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PAUL STANDARD, HEAD COACH

Coach Standard enters his 17th year as Head Football Coach and 33rd 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 141-56. 2016 saw the Golden Lions suffer their first non-winning season since Standard arrived. The 2015 team finished 10-3 and a Quarter-Final appearance and a #7 final ranking. 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, The Citadel ’17 MS in secondary education), a new coach here at St. Pius X teaching Social Studies and PE, 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), (Georgia Southern University ’16 BS Health Sciences and currently in Occupational Therapy School at Augusta State, and Margaret May 13, (8th grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School).

CHAD GARRISON, OFFENSIVE LINE

Coach Garrison begins his 18th year as the offensive line coach for the Golden Lions. This will also mark his 27th year coaching high school athletics. He begins his fifteenth year as the Physical Education Department Chair and eighth as an Assistant Athletic Director at St. Pius X. He is also looking forward to successful 3rd year as the Head Baseball coach for the Golden Lions. Coach Garrison also served as the Head Track & Field coach at St. Pius X from 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-seven years. A graduate of North Georgia College, his previous stops include Campbell High School and The Lovett School. He and his wife of 29 years, Barbara have three children; Kelci, 27 (SPX 2009), the Head Basketball Cheerleading coach; Mackenzie, 23 (SPX 2013), and Brennan, 20 (SPX 2016), a sophomore at Georgia Southern.

TODD STEWART, DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS

Coach Todd Stewart begins his 8th year at St. Pius X. Coach Stewart graduated from Parkview High school where he participated in football, basketball, and track where he was an All-State linebacker on two State Football Championship teams. Following high school, he earned his B.S. Ed degree at Kennesaw State University and his M.S. Ed degree from Valdosta State. He is entering his first year as Defensive Coordinator and will coach Linebackers. Coach Stewart is also 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 and won the Excellence in Teaching Award in May of 2016.

MATT ANDERSON, TIGHT ENDS

Coach Anderson is entering his 12th year of coaching high school football and his second year coaching Tight Ends at St Pius X. Prior to coming to St Pius X Coach Anderson spent time in Cobb County and Athens-Clarke County coaching and teaching. He has spent the last 10 years prior to Pius coaching offensive line and as an Offensive Coordinator. Besides coaching football coach Anderson also serves as the Head Girls Lacrosse Coach and teaches in the Social Studies department at St Pius X.

Michael Hatter, DEFENSIVE LINE / JV DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Coach Michael Hatter is entering his ninth year of coaching at St. Pius X. Coach Hatter will be entering his fifth season as the defensive line coach. Previously he was a community coach for the St. Pius X Middle School team from 2009 thru 2012. Where he coached both the offensive and defensive lines. Michael is a graduate of St. Pius X, Class of 2004 where he lettered in wrestling and football. Michael 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. Michael works for the Sports Rehabilitation Center in Dunwoody.

PAUL STANDARD III, RUNNING BACKS

P.G. Standard is in his first season on the St. Pius X coaching staff as the running backs coach. He has spent the past four seasons on The Citadel coaching staff and was in charge of offensive quality control while pursuing his master's degree in secondary education with his concentration in social studies. Standard attended LaGrange College and started at safety for two seasons. He earned his bachelor's degree in history in 2013 and was a member of the History Academic Honor Society. A native of Hog Mountain, Georgia, Standard is currently a Social Studies and P.E. teacher at St. Pius X Catholic High School.

CARL KANANDA, DEFENSIVE BACKS

Coach Kananda begins his first year at St. Pius X and will be working with the defensive backs and Special Teams. He has served similar roles at his Alma matter, Lakeside High School, and most recently, at Decatur High school. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry from Georgia State University.

BLAISE WANNEMACHER, OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT

Coach Wannemacher (SPX ’06) begins his seventh-year coaching football at St. Pius X. As a student-athlete at St. Pius X, he played quarterback for the Golden Lions football team under Coach Standard. He also played baseball and basketball at St. Pius X, and has coached both sports at St. Pius X. He and his wife Lisette (SPX ’06), live in Lilburn and have two children, Pace (4) and Palmer (2).