Coaches

Coaches

HEAD VARSITY COACH: Matt Anderson

Coach Anderson has been coaching lacrosse for 6 years.  Coach Anderson got his start in Cobb county as the Boys Head Lacrosse Coach for three years.  He is returning to the boys game after serving two years as the Girls Head Coach at St. Pius X.  Coach Anderson is a level one and level two certified US Lacrosse Coach on the boys and girls side of the game.

Assistant Coaches: 2018 - 2019

Doug Nelson

Coach Nelson was a starting member of the Georgia Tech lacrosse team for his entire career, including the 1992 undefeated season.  He spent one year as the head coach, in 1995.  Coach Nelson resumed coaching in 2001 as the defensive coordinator at Westminster under Coach Suoza.  In 3 years, they coached in 3 semi-final games, 2 state championship games, and won the title in 2003. Doug joined Decatur lacrosse in 2005 and helped build a winning culture over 10 years.  In that time, Coach Nelson served as offensive and defensive coordinator at various times.  His 2 years as offensive coordinator were Decatur's most successful teams (2012, 2013).  Decatur played in the semi-finals both years and scored more points than they had before or after.  Coach Nelson joined St. Pius in 2015.  As a defensive coordinator, his philosophy is to emphasize team defense, off ball positioning, and disguised slide packages

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas grew up in the lacrosse hot bed of Baltimore. He graduated Pikesville High School with All County honors his junior and senior years. Recruited to Hofstra as an attackman, coach Dick Garber later convinced him to play under him at UMASS Amherst.  Since then, Paul has played in hundreds of club games and masters’ tournaments; been elected to various All-Star teams; and awarded MVP honors throughout his 30s, 40s and 50s in cities spanning Los Angeles to Lake Placid. He has won Gold medals at various age groups at the World Games in the festival division in 2014 and 2018. In Denver’s 2014 World Lacrosse Festival, Paul was the only tournament player to earn gold medals in three different age divisions. Last summer, at the Lacrosse World Games in Israel, his team earned another gold medal. 

As for coaching, Paul is US Lacrosse Level 1 and Level 2 certified.

In 2008, Paul founded Northside Youth Lacrosse – otherwise known as "The Surge” – as a platform to really instill the fundamentals and share the nuances with boys k-8th grade. He has served as its Director and Head Coach since inception. Today, the Surge enrolls roughly 700 boys a year through its program.  As a reinforcement to learning, Paul introduced the community to MLL and NLL talent clinics, and negotiated Atlanta's first-ever Thompson Brothers clinic with the GA Swarm.  In 2010 he started the Georgia division of C2C Lacrosse with elite travel competition and college recruitment. After growing C2C to 10 teams, he merged C2C with Thunder in 2016.  Over the last 15 years, Paul has served as a community coach and offensive coordinator for many area high schools including Lovett, where he helped the lions win a state title in 2004.  Holy Innocents for two years, helping them to make state quarter finals.  In 2007 and 2008 he helped at St. Pius, where the team made the state's semi-final. He oversaw the offense at Woodward Academy in 2016 and 2017.  He also advocated for, and helped to launch, lacrosse teams at Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School.  Most recently, Paul was awarded US Lacrosse- GA Chapter " 2019 Man of the Year" by the Hall of Fame committee for his efforts in the GA lacrosse community.

Tom Cobb

Coach Cobb has been coaching at the high school level in Georgia for the last 14 years, most recently at Wheeler High School.  While at Wheeler Coach Cobb was on the staff that led the team to their first ever appearance in the post-season playoffs and a first place finish in their region in 2018.  In addition to lacrosse Coach Cobb works for AT&T, is married with 3 grown children (one grandchild).  He is a West Point graduate and a retired helicopter pilot from the US Army. Coach Cobb and his wife live in Marietta, and this is his first season with St. Pius.