Female Scholarship Finalists
  • Natalie Morrissey Selover – Marist Academy
  • Madison Kelly – Union Grove HS
  • Beth Miller – Blessed Trinity HS
  • Erin Kenney – Hiram HS
  • Tori Ridgeway – Etowah HS
Female Scholarship Award Winner
  • Peyton Gulley – Pope HS
Male Scholarship Finalists
  • Alexander Windham – Allatoona HS
  • Caleb Griffis – Tallulah Falls School
  • Russ Leroy – Lincoln County HS
  • Nicholas Kundin – Archer HS
  • Leif Anderson – Marist School
Male Scholarship Award Winner
  • James Ryan Mancini – Blessed Trinity HS
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 2018-2019 GADA Athletic Director of the Year:

  • Kandice Mitchell – Atlanta Public Schools
2019 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: Nathan Turner – Forsyth Co.
  • NIAAA Distinguished Service Award Nominee: Dawn Odom – St. Vincent’s Academy
  • NFHS Citation Award Nominee: Jasper Jewell – Atlanta Public Schools
  • Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award Nominee: Curt Miller – Henry County
  • NIAAA Hall of Fame Nominee: Bob Ward – Retired
  • Dr. Bob Stinchcomb Athletic Leadership Award: Tommy Marshall – Marist
Learn More About The Bob Stinchcomb Award
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: Kevin Petroski – Athens Academy
  • Class 2A: Dawn Odom – St. Vincent’s Academy
  • Class 3A: James Stanford – Pike County
  • Class 4A: Ricky Turner – Blessed Trinity
  • Class 5A: Mike Vena – Whitewater
  • Class 6A: Mekia Troy – Creekside
  • Class 7A: Jimmy Dorsey – McEachern

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:

  • RAA
    • Tracy Edwards
    • Chad Suddeth
    • Stephon Brown
    • Richard Myrick
    • William Barry Williams
    • Kanika Richardson
    • William Henry Stikes
  • RMSAA
    • Anthony Robinson
    • Dwayne Carter
  • CMAA
    • Curt Miller
    • Kandice Mitchell
    • Bradley Dehem
    • Nathan Turner
    • Brett Phipps
    • Vernise Harris-Hill
  • CAA
    • Natasha Harrington
    • Dwayne Carter
    • Eddie Hood
    • Corey Collier
    • Salina Crayton
    • Keisha Brown
    • Tonya Sebring
    • Anthony Robinson
    • Joshua Moore
    • Reginald Curry
    • Tracy Edwards
    • Kechia Rowles
    • Clinton Lawrence
    • Carl Green
    • David Strong
Regional AD Winners

Class 1A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Dr. William Vincent Huff – Terrell County
  • Region 2: Winston Peterson – Clinch County
  • Region 3: Mark Stroud – Claxton
  • Region 4: Derek Goodroe – Marion County
  • Region 5: John Amosa – Atlanta International
  • Region 6: Leigh Block – The Walker School
  • Region 7: Greg Moore – First Presbyterian Day School
  • Region 8: Kevin Petroski – Athens Academy

Class 2A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Chris Merritt – Thomasville
  • Region 2: Dawn Odom – St. Vincent’s Academy
  • Region 3: Kevin Grooms – Northeast
  • Region 4: Marcus Jackson – T.W. Josey
  • Region 5: Shane Lassiter – Heard County
  • Region 6: Joshua Moore – B.E.S.T Academy
  • Region 7: Jeff Shiflett – Coosa
  • Region 8: Lee Shaw – Rabun County

Class 3A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Frankie Carroll – Worth County
  • Region 2: Brandon Jernigan – Pierce County
  • Region 3: Ashley Tremble-Hamer – Johnson-Savannah
  • Region 4: James Stanford – Pike County
  • Region 5: Jermaine Smith – Cedar Grove
  • Region 6: Meredith Barnhill – Adairsville
  • Region 7: Billy Wells – North Hall
  • Region 8: Doug Connelly – Morgan County

Class 4A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Al Pellegrino – Shaw
  • Region 2: Bryce Robinson – Upson-Lee
  • Region 3: Chequita Peaches Stephens – Academy of Richmond County
  • Region 4: Michelle Ahman – Luella
  • Region 4: James Roberts – Luella
  • Region 5: Richard Smith – Sandy Creek
  • Region 6: Eric Schexnaildre – Heritage
  • Region 7: Ricky Turner – Blessed Trinity
  • Region 8: Michael Keown – Stephens

Class 5A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Sam Holland – Thomas County
  • Region 2: Jeff Faith – South Effingham
  • Region 3: Mike Vena – Whitewater
  • Region 4: Ty Lewis – Eagles Landing
  • Region 5: Kathleen Richey-Walton – Southwest Dekalb
  • Region 6: John Fulkerson – Lithia Springs
  • Region 7: John Howard – Woodland
  • Region 8: Brad Bolemon – Loganville

Class 6A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Hank Wright – Lee County
  • Region 2: Matt Huntley – Effingham
  • Region 3: Kevin Kenny – Evans
  • Region 4: Angela Arnold – Forest Park
  • Region 5: Mekia Troy – Creekside
  • Region 6: Amie Howard – Allatoona
  • Region 7: Jeff Burch – Centennial
  • Region 8: Rob McFerrin – Winder-Barrow

Class 7A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Greg Tillery – Colquitt County
  • Region 2: Hap Hines – East Coweta
  • Region 3: Jimmy Dorsey – McEachern
  • Region 4: Jeff Adams – Cherokee
  • Region 5: Dan Kaplan – Forsyth Central
  • Region 6: Tessa Finke – Duluth
  • Region 7: Eddie Hood – Central Gwinnett
  • Region 8: Chad Suddeth – Rockdale County
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