Cheerleading/Medical/Support Staff

Cheerleading/Medical/Support Staff

ALISON WRIGHT, VARSITY FOOTBALL CHEERLEADING COACH

Alison (Bruckert) Wright– Coach Wright is in her eleventh year as Head Cheerleading Coach at SPX. Having coached Varsity Football, Competition, and Basketball in the past, she currently serves as the Head of the Football Cheerleading program. She was named DeKalb County Coach of the Year in 2011. A 2001 SPX alum, Coach Wright was also a member of the cheerleading program when she attended high school. Mrs. Wright currently teaches AP Psychology and Sociology in the Social Studies Department and travels with the Campus Ministry Department on many international and domestic mission trips. Coach Wright attended Vanderbilt University for B.S. degrees in K-8 Education and Child Developmental Studies. She continued her schooling at The University of Georgia, where she obtained her M.Ed. in Social Science Education and Gifted Education, followed by attaining her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. In 2016, she married another SPX alum, Richard Wright ('99), and the two reside in Brookhaven with their furry child, Hershey.

SARAH MORGAN, JV FOOTBALL CHEERLEADING COACH

Coach Sarah Morgan begins her second year coaching the JV squad for the St. Pius Cheerleading Program. She has previously helped coach 8th Grade cheerleading. A 2011 St. Pius alum, she was a five-year member of the cheerleading program, serving as a captain for her Eighth Grade, Freshman, and Varsity squads. Coach Morgan was a competitive dancer for 18 years and a part of the dance department at St. Pius. Grateful for her amazing cheerleading experience in high school, Coach Morgan is so excited to be contributing to the cheerleading program! Outside of cheerleading, Coach Morgan teaches at Christ the King School. She graduated from the Auburn University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

RACHEL BAER, FRESHMAN FOOTBALL CHEERLEADING COACH

This is Coach Baer's first year coaching for the freshman football cheerleading squad. As a 2011 St. Pius alum, she was involved in the cheerleading program for four years in addition to participating in the dance program and student council. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is currently teaching fourth grade at Christ the King School. Coach Baer is excited to be back at St. Pius helping with the fantastic cheerleading program.

 

GARY SCHMITT, ATHLETIC TRAINER

Coach Schmitt, a certified athletic trainer, is in his 16th year as the St. Pius X Athletic Trainer. Before coming to St. Pius X, Gary worked with world renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama. He 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 currently works as the medical observer for the ACC and covers all home Georgia Tech football games. He is married to Sara Geiger Schmitt. Sara is a math teacher and is the head girls soccer coach at St. Pius X Catholic High School.

OLYDIA WALKER, ATHLETIC TRAINER

Coach Walker returns for her fourth year with the Golden Lions athletic program. Coach Walker is an athletic trainer with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and previously worked with the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. She earned her BS in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University and MS in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University.

JIMMY HEATH, SIDELINE COORDINATOR

Mr. Heath is a proud father of two St. Pius X graduates, Hillary '09 and Abbie '12. He got involved with the football team when his daughter Abbie became a student athletic trainer. His passion for Golden Lions football and the St. Pius X community leaves his wife of 30 years, Gretchen, home alone most Friday nights. If you see her, tell her thank you. This will be his 11th year working with the football team and the sports medicine staff.

GRIFFIN LOFLIN, STUDENT ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER

Griffin Loflin, a 2016 graduate of St. Pius X and a four-year member of the football team under Coach Paul Standard. He is currently attending the University of Alabama in their Athletic Training Program and has worked with Alabama Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Alabama football. Coach Loflin has worked as an assistant athletic trainer alongside his mentor Gary Schmitt for the past two summers. Griffin plans to graduate in 2020 from The University of Alabama with his Bachelor’s degree in athletic training.

