Female Scholarship Finalists
  • Agnes Kumi – Blessed Trinity
  • Maddie McCleary – Athens Academy
  • Alexandria Neal – Union Grove HS
  • Diarra Oden – Marist School
  • Anna Crowley – Calvary Day School
Female Scholarship Award Winner
  • Maggie O’Leary – Norcross HS
Male Scholarship Finalists
  • Wesley Potter- Sequoyah HS
  • Ryan Sullivan – Marist School
  • Coleman Hatmaker – Union Grove HS
  • Christopher Turko – Blessed Trinity
  • Oliver Stephan – Peachtree Ridge HS
Male Scholarship Award Winner
  • Ryan Iyer – Athens Academy
Athletic Director of the Year

The highest award the GADA presents every year is the State of Georgia Athletic Director of the Year Award. It is my pleasure to announce the 2017-2018 GADA Athletic Director of the Year:

  • Mark Kelly – St. Pius X
2018 GADA Award Winners

Each year the National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators in cooperation with the GADA selects a NIAAA State Award of Merit winner. In addition, the GADA board also selects a state winner for each of the NIAAA national awards. The state winner for each award automatically becomes the Georgia nominee for the national awards. We would like to recognize the GADA state winners for each award.

  • NIAAA State Award of Merit: Dr. Curt Miller – Henry County Schools
  • NIAAA Distinguished Service Award Nominee: Jasper Jewell
  • NFHS Citation Award Nominee: Ruth Donahoo – Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
  • Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award Nominee: Nathan Turner – Forsyth County Schools
  • NIAAA Hall of Fame Nominee: Bob Ward – Retired
Classification ADs of the Year

For each of the six classification, and overall AD of the year is selected. At this time, we would like to recognize the overall ADs of the year for each classification. They are as follows:

  • Class A: Taylor Davis – Hebron Christian
  • Class 2A: Kandice Pritchett Mitchell – Atlanta Public Schools
  • Class 3A: Elli Connell – Monroe Area
  • Class 4A: Bryce Robinson – Upson-Lee
  • Class 5A: David Shields – Ware Co.
  • Class 6A: Jason Holcombe – Johns Creek
  • Class 7A: Brian DeBerry – Grayson

Congratulations to all of you. You are an outstanding group of leaders and we are pleased that your peers have chosen to recognize your commitment to Georgia Athletics.

NIAA Advanced Certifications

We would like to recognize athletic directors who have received advanced certifications through the NIAAA:

  • RMSAA
    • Rusty Evans
  • CAA
    • Christopher Kane
    • Robert McFerrin/li>
    • John Weyher
    • Kevin Kenny
    • Lawrence O’Hayer
    • Kevin Strickland
  • CMAA
    • Rusty Evans
    • Dawn Odom
    • Curt Miller
Regional AD Winners

Class 1A Region Winners

  • Region 1: John Williams – Calhoun County
  • Region 2: Winston Peterson – Clinch County
  • Region 3: Chad Griffin – Calvary Day
  • Region 4: Gabe Thesis – Schley County
  • Region 5: John Amosa – AIS
  • Region 6: Eddie Guth – Darlington School
  • Region 7: Chad Alligood – Washington-Wilkes
  • Region 8: Taylor Davis – Hebron Christian

Class 2A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Benjamin Tillman – Thomasville
  • Region 2: Chunk Reid – Vidalia
  • Region 3: Rex Hodges – Dodge County
  • Region 4: Bernard Bowman – Glenn Hills
  • Region 5: Shane Lassiter – Heard County
  • Region 6: Kandice Pritchett Mitchell – Atlanta Public Schools
  • Region 7: Telisa Chapman – Armuchee High School
  • Region 8: Lee Shaw – Rabun County

Class 3A Region Winners

  • Region 1: William Pate – Crisp Couny
  • Region 2: Brandon Jernigan – Pierce County
  • Region 3: Ashley Tremble-Hamer – Johnson-Savannah
  • Region 4: Chad Campbell – Peach County
  • Region 5: Charlycye Henderson – Redan High School
  • Region 6: Meredith Barnhill – Adairsville
  • Region 7: Nicky Jenkins – Lumpkin County
  • Region 8: Elli Connell – Monroe Area

Class 4A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Kendall Mills – Haradaway
  • Region 2: Bryce Robinson – Upson-Lee
  • Region 3: Lisa White – Cross Creek
  • Region 4: Jose Fernandez – Woodward Academy
  • Region 5: Mike Pauley – LaGrange
  • Region 6: Mark Lentych – Southwest Whitfield
  • Region 7: Alan Griffin, Jr. – White County
  • Region 8: Mark Kelly – St. Pius

Class 5A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Mike Chastain – Warner Robbins
  • Region 2: David Shields – Ware County
  • Region 3: Stacey Smith – McIntosh
  • Region 4: Britt Morton – Hampton
  • Region 5: Sharon Richard – Arabia Mountain
  • Region 6: Reginald Curry – Maynard Jackson
  • Region 7: Don Breedlove – Paulding County
  • Region 8: Jonathan Edwards – Johnson-Gainesville

Class 6A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Hank Wright – Lee County
  • Region 2: Ken Griffin – Bradwell Institute
  • Region 3: Charles Landy – Heritage Conyers
  • Region 4: Dorwyn Lyles – Charles Drew
  • Region 5: Albert Lindsey – Douglas County
  • Region 6: Matt Bradford – South Cobb
  • Region 7: Jason Holcombe – Johns Creek
  • Region 8: Matt McDonald – Lanier

Class 7A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Greg Tillery – Colquitt County
  • Region 2: Jeff Hudson – Campbell
  • Region 3: Sherri Thoroughman – Hillgrove
  • Region 4: Tonya Sebring – Woodstock High School
  • Region 5: Drew Ferrer – Lambert
  • Region 6: Matt Champitto – North Gwinnett
  • Region 7: Lashawn Smith – Meadowcreek
  • Region 8: Brian DeBerry – Grayson

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