Female Scholarship Finalists
  • Holland Moon – Forsyth Central
  • Kate Bonilla – Archer
  • Hope Mask – Ola
  • Davis McLanahan – Athens Academy
  • Payton O’Connor – Allatoona
  • Kelly Ann Sutterfield – Blessed Trinity
Female Scholarship Award Winner
  • Kelly Ann Sutterfield – Blessed Trinity
Male Scholarship Finalists
  • JT Hudson – Blessed Trinity
  • Christian Drummer – Archer
  • Patrick Astorga – Pope
  • Rueben Johnson – Hampton
  • Steven Holder – Athens Academy
  • Joshua C. Jackson – Tallulah Falls
Male Scholarship Award Winner
  • Patrick Astorga – Pope
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 2021 – 2022 GADA Athletic Director of the Year:

  • Jesse Crews – Charlton County
2022 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: Corrie Collier – Atlanta Public Schools
  • NIAAA Distinguished Service Award Nominee: Mike Phillips – Gwinnett County Schools
  • NFHS Citation Award Nominee: Don Corr – GHSA
  • Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award Nominee: Ricky Turner – Blessed Trinity
  • Dr. Bob Stinchcomb Athletic Leadership Award: Kevin May – Clayton County Schools
  • President Gavel / Plaque: Jasper Jewell
  • NIAAA Hall of Fame Nominee:
    • Carter Wilson
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:

  • GISA: Mike Gold – Dominion Christian School
  • Class A (Private): Richard Ricketts – Prince Avenue Christian
  • Class A (Public): Craig Hargrove – Social Circle
  • Class 2A: Brent Cooper – Dade County
  • Class 3A: David Wagner – West Hall
  • Class 4A: Sharon Richard – Arabia Mountain
  • Class 5A: Bryce Robinson – Harris County
  • Class 6A: Hark Wright – Lee County
  • Class 7A: Chris Hall – Discovery

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:

  • CMAA
    • Dr. Mekia Troy
    • Kechia Rowles
    • Don Baker
  • CAA
    • Katie Johnson
    • Jared Noblet
    • Kevin Grooms
Regional AD Winners

Class 1A – Private Region Winners

  • Region 1: Mark Farriba – Stratford Academy
  • Region 2: Danny Ryan – Whitefield Academy
  • Region 3: Julia Jones – Savannah Christian
  • Region 4: Jimmy Messer – Brookstone School
  • Region 5: Brad Dehem – Mount Vernon
  • Region 6: David Lowrey – Fellowship Christian
  • Region 7: Chad Jordan – Christian Heritage
  • Region 8: Richard Ricketts – Prince Avenue Christian

Class 1A Public Region Winners

  • Region 1: Kevin Gordon – Seminole County
  • Region 2: Scott Ray – Lanier County
  • Region 3: Terry Markovcic – Screven County
  • Region 4: Josh Owens – Wilcox County
  • Region 5: Derek Goodroe – Marion County
  • Region 6: Shane Arp – Armuchee
  • Region 7: Steven Simpson – Warren County
  • Region 8: Craig Hargrove – Social Circle

Class 2A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Chris Merritt – Thomasville
  • Region 2: Chip Flemin – East Laurens
  • Region 3: Von Lassiter – Bleckley County
  • Region 4: Myron Newton – Butler
  • Region 5: Lisa Warren – Haralson County
  • Region 6: Marcus Salter – Ronald E. McNair
  • Region 7: Brent Cooper – Dade County
  • Region 8: Mandy Hunter – Union County

Class 3A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Brandon Jernigan – Pierce County
  • Region 2: James Stanford – Pike County
  • Region 3: Khalilah Watson – Beach
  • Region 4: Doug Connelly – Morgan County
  • Region 5: Charlyce Henderson – Redan
  • Region 6: Meredith Barnhill – Adairsville
  • Region 7: David Wagner – West Hall
  • Region 8: Dr. Curt Miller – Oconee County

Class 4A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Octavia J. Jones, Sr. – Westover
  • Region 2: Mike Pauley – LaGrange
  • Region 3: Jack Holland – Benedictine Military School
  • Region 4: Dr. Art Billings – Perry
  • Region 5: Ashley Lott – Hampton
  • Region 6: Sharon Richard – Arabia Mountain
  • Region 7: Mark Lentych – Southeast Whitfield
  • Region 8: L’Dreco Thomas – Cedar Shoals

Class 5A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Denny Maddox – Warner Robbins
  • Region 2: Bryce Robinson – Harris County
  • Region 3: Dr. Mekia Troy – Creekside
  • Region 4: PGidget Gue – Ola
  • Region 5: Wendy Mapp – Martin Luther King
  • Region 6: Scott Long – New Manchester
  • Region 7: John Howard – Woodland (Cartersville)
  • Region 8: Taylor Brooks – Walnut Grove

Class 6A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Hank Wright – Lee County
  • Region 2: Steve Waters – Glynn County Schools
  • Region 3: Chad Suddeth – Rockdale County
  • Region 4: Carl Green – Westlake
  • Region 5: John Chandler – Alexander High School / Andy Dorsey – East Paulding High School
  • Region 6: Scott Kelly – Lassiter
  • Region 7: Jeff Burch – Centennial
  • Region 8: Robert Wilson – Shiloh

Class 7A Region Winners

  • Region 1: Chris Martin – Tift County
  • Region 2: Randy Robbins – Newnan
  • Region 3: Josh Hawk – Harrison
  • Region 4: Jason Dopson – Brookwood
  • Region 5: Jeremy Adams – Cherokee
  • Region 6: Drew Ferrer – Lambert
  • Region 7: Chris Hall – Discovery
  • Region 8: Dr. Stephen Hardegree – Mill Creek
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