KENNETH R. MAUTNER, MD, TEAM DOCTOR

Dr. Mautner serves as the Golden Lions team doctor. He has been on staff at Emory Sports Medicine since 2004. He completed his Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Mautner majored in biology and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO,and received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He took a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University School of Medicine, before completing his Fellowship in Sports Medicine. He is active in professional organizations, including the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,American College of Sports Medicine, and North American Spine Society. He currently serves as head team physician for Agnes Scott College and Emory University Athletics. He is also a consulting physician for Georgia Tech Athletics, Neuro Tour, the Atlanta Ballet, and several local high schools. Dr. Mautner has several areas of clinicinterests ranging from diagnostic ultrasound evaluations, regenerative injections, sports concussions, as well as sports hernias and spine pain in athletes.

FATHER REY PINEDA, SCHOOL CHAPLAIN
Fr. Rey Pineda was born in Guerrero in Mexico on September 14, 1988. His family emigrated to Los Angeles in 1990. In 1995 his father relocated the family to Atlanta at the height of the growth in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games. As a teenager, Fr. Rey felt drawn to the priesthood as he served mass at St. Patrick’s parish in Norcross. With the support of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, he began his seminary studies in 2006 at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, GA. (Mr. Pudysz was my roommate for a time!) After graduating from Southern Catholic in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy, he continued his formation and discernment at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He was ordained a Transitional Deacon on May 25, 2013. In May of 2014 he graduated from Mundelein Seminary with a Masters in Divinity (M.Div) and was Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on June 28. His first assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at St. Lawrence in Lawrenceville through June of 2016. He has since been serving as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Fr. Rey is a big fan and supporter of Atlanta United. He also enjoys cooking and wants to appear on Food Network’s Chopped one day.

DENNIS KELLY, ANNOUNCER
Mr. Kelly (SPX ‘76) has been in the booth during home football games for 18 years; starting as a scoreboard operator, then assisting two previous announcers as a spotter. He was thrilled to be handed the microphone in the fall of 2003 and has loved every minute since. His love of Friday Night Lights is almost as strong as his love of St. Pius X. Mr Kelly and his wife, Trisha, have three children: Cason “Casey” (SPX ‘01), Dylan (SPX ‘04) and Emma (SPX ‘08). All three of their kids played multiple sports while attending SPX, and Mr. and Mrs. Kelly never missed a game! Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are the proud grandparents to Sophia, and hope to have her help him CALL IN THE LIONS one day.

TOM FLORENCE, SPOTTER
Mr. Florence is back for his ninth season in the press box at George B. Maloof Stadium. He, and his wife Kathy, are proud “ESPN’ers” (Empty St. Pius Nesters) of two grown daughters, Jill (SPX ‘08) and Jackie (SPX ‘10). Mr. Florence is a native Atlantan and a real estate agent for the Red Rabbit Team.

JIMMY HEATH, SIDELINE COORDINATOR
Mr. Heath is a proud father of two St. Pius X graduates, Hillary ’09 and Abbie ‘12. He has been married to his wife Gretchen for 27 years. He got involved with the football team when his daughter Abbie became a student athletic trainer. His love for Golden Lion football and the St. Pius X community keeps him active even after his children have graduated. This will be his 7th year working with football team and sports medicine staff.

RICK SCHEFF, STATISTICIAN
Mr. Scheff is entering his 13th season of helping out with the statistics for the Golden Lions football program. In addition to working with St. Pius football, Mr. Scheff is the chief football statistician and basketball shot clock operator for Georgia Tech, his alma mater. He is employed as an airline consultant with Seabury Airline Planning Group and likes to unwind by riding his bicycle. Mr. Scheff and his wife, Maria, are parents of three St. Pius X graduates, Rick, Anthony and Veronika, as well as a younger son, Yegor.

MEGGAN WILCAUSKAS, ESPX COORDINATOR 

Meggan Wilcauskas begins her first year as the coordinator of ESPX, the student run broadcast program, and is in her fifth year serving as a librarian at St. Pius X. In college, Meggan represented her sorority in intramural flag football. After college, Meggan spent 8 seasons playing guard on a co-ed flag football for Atlanta Club Sports and received training as a referee. Her dreams of going professional were dashed when she found out she was pregnant with her first child. She received a BS in Chemistry from Emory University and spent four years as a chemist before entering the classroom to teach high school chemistry. She received a Masters in Instructional Technology from UGA and spent four years as an instructional technology specialist before coming to SPX to serve as a librarian.