St. Pius X was named the winner of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Class AAAA Directors Cup on May 29. The title was the school’s first in the AAAA classification. Their previous five all came in class AAA.
The Director’s Cup competition awards points to schools based on performances in state playoff games and meets. In the 2018-19 school year, the Golden Lions won state championships in boys swimming, track and field, cross country and golf, and in girls soccer and volleyball. St. Pius finished with 1,272 points, while runner-up Blessed Trinity scored 1,231 points, and the defending champion Marist War Eagles finished third with 1,209 points, ending the school’s 19-year streak of winning their classification’s Director’s Cup.
“I couldn’t be more proud and excited for our student-athletes and coaches,” said St. Pius X Athletic Director Todd Mooney. “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 sports programs.”
Coming into the 2018-19 school year, the first-year St. Pius athletic director set a goal of winning the AAAA Director’s Cup.
“We accomplished the goal together,” he said. “That’s one of the great things about this competition. Every team, every student-athlete, and every coach, athletic trainer, and our strength and conditioning coordinator play a part in the department’s success. Unity within our programs has been one of our underlying themes this year.”
Mooney attributed the success to a simple formula.
“Our student-athletes and coaches are driven by the school’s commitment to excellence,” he said. “Our parent community and Athletic Association are amazing in support and our sports medicine coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator are second to none. St. Pius X Catholic High School is truly a destination.”
As the Golden Lions celebrate their first Director’s Cup title since 2014, the program’s summer practices have begun, working toward a repeat next year.