Ryan McClay, Head Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach McClay is entering his 12th year of coaching at St. Pius X. He has coached the boys to 8 state cross-country titles and 2 state runner ups in eleven years. He is also the head boys and girls track coach where he has led the boys to 4 state track titles and the girls to 1 state track runner up. He graduated from Dacula High School after running cross country for three years and track for two under Andy Christie. He then went on to run at the collegiate level for Berry College. While at Berry he raced in 7 National Championship races in Cross Country and track. He is married to Katie McClay and together they both continue to run races ranging from 5k to the marathon. They have a son, Ashton McClay who was born the day of the first cross country race in 2015.
Kirk Miller, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Miller is entering his 17th year of coaching at St. Pius X. He has won 14 state titles in cross country and track while at St. Pius X. He graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta where he ran cross country and track for four years under Coach Tribble. He went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Georgia Bulldog where he specialized in the 800m and the steeplechase. Previously, Coach Miller worked with the athletes at Westminster where he won two other state titles. Coach Miller and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters, Sarah and Nora.
Andrew Pudysz, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Pudysz is has been a Theology teacher at St. Pius since the 2016-2017 academic year, teaching both freshman and sophomores, is the Auto Club moderator, & also helps with the track and field team. He has been married to his wife, Julia, since 2010 and has five children (Andrew, Jr., Veronica, Simon, Emelia, and Colette)...and a beloved black lab named Charlie.
Katie McClay, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Katie returns to the cross country team this fall for her 6th year. She also works with the girls team. She is an avid runner who enjoys keeping up with her husband, Ryan McClay. Together they have a back lab and a four year old son. She races distances from the 5k all the way to the marathon. In addition to coaching Cross Country, she also coaches track in the spring. She currently is the PE teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary. In her spare time she swims, studies running, and cooks healthy foods.
Austin Sprague, Assistant Boys Cross Country Coach
Coach Sprague is entering his 2nd year of coaching at St.Pius X. As an alumnus of the program during the Ryan McClay era ('14), he was a part of 6 team state championship titles and 6 individual state championship titles. He ran collegiately at both Furman University and The University of Georgia where he posted times of 14:13 in the 5k and 29:45 in the 10k. Additionally, coach Sprague was a part of two NCAA Divison I National Championship teams where his team placed 13th in cross country (2015) and 1st in track and field (2018). Outside of coaching, he is an avid runner, biker, and marketing professional. He is a proud cat dad to his tabby named Loaf and is always on the hunt to find Atlanta's best pizza joint.