St. Pius X Wins 2018-19 GADA Regions Bank Director's Cup
St. Pius X has won the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) Regions Bank Director's Cup for the 2018-19 school year in the AAAA classification of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). The Golden Lions won its sixth cup overall and its first in AAAA ending the 19-year run of rival Marist. The GADA Director's Cup has been awarded since 1999-2000 to recognize the athletic programs in each GHSA classification that have excelled and shown superior performance.
"This was a collective effort on the part of the entire St. Pius X family," said Principal Steve Spellman, "The student-athletes, coaches and parents all worked together to produce such results. This award, coupled with an outstanding record-setting academics year makes this year especially memorable."
St. Pius X (1,272-points) won the overall Cup competition, ahead of second-place Blessed Trinity (1,231-points) and third-place Marist (1,209-points). The Golden Lions finished at the top of the Boys' Sports Program standings, ahead of Woodward Academy and Blessed Trinity. The Girls' Sports Program ledger saw St. Pius X finish second with 613-points.
"I couldn't be more proud and excited for our student-athletes and coaches. This is an amazing accomplishment and a testament to the hard work, unity, and commitment found in our athletic department. We are blessed to be at a Christ-centered school that values strong academics coupled with a strong and comprehensive commitment to all of our sport programs. To all of our Golden Lion student-athletes and coaches, congratulations on a fantastic 2018-19 campaign," said Director of Athletics Todd Mooney.
"Winning the Director's Cup is such a great honor to all of our players and coaches. It validates that here at St. Pius X we are building up all of our programs and the community continues to support all student athletes. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing athletic department," said girls' soccer coach Sara Schmitt, who has led the Golden Lions to nine state titles in the past 11 seasons.
Twenty-five GHSA sports are counted in the standings each school year and each school's eight best team finishes earn points in the standings. St. Pius X won state championships in boys' cross country, boys' swimming, boys' track and field and boys' golf, the first state championship on the links for the Golden Lions. Volleyball and girls' soccer won state crowns, while girls' cross country and girls' swimming finished as state runners-up. Of the 22 sports St. Pius X offers, all but one advanced to the state playoffs during the 2018-2019 seasons.