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PAUL STANDARD, HEAD COACH

Coach Standard enters his 18th year as Head Football Coach and 34th 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 149-62. In 2017 the Golden Lions started 0-5, but rebounded to win 8 straight capturing the Region 8-AAAA championship on their way to a State AAAA Semi-Finalist and a 8-6 finish. 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. Under Coach Standard the Golden Lions have won Region Championships, a 23-15 playoff record with 9 Quarter-Final finishes, 4 Semi-Finals, and 2 State Championship appearances.

Coach Standard played for the legendary Coach George B. Maloof. A 1984 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina 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 has a doctorate in occupational therapy and works 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 2nd year 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, Mary Kate (SPX ’12), (Georgia Southern University ’16 BS Health Sciences, Augusta State University ’18 MS in Occupational Therapy School, and Margaret May 14 a freshman at St. Pius X.

CHAD GARRISON, OFFENSIVE LINE

Coach Garrison begins his 19th year as the offensive line coach for the Golden Lions. This will also mark his 28th year coaching high school athletics. He begins his sixteenth year as the Physical Education Department Chair and ninth as an Assistant Athletic Director at St. Pius X. He is also looking forward to another successful 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 30 years, Barbara have three children; Kelci, 28 (SPX 2009), the Head Basketball Cheerleading coach; Mackenzie, 24 (SPX 2013), and Brennan, 21 (SPX 2016), a junior at Georgia Southern.

TODD STEWART, Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach
Coach Todd Stewart begins his 9th year at St. Pius X. Coach Stewart graduated from Parkview High school where he participated in football, basketball, and track and 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 second 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. He's engaged to be married next March to Kelli Terracino.

CARL KANANDA, CORNERS

Coach Kananda returns for his second year at St. Pius X and will be working with the cornerbacks and Special Teams. He has served similar roles at his Alma matter, Lakeside High School, and most recently, at Decatur High school. He currently works as a research scientist at the Center for Disease Control and prevention.

BOB GILBERT, SAFETIES / SPECIAL TEAMS
Coach Gilbert is beginning his 18th year at St. Pius as a football coach. This year Coach Gilbert will be the Special Teams Coordinator and work with the safeties in the defensive secondary. During his tenure at St. Pius X, Coach Gilbert has coached the Secondary, the defensive ends and he 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. A member of the Physical Education Department, Coach Gilbert teaches; Health / Wellness, Lifetime Sports and Weight Training. He has four daughters: Katy Gilbert Moss (SPX '12), 24, who with her husband Jeff Moss are both serving in the US Army. Sara, 21 (SPX ’15), swims at Georgia Tech. Jill, 18 (SPX ’18), a former Golden Lion basketball player will begin her freshman year at Georgia Southern University this fall. Mary Margaret, 13 attends 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, 21 (SPX ’15) and Ben, 19 (SPX ’17),

PAUL STANDARD III, RUNNING BACKS

Coach Standard (SPX '09) begins his second year with the Golden Lions. Coach Standard will work with the Varsity in 2018 with the running backs. Coach Standard went to LaGrange College as a student-athlete where he played safety for the Panther football team and received his Bachelor's in History. He then attended The Citadel's graduate program where he earned a Master's in secondary education as well as worked for their football program as a graduate assistant. Coach Standard is a part of the Social Studies and P.E. department where he teaches U.S. History as well as Health and Wellness. He also is an assistant for the baseball program.

MATT ANDERSON, DEFENSIVE ENDS

Coach Anderson is entering his 13th year of coaching high school football and his third year of coaching 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 Coach

Coach Michael Hatter is entering his tenth year of coaching at St. Pius X. Coach Hatter will be entering his sixth season as the defensive line coach. Previously he coached 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 both 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. Michael lives in Johns Creek with his wife Beth and two dogs.

NICK BRIGHAM, TIGHT ENDS

Coach Brigham will be entering his 1st year coaching on the St. Pius X varsity staff as the Tight Ends Coach. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2016 after playing there as a scholarship athlete since transferring to Tech after his freshman year at Maryland. He played Offensive Line and received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance as well as a double minor in History and International Affairs. He finished his classwork this summer to obtain his Masters in Teaching for Social Studies from Mercer and has one year of student teaching remaining for degree completion. A native of Brookhaven, Georgia, he will be completing his year of student teaching at Dunwoody High School.

David Conner, WIDE RECEIVERS

Coach Conner starts his 21st year of coaching high school football. Coach Conner is excited to return to St Pius X to coach Wide Receivers. Coach Conner teaches Physical Education at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Fulton County. Prior to St. Pius X, he coached at several Fulton County Schools including Riverwood High School where he was the Offensive Coordinator from 2011-2013. Coach Conner and his wife of 26 years, Laura have three children; Molly(20) attends Kennesaw State University, Emily(18) starts her Freshman year at Georgia State University, and Christian(14) who will also be a Freshman at Lambert High School in Forsyth County.

Ryan Liccardo Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Coach Liccardo begins his first year with the Golden Lions after spending the last nine at Buford High School. A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, he has also coached at the University of West Georgia, the University of North Georgia and Elite Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy. Away from the weight room Coach Liccardo enjoys golf, reading and spending time with his wife Katie and two children, Landon & Haley.