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Past Board Presidents
2014 - Mike Singletary - Thomas Central
Coach Mike Singletary is a graduate of Thomas County Central, and Georgia Southern University.  Coach Singletary began his coaching career at Cairo High, and has been the head football coach and athletic director at Colquitt County High School and Sonoraville High and currently serves as athletic director for Thomas County Central and also coaches football.  Coach Singletary has been an athletic director for the past 15 years, and has been a member of the GADA for the last ten, an currently serves on the Regions Directors cup committee.  Mike has been married to his wife Teresa for 29 years and they have three children.

2013 - Gary Long, CMAA - Mill Creek High School
Gary received his Bachelors Degree in History in 1977 and later his Masters at North Georgia College. He then went on to receive his Specialists Degree in Education Admin. And Supervision at GA State University.

Gary current serves as Athletic Director at Mill Creek High School. And has also held that position at South Gwinnett and Meadow Creek.  Gary has been recognized as AD of the Year at the state level twice (2002 and 2009) as well as three times at the regional level (2002, 2006 and 2009)

Gary received his CAA in 1999 and went on to earn his CMAA in 2006.

2012 - Mike Carswell, CAA - Calvary Day
Mike received his Bachelors Degree in Education in 1981 at Bucknell University. He furthered his education at St. Lawrence University where he earned his Masters Degree in Education in 1987.

He was an Assistant AD at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1993, served as Director of Residential Life and Student Activities at the Darling School for seven years. He served as AD at Savannah Country Day School from 2000-2009 and is currently the Assistant AD at Calvary Day School. 

Mike has previously been the NIAAA Liaison for the GADA, serves on the GHSA Exectutive Commity and is the Region 3A President.  

Over the years Mike has received the State (Class A) Athletic Director of the year twice and is a seven-time Region Athletic Director of the Year.

2011 - Bob Stinchcomb, CMAA - Darlington School
Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) Board Member
GADA President 2011
Doctorate Candidate at the United States Sports Academy in Sports Management 
Master’s Degree from Florida State University in Athletic Administration 
Nationally Certified Master Athletic Administrator  (CMAA)
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Publication
Committee Member
Leadership Training Institute Coordinator for Georgia
GADA Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast Coordinator 
NAIA National Football Championship Host Committee Member
6 Nationally Published Articles in Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director, IAA, 
FCA’s Sharing the Victory, and Athletic Journal
Named Region and Classification Athletic Director of the Year
13 years experience as a college football coach and athletic administrator 
17 years experience as high school athletic administrator

2010 - Jeff Beggs, CMAA - Atlanta Public Schools
Jeff attended Southwest Dekalb High School and played on the 1972 State Championship football team under Coach Dewey Alverson. He graduated from there in 1975 and attended Furman University, where he played for Art Baker and Dick Sheridan. At Furman, he played on the first team to win the Southern Conference championship in school history in 1978. 

He received his BA in Health and Physical Education, Political Science from Furman in 1979. In 1985 he received his Masters of Education  Health and Physical Education from Georgia College in addition to Educational Leadership (Administration and Supervision) in  1991. From 1979-85 Jeff was an HPE teacher, Head Tennis Coach, and an Assistant coach in Football and Baseball at Newton Co. HS in Covington. From there he went to Rockdale Co. High School in Conyers as a teacher (American Gov't and Civics) and Assistant football coach, 1985.  In 1986 he went to Clarke Central High School in Athens as a teacher (Political Science/Economics) and Assistant football coach under the legendary Coach Billy Henderson. In 1987 he returned to Rockdale Co. High School to become Athletic Director and Head Football coach. In 1991 Jeff went to Winder-Barrow High School as Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant football coach under Coach Phil Jones. Jeff took over as Athletic Director and Head Football coach at Winder-Barrow in 1997. In 2000, Jeff stepped away from coaching and into the role as full time Athletic Director in addition to being an Assistant Principal. He served in this capacity until he retired from public education in 2008. Jeff came out of retirement in 2009 to work as Director of Equipment Operations at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina and then returned to coaching, teaching and athletic administration for The St. Francis School in Alpharetta, where he is developing their new football program.

