Unrecognized Guid format. Gary Long, CMAA - President (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
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
Gary received his CAA in 1999 and went on to earn his CMAA in 2006.
Unrecognized Guid format. Mike Singletary - 1st Vice President (Thomas Co. 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
Unrecognized Guid format. Tommy Marshall - 2nd Vice President (Marist School)
Ruth Donohoo - 3rd Vice President (Holy Innocents)
Unrecognized Guid format. Mike Carswell, CAA - Past President (Calvary Day School)
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
Unrecognized Guid format. Bob Stinchcomb, CMAA - Past President (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
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
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Jeff Beggs, CMAA - Past President (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
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
Carter Wilson, CAA - Past President (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
Tim Vick, CMAA - Past President - Directors Cup (Greater Atlanta Christian)
Tim Vick graduated from Georgia Christian School near Valdosta, Georgia, in 1971. He attended Harding University on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1975. He married Kim Kellar of Searcy, Arkansas in 1975 and immediately began working at Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Tim received his BA degree in Physical Education at Harding University, his M.ED at Georgia State University, his Ed. S. at The University of Alabama, and is currently pursuing his Ed. D. at The University of Alabama. He has been teaching 9th grade Bible classes at GAC for longer than he can remember and loved it! In the Fall of 2009 he began teaching the class entitled "Becoming Men of God" for junior and senior high boys.
Tim has coached cross-country, track, tennis, and golf but spent the majority of his time as a basketball coach 20 years as head coach and 7 years as an assistant) and athletic director (26 years). He has been named the State Athletic Director of the Year on two occasions 2005-06 and 2007-08). In 2008-09 he served as the President of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.
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. Currently she is honored to serve as the Executive Director.
Unrecognized Guid format. Joe Sanfilippo - (Co-Executive Director)
Sanfilippo, CMAA, has made an impact in many organizations during his
successful career in education. Sanfilippo spent the majority of his
career at Jenkins High School as a coach for baseball, soccer,
basketball, cross country, football, golf, and softball. He became the
school’s athletic director in 1984 and remained there until 2006.
Currently, he is assisting the administration at White County High
During his 18 years as girl’s softball coach Sanfilippo enjoyed
tremendous success. He was named Georgia Guardian and Hollis Stacy
Softball Coach of the Year in 1997 and Georgia Guardian Softball Coach
of the Year in 1999.
Sanfilippo served as Region vice president form 2004 to 2006 and has
hosted Region tournaments for basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball
multiple times. Sanfilippo also holds the position of committee
chairperson on the White County High School Athletic Hall of Fame
committee and developed a brochure for parents, athletes and coaches
that is currently being used by the Savannah Chatham County School
Sanfilippo has served on the Georgia Athletic Directors Association
(GADA) Board of Directors for 10 years and has been a member of the
organization for 20 years. He was vice president of the organization in
2006 and president in 2007. Currently, he is serving as the GADA
membership chairperson, conference golf chairperson, and NIAAA liaison.
In addition, Sanfilippo is a member of the GADA’s Retired Athletic
Directors Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.
Sanfilippo is a 17-year member of the NIAAA, has participated in 16
National Athletic Directors Conferences. The NIAAA Leadership Training
Institute (LTI) instructor for the GADA, Sanfilippo was an LTI
facilitator during the 2009 National Athletic Directors Conference in
Sanfilippo served on the NIAAA Credentials Committee for 2000 to 2005
and from 2008 to present. He was Georgia’s NIAAA delegate for the
conference from 2007 to 2009. Sanfilippo earned his CAA certification
in 1994 and his CMAA in 2004.
Sanfilippo earned his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern (Kansas) College and his master’s from Florida State University.
At-Large Board of Directors
Johnny Seabrooks - Past President (GACA Representative)(Doughtery Co. Schools)
Coach Johnny Seabrooks graduated from Howard Academy in Monticello, Florida in 1969. He attended Albany State College from 1969 – 1973 where he played linebacker under Coach Hampton Smith. He was also on the track team for Albany State where he participated in the triple jump and long jump. He received his B.S. in Health and Physical Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1973. Coach Seabrooks received is M.ED in Education Administration and Supervision from Albany State University in 1999.
Coach Seabrooks began his teaching/coaching career at Brooks County in Quitman, Ga. During his tenure at Brooks County High School, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Brooks County Trojans. In 1971, Coach Seabrooks accepted the position of Head Boys Track Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Monroe High Tornadoes in Albany GA. In 1993, he became the Head Boys track coach, Girls Cross Country Coach and Assistant football coach for the Dougherty High Trojans. He also served as Athletic Director for the Trojans.
Throughout his career as a coach and teacher, Coach Seabrooks has received numerous awards. He was named the Region Athletic Director of the Year, Georgia Class AAA Athletic Director of the Year and Georgia Athletic Director Award of Merit. He has served on the NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee, Past State Director for the National Federation Coaches Association, State Representative for the National Association Sports Public Address Announcer and served as Moderator and Delegate at the Athletic Directors National Conference. Coach Seabrooks is a Past President for the Georgia Athletic Directors Association, and Tournament Director for the GHSA South Sectionals Basketball Tournament. He is the Meet Director for the GHSA Girls State Track and Field Championships, GHSA Track and Field Rules Interpreter and Head Clinician, Past Chairman for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, and Track and Field Hall of Fame Committee. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Albany Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia State Games Commission and is the President of Region 1-AAA.
