Coach Standard enters his 19th year as Head Football Coach and 35th year overall in education and coaching. He has surpassed the overall wins record of legendary Coach George B. Maloof with a career record of 159-64. The 2018 Golden Lions won the Region Championship with a 10-2 record and a 10 game winning streak. 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 only 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 7 Region Championships, a 24-16 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 served in the United States Army Reserve from 1984-1992 and 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 3rd 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 works as an Occupational Therapist at Augusta University Hospital, and Margaret May is a sophomore at St. Pius X.
Coach Garrison begins his 20th year as the offensive line coach for the Golden Lions. This will also mark his 29th year coaching high school athletics. He begins his seventeenth year as the Physical Education Department Chair and tenth as an Assistant Athletic Director at St. Pius X. He is also entering his 5th season 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-eight 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, 29 (SPX 2009), the Head Basketball Cheerleading coach; Mackenzie, 25 (SPX 2013), and Brennan, 22 (SPX 2016), a senior at Georgia Southern.
Coach Todd Stewart begins his 10th 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 third 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 married Kelli Terracino in March of this year. Kelli teaches at St. Jude the Apostle and is the JV Volleyball coach here at St. Pius X.
Coach Marshbank enters his first year at St. Pius X and will be working with the cornerbacks and Special Teams. This will be his 10th year coaching football and he has served in similar roles at Skyline High School in Idaho and Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County. Coach Marshbank will also serve in the Math department as a Geometry and Advanced Algebra teacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy (1989-2009), retiring at the rank of CWO3. Coach Marshbank and his wife Heather have 3 children: Myles (26), Hailey (20), and Eli (17).
Coach Gilbert is beginning his 19th year at St. Pius as a football coach. This year Coach Gilbert will be the Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Secondary. During his tenure at St. Pius X, Coach Gilbert has coached the Secondary, the defensive ends and Coach Gilbert 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. Coach Gilbert teaches Physical Education, Health and Weight Training. He has four daughters: Katy Gilbert Moss (SPX '12), 25, who with her husband Jeff Moss are both serving in the US Army. Sara, 22 (SPX ’15), Sara graduated from Georgia Tech majoring in Business Finance in May 2019 and is currently working for Peachtree Financial here in Atlanta. Jill, 19 (SPX ’18), Jill is starting her Sophomore year at Georgia Southern University, Hail Southern! Jill is majoring in Exercise Science to be an Athletic Trainer. Mary Margaret, 14 is beginning her freshman year here at SPX. Coach Bob Gilbert and Kristi Carson (SPX ’85) married in the spring of 2013. Kristi has two sons: Andrew, 22 (SPX ’15) is in his Final year at Georgia Southern and Ben, 20 (SPX ’17) Ben will be starting his junior year at Georgia College and State University!
Coach Standard (SPX '09) begins his third year with the Golden Lions. Coach Standard will work with the Varsity running backs in 2019. 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.
Coach Adams is beginning his 30th year as a football coach in metro Atlanta and his first year at St. Pius X. He will serve the St. Pius X football program as a defensive ends coach for the varsity squad. Coach Adams is the son of Louise Adams and the late L. Richard Adams. He was raised in Chamblee, Georgia and is a 1990 graduate of Georgia Southern University (B.S.Ed). Coach Adams has 3 sons (Nicholas, 28; Callahan, 24; and Samuel, 21) and a daughter, Sarah, who is 17.
Prior to his arrival at St. Pius X, Coach Adams served, among other things, as head football coach for Cross Keys High School (2X), Avondale High School, and Druid Hills High School. He also served as Head Coach of the DeKalb County Schools East All-Stars in 2012.
Coach Michael Hatter is entering his eleventh year of coaching at St. Pius X. Coach Hatter will be entering his seventh season as the defensive line coach.Previously he coached for the St. Pius X Middle School team from 2009 through 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.
Coach Brigham will be entering his 2nd 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 obtained his Masters in Teaching for Social Studies from Mercer this past spring. A native of Brookhaven, Georgia, he will also be starting his first year as a full time Social Studies teacher for St. Pius X.
Coach Liccardo begins his second year with the Golden Lions after spending nine years 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 Katy and three children, Landon (5), Haley (3), & Lucas (1).
GARY SCHMITT, ATHLETIC TRAINER
Coach Schmitt, a certified athletic trainer, is in his 17th 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 will be working in the weight room and is the head girls soccer coach at St. Pius X Catholic High School.
OLYDIA WALKER, ATHLETIC TRAINER
Coach Walker returns for her fifth 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 football family keeps him busy on the football field. This will be his 12th year working with the football team and the sports medicine staff and he looks forward to many more!
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.
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.
ANDREW MABINI, ESPX COORDINATOR