Jeff holds professional certifications in teaching and Athletic Administration:
Educational Leadership Health and Physical Education
Political Science
NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) 2004
NIAAA Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) 2006

Some of Jeff's accomplishments as a Coach and Athletic Administrator include:
Region 8-AAAA Athletic Director of the Year 2008
State AAAA Athletic Director of the Year 2008
NIAAA Award of Merit 2006
GADA Distinguished Service Award 2009
20 years as a high school football coach
18 years as a high school athletic administrator
Over 300 student-athletes in his schools have signed athletic scholarships
Raised over $4,000,000 for athletics at Winder-Barrow during his tenure as Athletic Director
Construction and completion of the athletic facilities at Winder-Barrow
Started feeder cluster youth sports programs in football and basketball in Barrow County. Served on the YMCA Board of Directors for 10 years (1997-2007).

2010 - Carter Wilson, CMAA - Decatur High School

After more than 20 years in the basketball business, Carter Wilson has come full circle with his duties as Athletic Director and Head Basketball coach at Decatur High School.

A native of Decatur, Georgia, Wilson started his coaching career at Decatur High School in 1979.  During his tenure as an assistant coach, The Bulldogs were consistently ranked as the #1 team in the State of Georgia and as high as the #2 team in the Country in the USA Today poll.  In 1983, Coach Wilson was named Head Coach at Decatur High School and was named Region Coach of the Year in 1984 and the Dekalb County Coach of the Year in 1985.

In 1985, Wilson joined the college ranks as an assistant coach at Georgia State University where he was an integral part of GSU’s rise in Division I basketball.  In 1994, Coach Wilson was named as head coach at Georgia State University where he served for 3 seasons.

After 3 seasons as the head basketball coach at Tucker High School, Wilson returned to Decatur High School in 2000 when he became the school district’s first full-time Athletic Director.

While serving as AD at City Schools of Decatur, Coach Wilson earned a CAA certification in 2007 and was named Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2004 and 2009.  Coach Wilson joined the Board of Directors of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association in 2003 and will serve as the organizations President in 2009-2010.

2009 - Tim Vick , CMAA Greater Atlanta Christian

2008 - Joe Sanfilippo, CMAA - Jenkins HS

raduated from FSU 1974 BS Education
AD for 22 years at H.V. Jenkins High School
Past President GADA
GADA board member 8 yrs.
Region 3AAAAA Vice President
Member of NIAAA Credentials Committiee
Principles for Coaches Instructor
CAA Test Administrator
NIAAA LTP Instructor

2007 - Peggy Johnson, CAA - Chatham Co. Schools

Prior to entering education, she was an Assistant Manager for Citizens and Southern Bank in Savannah.   After leaving the bank, she became co-owner of Express Delivery.

She began her career in education as a teacher and coach at Savannah Arts Academy.  At the school, she served as Department Chair, First Aid and CPR instructor and wrote the curriculum for Health and Physical Education.  In her 17 years at the school, she coached softball, tennis, swimming, track and field and volleyball.  As a leader, she also became the instructor for the Health and Physical Education curriculum in grades K-12 in the Savannah-Chatham School District.

In 2006, she was named the Director of Athletics for the school district.  Some of the responsibilities included:  the district’s athletic budget, implementing fundraising, ordering, purchasing, and delivery of athletic equipment to the schools.  She assists principals in recruiting, selection of coaches and athletic directors, evaluation of athletic personnel and facilities. 

Her many honors in Savannah include: Top Ten Working Women, Savannah’s National Federation Citation Award and Athletic Director of the Year.  On the state level she served as President of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association and served as a delegate to the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators conference for many years.  At the national level she served on the Awards Committee of the NIAAA for one term.

 2006 - Tommy Marshall, CMAA  - Marist HS

Before taking his current position as director of athletics at Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996, Tommy Marshall coached high school football and taught social studies at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia and Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia.

