Coach Ali Wood is excited to be the new Varsity Cheerleading head coach. She previously coached competition cheer, diving, and basketball cheer for St. Pius X for a number of years. Coach Wood graduated from St. Pius X in 2011 after being a committed member of the cheer program for 2 years in middle school and all 4 years in high school. She attended University of Georgia for undergraduate studies and Georgia Southern University to receive her Masters degree. After teaching at Saint Jude for six years, she returned home to the SPX community in 2021 as an English teacher. This year, she will teach psychology and sociology. She married her husband, Mason, in January 2021.
Coach Megan (Fannon) Savage will be the JV Cheerleading coach this season after spending the past nine seasons with the middle school cheerleading program. Coach Savage graduated from St. Pius in 2009 after being a four year member of the SPX track and field team and a member of the cheerleading program. Coach Savage went on to throw collegiately at Georgia Southern University, excelling in the indoor weight throw as well as the hammer throw. She graduated in 2013 with a Sport Management degree with a minor in Business. She recently graduated with her masters degree at Mercer University, although she remains a loyal Georgia Southern Eagle at heart. HAIL SOUTHERN! Coach Savage currently teaches first grade at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School.
Coach Riley Hooper is in her second year in the St. Pius X cheerleading program as the Freshman Coach. She was a four-year member of the Varsity Football Cheerleading Squad, and a two-year member of both the Competition Cheerleading Squad and the Varsity Basketball Squad. Coach Hooper graduated from St. Pius in 2017 and is joined as an alumnae by her mother, Anne Marie Ciprari-Hooper (‘77), and her sister, Jennings Hooper (‘20). She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2021. Coach Hooper currently resides in Brookhaven.