helping with offense and defense during practice as well as skill development with the guards and conditioning in the off-season. Coach Davidson was a two sport athlete at SPX (basketball and soccer). He was a co-captain, with Coach Parr, of the 2006 region championship basketball team. Coach Davidson, 4-year letterman in soccer, led the soccer team in goals scored for four straight years, helped the team win three region championships and two state semi-final appearances. Coach Davidson attended Reinhardt College, where he played on the soccer team, served as team captain, and was named to the all-conference team.
WILL CLOYD, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Coach Cloyd (SPX ‘08) enters his 5th year on the St. Pius X basketball coaching staff. The Golden Lions have made a deep run in the playoffs every year he has been on staff. Coach Cloyd works with the post players in practice and serves as the team’s gear and film coordinator. Coach Cloyd was a stand-out basketball player while a student at St. Pius X. He then went on to play basketball for Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. During his four years at Guilford, Coach Cloyd helped the Quakers advance to the Division III Final Four twice (2009 and 2010), win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in 2010, and was named to the Academic All-ODAC team (2011-12). Coach Cloyd was a Graduate Assistant Coach at Guilford for the 2012-13 season. He received his master’s degree in Special Education from Georgia State University and is an English teacher at Lakeside High School.
JONATHAN MOSLEY, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Coach Mosley enters his 3rd year on the St. Pius X basketball coaching staff. He is a young and energetic presence in prep hoops. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, he attended Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School, where he was team captain and a key part of two Missouri State Championships. In 2007, he co-founded a reputable scouting website and began organizing several unsigned high school & JUCO basketball camps. Since 2011, he has coached AAU/travel circuit basketball, mentoring numerous high school athletes. He is currently the head coach of the U16 Team Inspire travel club. Coach Mosley earned his Bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M University, and returned to his hometown to earn his Masters degree at Webster University.
KEITH PITTMAN, HEAD JUNIOR VARSITY & ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Coach Pittman (SPX ‘85) returns for his 21st season as the Head Junior Varsity Coach for the Golden Lions. During his years as a community coach at SPX, he has also coached baseball and football. Coach Pittman’s mom, Susan Fechtel Pittman, was in the first graduating class at St. Pius X in 1959. Coach Pittman’s favorite parts of coaching are going to summer camps and bringing his team closer together.
GARY SCHMITT, ATHLETIC TRAINER
Coach Schmitt, a certified athletic trainer, is in his 15th year as the St. Pius X Athletic Trainer. Before coming to St. Pius X, he worked with world renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama. Coach Schmitt has also worked preseason camps with the Atlanta Falcons. Originally from Wisconsin, Coach Schmitt earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and then moved south to earn his Master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University. He is marries to Sara Geiger, math teacher and head girl's soccer coach.
NEAL PEDUZZI, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
Coach Peduzzi enters his first year as the head strength and conditioning coach at St. Pius X. Prior to St. Pius, Coach Peduzzi spent 9 years at Georgia Tech where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and director of player development. From 2002-2004 he was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Tennessee while getting his Master's degree in Biomechanics and Sports Medicine. He is married to Nicole Peduzzi of Kennesaw, Georgia.
BUTCH LIDDELL, DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Mr. Liddell works with the Golden Lion basketball coaches, players and families to ensure everything in the program is running smoothly.