 Marshall was defensive coordinator at Redan High School in 1979 when it won a state championship, and received a teacher-of the year award the same year.  As head coach at Walton High School, Marshall was the Cobb County coach of the year in three of his five years at the school.

In 1985, Marshall moved to the collegiate level as assistant head coach at Mars Hill (North Carolina) College for one season.  He then moved to his alma mater, Furman (South Carolina) University, where he was assistant football coach for eight years and assistant athletic director for one year.

Since 1996, Marshall has been instrumental in building the athletic program at Marist School, which was ranked the NO.15 high school athletic program by Sports Illustrated in 2005.

Marshall was named Georgia Athletic Directors Association Region Athletic Director of the Year four times, and most recently in the 2007-08 year.  Thanks to Marshall’s leadership, Marist was awarded 10 consecutive years as the best overall athletic program in Georgia.

Marshall, who was an all-Southern Conference defense back at Furman, has extensive involvement with the NIAAA.  He currently serves on the NIAAA Board of Directors, is a leadership training program instructor and was Georgia’s NIAA liaison for six years.  He is also an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) serving on the South Carolina FCA Board of Directors in the early 1990s.

2005 - Charles Turner, CMAA - Cedar Shoals HS

Charles Turner is a native of Union Point, Georgia, and has served on the GADA Board since 1990.  He began his teaching and coaching career in 1975 at Oglethorpe County High School and ended it in 2004 at Cedar Shoals High School.  Charles Turner has been active on the GADA Board for 19 years.

Charles received his under graduate degree in 1975 from Clark College and graduate degree in 1999 from the United States Sports Academy.  He became a Certified Athletic Administrator in 1996 and a Certified Master Athletic Administrator in 2003.

8-AAA Athletic Director of the Year 1995
8-AAAA Athletic Director of the Year 1997 & 2001
AAAA Athletic Director of the Year 1997

Charles served as president of the GADA in 2004-2005 and received the State Award of Merit in 2001 and 2005.  In retirement Charles remains active with GADA as a Past President's representative.  He worked from 2005-2009 as a sales representative for Daktronics Inc. In the year 2011 Charles started his own business: CAT Sports & Marketing Group.  He now represents such companies as: Business Art Design, Apex Awards, Signal Signs, Madco Sourcing, Slam Dunk Marketing, Pro Look Uniforms and Total Sports Entertainment.

2004 - Johnny Seabrooks - Dougherty Co. Schools

 2003 - Charles Wilson, CMAA - Cass HS

An educator since 1983
Teacher / Coach / Athletic Director / Assistant Principal at Cass / High School Social Studies teacher, Football Assistant, Boys Basketball Assistant, Girls Basketball Assistant, Head Coach Boys Golf, Head Coach Girls Golf, Head Coach Fast Pitch Softball.

Athletic Director (1994-2004).
Six-time Regional A.D. of the Year  (‘96, ‘97, ’99, ’00, ‘02, ’03).
Two-time Georgia Athletic Director of the Year (1999 Class AAAA, 2000 All Classifications).
2000 Nike/AWA National Athletic Director of the Year.

Member of National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association National Faculty.

NIAAA Award of Merit, 2003.

Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), 1998.

Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA), 2001.

GHSA Region Secretary (1994-2002). 

GHSA Executive Committee member (2002-present).

2002 - Jay Russell, CAA - LaGrange HS

Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Education: B.S. in Education from University of Georgia
M.Ed. in Education from University of Georgia
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University
College Sports Experience: 3-year letterman at University of Georgia
Coaching Experience:

1983 - 1984 - Barnesville Academy - Athletic Director I Head Football and Baseball Coach
1985 - 1991 - Georgia Southern University - Assistant Football Coach
1992 - 1993 - Rabun County High School - Athletic Director I Head Football Coach
1994 - 1998 - Stephens County High School - Athletic Director I Head Football Coach
1999 - 2000 - Gordon Central High School - Athletic Director I Head Football Coach
2000 - Georgia / Florida All-Star Game Coaching Staff Overall record as a head varsity coach: 70 –37
2000 - Present - LaGrange High School - Athletic Director
2002 - 2003 - President of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association
2003 - Present - LaGrange High School - Head Ninth Grade Coach

Family: Coach Russell is married to the former Ida Hudson of LaGrange.  Their family also includes five children: Mandy, 26; Davis, 24; Murphy, 19; Henry, 17; and Fred, 14.