Coach Seabrooks became the Director of Athletics for the Dougherty County School System in 2001 and remains in that position today.
John Osborne - Principal's Rep (White Co.)
Mr. Osborne is in his 26th year as an educator. He began his career
as a teacher of moderately and severely intellectually disabled students
where he earned the honor as Cedar Shoals High School and Clarke County
Teacher of the Year. He went on to be a finalist for State Teacher of
the Year and was inducted into the Clarke County School District,
Foundation for Excellence Hall of Fame.
Mr. Osborne has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal,
principal and assistant superintendent during his tenure in education.
He is in his second year as principal of White County High School. He
will be overseeing the Ninth Grade Academy in addition to WCHS beginning
Mr. Osborne holds a Bachelors Degree in Special Education, a Masters
Degree in Educational Leadership and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum
and Instruction. He is married to Robin Leard Osborne, a teacher of 28
years. They have three children. Their oldest daughter Allie is a
graduate of The Medical College of Georgia and is a practicing
registered nurse in Pediatrics at Athens regional Medical Center. Their
middle son Jake will graduate from West Point in May of 2012 and will
become an officer in the 82nd Airborne (Ranger). Bailey is their
youngest child and she is a freshman, active in competition cheerleading
Peggy Johnson (Ret)- Strategic Planning Chair (Savannah-Chatham)
After a highly successful career as a teacher, department chairperson, school athletic director, Peggy Johnson, CAA, devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy into the success of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
Until her retirement in 2012, Johnson served as a coach in softball, volleyball, swimming, tennis and track. Her ability to tackle tough issues was clear as she moved up the ranks from school athletic director to system-wide athletic director where she was responsible for the oversight of the athletic programs for more than 35,000 students.
During her tenure as the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Johnson approved the moving of the North-South All Star basketball games to Savannah in 2008 and the implementation of a comprehensive safety plan for the Savannah schools as Tropical Storm Hanna was bearing down on the Georgia Coast in 2008.
Since 2004, Peggy Johnson has been a highly involved member of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association. She served as the president of the GADA in 2006, as a Georgia delegate to the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association since 2009 and headed a committee that developed the current GADA Strategic Plan in 2012.
Because of her outstanding works, Johnson has been named Who’s Who among Educators, received the Horace Mann Educator Scholarship, the “Top Ten Working Women of the Year” Award, the GADA “Athletic Director of the Year”, the National Federation of State High School “Citation Award”, the NIAAA “Award of Merit”, and the Safe Routes Pace Setter Award.
J. Robert "Bob" Ward, CMAA (Westminster Schools) (Retired)
J. Robert Ward graduated from the University of Georgia in 1956, receiving his Georgia Recreation Certification. he went on to receive his Bachelor of Divinity from Southern Seminary in 1958. Continuing his education at Georgia State University by receiving his B.S. in Urban Life in 1972 and his Masters in Education in 1976.
Mr. Ward was Associate Minister at Capitol View Baptist Church and Second Ponce de Leon Baptist. He later served as 7th grade football coach, Junior high school Chaplain. From 1972-1979 he served as JV Boys Basketball Coach and Varsity basketball Assistant Coach, taking over Boys Varsity basketball coach from 1979-1982. In 1982 he was the Director of Athletics for Westminster until he retired in 2003.
During his tenure at Westminster the program he helped build flourished. Westminster grew to 37 Girls programs, 36 Boys programs with 82 coaches. Those programs produced 139 Region/Area Championships and 73 State Championships. He developed the school's first Athletic Handbook, Coaches Handbook, added a full-time Athletic Trainer, strength and condition coach, and two certified graduate assistants. He established the Athletic Training program and Student Trainer program.
Mr. Ward also served as adviser and consultant from 1990-2000 during the completion of the renovation and addition to the multi-million dollar Turner Gym complex (5 basketball courts, indoor swimming pool, 7,000 square foot Wellness Center, 3 mat wrestling room, 4 squash courts, training room, indoor track, classrooms, locker rooms and coaching offices).
Bob is a past president of Region 5-AAA, member of the NIAAA since 1984, a charter member of the GADA, GADA awards chairman 1989-1999, current GADA rep for retired AD's, GADA Executive Committee member since 1987, GACA member since 1972 and Coaches Hall of Fame Committee member since 2001. He has also served as Atlanta Touchdown Club Secretary and Treasurer.
He has published articles in Church Recreation Magazine, The Georgia Recreator, Recreation and Leisure in Georgia, Athletes for a Better World, Teen Athlete where he serves on the editorial board.