Jay is also the son of late and legendary GA Southern and UGA Defensive Coordinator Erk Russell.

2001 - Ed Pilcher - Thomas Co. Schools

Ed has over 38 years in coaching experience. Including 24 years as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Early, Co., Bainbridge and Thomas Co. schools.  In 2001 Ed served as president of the GADA.  He's received Region AD of the year four times and has won State AD of the year. 

Ed's coaching accomplishments include coaching five teams to state championships and seven regional championships.  He's also received the GACA Coach of the Year award and will begin serving as the GACA President for the 2010-11 season.

Ed and his wife Lorraine have been married 40 years and have five children and seven grandchildren.

2000 - Kenny Moore
, CAA - Morgan Co. Schools

1999 - Derrick Hulsey - Glynn Co. Schools

1998 - Rick Tomberlin - Washington Co. HS
Married 27 years to wife Angela.
Daughter Tiffany - Age 20 currently a student at VSU

Since 1992 Coach Tomberlin's Football Accomplishments
5 State Football Champhionship games.
3 Times State Champion
9 Region Championships
8 Times Semi Finals
4-2 Record in GA Dome Games since 1994
10 Times "Sweet 16”
17 State Football Playoffs
14 All Classification Area Weight Lifting Competitions

State Football Champions 15 - 0 Records 1994, 1996, 1997
State Football Runner-Up 1992 & 2004

Overall Record as a Head Coach 218 - 97
Georgia record for winning most games at one school during 9 & 10 year period.
2003 Selected as finalist (Top 5 in the country) For NFL's High School Football Coach of the Year.
Nominated NFL's High School Football Coach of the Year 2004 & 2005
As Head Coach 124 Player have received college scholarships.
41 Players under Coach Tomberlin have been members of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All-State Teams.

Weight Lifting
Georgia All Classification Area Weight Lifting Champions 2001, 2002 & 2009
Georgia AAAAA State Weight Lifting Champions 2007 & 2009

1997 - Tom Price, CAA - Cobb Co. Schools

Tom Price began his career as an educater after graduating from Tennessee Technological Univ. with a B.S. degree in education in 1973 and his Master's degree in 1974.  He chose health and physical education as his major after graduating from Young High in Knoxville, TN.  Tom played basketball and baseball while attending TN Tech. 

Tom has spent his entire professional career in Cobb Co. and served the community as a teacher, coach (Baseball, Boy's Basketball, Boy's Golf, Girls Track and Volleyball), assistant Athletic Director, Director of Athletics and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.  He assumed the Cobb Co. Athletic Director's role from his friend and mentor - charter GADA member, Corky Kell.  Tom attended Jacksonville State Univ. from 1989-1991 where he received his ED.S degree.  He also served on the GHSA Executive Committee, representing what was then Region 5-AAAA.  Tom retired from the Cobb Co. school system in 2002.

1996 - Roy "Buddy" Knapp Jr. - Mt. Zion HS

Roy "Buddy" Knapp Jr coached GA high school football, basketball and golf teams for nearly 30 years.  Caoching teams for Carrollton, Mt Zion, Chattooga and Coosa high schools.  During his career in Georgia and Alabama he took teams to post season play 18 times. He was named Coach of the year 8 times and three times named All-Star game coach.  He's been inducted into the hall of fame for Mt. Zion high school as well as Notasulga high school in Alabama. 

Coaching is a family affair for the Knapps.  Son of Roy Knapp and father of Brian Knapp. 

A member of the GADA since 1988 until his retirement in 2003. Buddy has received the following awards as an Athletic Director.

1992 & 1994 Class A Region Athletic Director of the Year
1994 Class A State A Athletic Director of the Year
2000 State Athletic Director of the Year, all classes
Recipient of the 2002 NIAAA State Meritorious Service Award

Buddy served as president of the GADA in 1995-96 and was instrumental in encouraging the GHSA to move from a four classification system to the current five classification system.

1995 - 
Charles R. Webb, Brigadier General, AUS (Ret.) Ed.D., CMAA - Statesboro, HS

During his 32 years in education, Dr. Charles Webb served as a teacher, coach, department chair, athletic director, assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, central office administrator, and superintendent before retiring in 2008.  He earned four (4) degrees from Georgia Southern University, including the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) in Education Administration (2001).  He was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa in 1993.  He also graduated from the U.S. Army War College (1996-1997) and retired as a Brigadier General in the Army of the United States (AUS) in 2000 after more than 32 years of military service that included four (4) active duty tours.  He was named Georgia's Athletic Director of the Year in 1993 by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) and nominated for National Athletic Director of the Year in 1994 by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA).  From 1999-2003, he was a member of the NIAAA National Faculty.  He served as the seventh president of the GADA in 1994-95.  During his term as president, the GADA membership increased, the quarterly newsletter was upgraded, the national certification program grew, and the annual conference expanded its outreach to include more college and university athletic administrators.  Since retiring, Charles has served as a leadership consultant in strategic planning, school finance, gender equity and collaborative team building.

1994 - Dr. Lucia Norwood, CMAA-
Executive Director (Dekalb Co. Schools) (Retired)

Lucia Norwood began her career by opening a new school in Poughkeepsie, New York. After arriving in Atlanta, she began a 36 year career with Dekalb County School System as a teacher and coach. As a gymnastic coach, her teams won five consecutive State Championships and held national records for the most state and consecutive state championships. In 1975 she accepted a system wide position as an athletic administrator and retired after serving 27 years.

As an athletic administrator she was responsible for initiating fast pitch softball and softball fields, state competitive cheerleading and wrote the rules for the competition, updating track and field, designing a new cross-country course, sports safety program, and established a gymnastic and cheerleading judges’ associations. Lucia served as a Track and Field Site Manager for the 1996 Olympic Games. She was honored as Region Athletic Director of the Year, State Athletic Director of the Year and Southeastern Athletic Director of the Year.

During her career, she was extremely active professionally. She served three terms on the National Federation Gymnastic Rules Writing Committee and became the first Georgian to serve on the NIAAA Board of Directors. She chaired the 25th anniversary Committee of the NIAAA and also chaired the Financial Committee for their Strategic Planning Committee.  For her service, she received the National Federation Citation Award and the Thomas E. Fredrick Distinguished Service Award which is one of two of the highest awards given by the NIAAA.

After retiring in 2002, she became an Adjunct Professor for Ohio University and taught Master’s students online for four years. She spent a year writing Principles for Coaches for the Georgia High School Association. She continues to teach the Principles for Coaches classes, and ASEP First Aid classes. Lucia remains a member of the GHSA Executive and chairs the Gymnastics and Sportsmanship Committees.

A charter member of the GADA, she was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors and first woman President.

In October of 2009 she was inducted into the NIAAA Hall of Fame. Currently she serves as the GADA Executive Director.

1993 -
Steve Spellman - Gwinnett Co. HS
Steve began his coaching a career in DeKalb County at Briarcliff High School where he taught History and coached football and swimming.  Leaving DeKalb, he returned to the University of Georgia as an assistant swimming coach and obtained his Master’s (M.A.) and Specialists Degrees (Ed.S).

He left the University to join the legendary coach, Tally Johnson at Central Gwinnet High school where he taught History and served as defensive coordinator and head track coach.  One of his defenses remains the #1 defense in Gwinnett County history, while three others are still in the Top Ten.

He left Central to become the head football coach at South Gwinnett high school where he led his team into the play-offs for the first time in many years and set 42 school records. 

He became the Director of Athletics for the Gwinnett County Public Schools and also became the President of the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association and served as Region 8 representative to the Georgia High School Association Executive Committee.  While serving as President of the GADA, he lead the  move to allow lay coaches in the state of Georgia,  helped pass legislation to eliminate the Georgia Sales tax on athletic tickets, and along with Corkey Kell, we one of the originators of the Georgia Dome Game, now named the Corky Kell Classic. 

He left Gwinnet County in 2000 to assume the principalship of St. Pius X Catholic High School where he currently serves and remains active in Georgia High School Athletics. 

Bob Griffith - Effingham Co. HS

Bob was raised in Louisville, KY and graduated from Atherton High School.  He received a scholarship to play football at Virginia Tech where he graduated in Distributed Education.

After he served in the military for two years with a year in Vietnam, he began his coaching career at Northside High School in Warner Robins as an assistant for three years.

He became Athletic Director and Head football coach in Baxley, GA at Appling Co. High School for five years.

He then accepted a position as Athletic Director and Head football coach at Colquitt Co. High School in Moultrie, GA for three years.

Followed by an 18 year stay as Athletic Director and Head football coach at Effingham Co. High School in Springfield, GA.

Aftger 30 years of coaching he retired and immediately took over (half days) as Athletic Director and Head football coach again in Baxley, GA.  Where he coached many of his former player's sons for four years.

Bob accepted a position at Georgia Tech as Director of High School Relations where he resided in Atlanta and worked for three years.  He is married to Stella (41 years), with three children and three grandchildren.  He is still involved in Georgia Tech football by attending high school clinics and working with high school coaches. 

1991 -
William Dexter Wood, CAA - Marietta HS

Married 33 years to Martha G. Wood
Daughter, Rachel, Three grandchildren

1995 – present  Buford High School Athletic Director(99-present), Head Football Coach (95-04)
1987-1995  Marietta High School Health Teacher, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach
1984-1987 Lassiter High School Health/PE Dept. Chairman, Athletic Coordinator, Head Football Coach

University of Alabama - B.S. General Business, 1973
Jacksonville State University -  Masters of Education- Health and Physical Education, 1981
Jacksonville State University -  Education Specialist-Health and Physical Education, 1992

Career record of 257-92-3 in 30 years as a head football coach
State Champions: 2001, 2002, 2003.
State Runners-Up:  2000, 2004
Established Georgia state record of 47 consecutive wins in 2004
17 Region Championships
State Coach-of-the Year Awards:  1991, 2001, 2002, 2003
Georgia-Florida All Star Game, Offensive Coordinator, 1993 and 1999
North-South All-Star Game, Assistant Coach, 2003
North-South All-Star Game, Head Coach, 2004
GACA Shorty Doyal Award, 2002
Alabama Wiregrass Sports Hall-of-Fame Inductee, 1997
Jacksonville State University Alumnus-of-the-Year Award, 2003

1990 - 
Melvin Crook - Douglas Co. HS

1989 - Max Bass - Newnan HS

Max is a charter member of the Georgia Athletic Directors Assoc. He was president for the first two of the Association. He was instrumental in getting the association started and on its way to being the great organization that it is today.

After graduating from Jackson State University Max held two assistant coaching positions. He coached one year at Canton, GA, and two years at Cedartown. Cedartown won the state championship in 1963. His first head coaching position was at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fl. He led Bolles to the Citrus Bowl in 1964. In 1964 Max earned his Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Max move to Newnan in 1966 where he went on to be head coach and athletic director of Newnan High School for 29 years (1966-1995). The four years prior to his arrival, Newnan had won only three games. As head coach the team won 18, lost one and tied once in his first two years. During his 29 years as head coach Max accumulated more than 200 wins.

Just a few of the highlights of Max's career:
Elected into the Cowetta Co. Sports Hall of Fame
Coached GA All-Stars
Instrumental in organizing the Ga.-Fla. All-Star Game
Won the first high school game in the Ga. Dome
First State president of the Georgia Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Charter member of the Georgia Athletic Directors Assoc.(G.A.D.A.)
First President of the G.A.D.A. holding the office for two terms
Recipient of the Dwith Keith Award for excellence
Recipient of the National Athletic Direct of the Year Award
Seven times, Coach of the year
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