Bob has received numerous honors and awards during his career including but not limited to Georgia's first CAA in 1988, 1991 5-AAA AD of the year, 1995 NIAAA State Award for Merit, 1997 5-AA AD of the year, 1998, 2000 NCSSAD Georgia AD of the year, 1998 Westminster Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, and more...
Phil Murphy - Superintendent's Representative(Bacon Co.)
Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Phil graduated
from NorthDorchesterHigh School and earned his Bachelor of
Science in Biology from nearby SalisburyUniversity.After graduation he taught science at ColonelRichardsonHigh School
for five years.Following his tenure at
Colonel Richardson, Murphy worked for five years with NASA’s Aerospace
Education Services Project.His first
three years with NASA were at the KennedySpaceCenter
as an Aerospace Education Specialist.He
was an Assistant Project Director of the program during his last two years at
NASA, Murphy met and married Sharris Murphy a teacher at BaconCountyPrimary School.Wanting to live and raise his family in South Georgia, Murphy left NASA to work with the
Okefenokee Regional Educational Services Agency as a Teacher Assessment
Specialist for six years. In 1990 he became principal at BaconCountyHigh School.In July 1998 Murphy was offered the principal-ship at ApplingCountyHigh
principal at ApplingCountyHigh
School from 1998 to 2008.Among his many accomplishments are: U.S. News
and World Report Bonze Award for Best High Schools in America, AYP
School of Distinction, Baxley/Appling County Chamber of Commerce Boss of the
Year, State School Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Committee, and member of
the Georgia Accrediting Commission Board of Directors.
is currently superintendent of Bacon County Schools in Alma
Mike Phillips, CMAA, CAA (Gwinnett County Schools)
Mike graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1979 with a Bachelor of science degree in education. He later earned his Masters degree in Education from the University of Georgia in 1985. Mike has been in teaching and administration for over 30 years and currently holds the position of Adapted Sports Coordinator for the Gwinnett County school system.
Among Mike’s many professional accomplishments, he received the Georgia Athletic Directors Association 2007 Athletic Director of the year for region 8, class 5A. He received his CAA in 1999 and in 2005 earned his CMAA. He has also served on the Gwinnett County Technology Advisory Committee, and the Mid-South Research Consortium.
Ed Pilcher (Berrien HS)
Mike Gumbinger - Middle School Rep (Dutchtown Middle School) Athletic Director at Dutchtown Middle School Hampton, GA. Mike is also the
PE/Health teacher. Mike graduated from Florida Bible College with a BA degree and earned his Masters degree from Concordia University (2009) in Athletic Administration and Coaching.
Gumbinger has been teaching for 28 years and has served as an Athletic Director for 26 years. Mike taught at Clayton Christian School (Morrow GA.) for 8 years. He opened Austin Road Middle School (Ellenwood, GA.) and held the AD position there for 11 years.
Currently Mike is the AD at Dutchtown Middle School. A position he has held for the past 8 years.
His coaching duties include:
Currently coaching girls volleyball and softball
High school- basketball, golf, volleyball, soccer, softball
Middle school- basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and football
Mr. Gumbinger is a member of NIAAA, GADA and an FCA director for 11 years.
Brian DeBerry, - At-Large (Central Gwinnett HS) Brian received his Bachelors Degree in Health and PE from Berry College in 1999. He has since added his Masters and Specialists Degree in Administration. Brian coached Basketball and Softball at Sprayberry HS, Clarke Central HS, and Union Grove HS. In 2006 Brian became the Athletic Director at Union Grove HS and in 2009 moved to Central Gwinnett HS as the Athletic Director where he currently still holds this position. Brian was named the region AD of the year in 2008.
Chad Griffin, - At-Large (Cavalry Day) Chad Griffin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1998 with a BA in History and a minor in Criminal Justice, and then completed his Master’s in Education Leadership from Madison University in 2006. Chad had the privilege to play college soccer for then Head Coach Mike Schaeffer. Chad began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach for UNC Pembroke (1998-99), St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX (1999-2000) and then at Stetson University (2000-2002).
Coach Griffin has taught and coached at Calvary Day School in Savannah for 11 years. He currently serves as Athletic Director and Head Coach of both boys and girls varsity soccer programs. Chad was recognized by the GADA as Region 3-A AD of the year for 2012-13. Chad is married to Sherry Griffin and is blessed with two wonderful children Hayes and Addison Grace.
Nathan Turner - At-Large (North Forsyth) Coach Nathan Turner is a graduate of West Hall High School in Oakwood Ga. Nathan is a University of Georgia Alumni graduating in 1998 with a bachelors degree in Social Science Education. He has been coaching high school athletics for 16 years, he spent his first 2 years at Clarke Central High School in Athens and the past 14 seasons in Cumming in the heart of "Coal Mountain" coaching the North Forsyth Raiders.
Coach Turner has served as a teacher, football wrestling, and baseball assistant coach and head golf coach during his tenure at North Forsyth. Coach Turner currently serves as the Athletic Director over men's and women's athletics at North Forsyth, a position he has held for 4 years.
Before taking over as the full-time AD he served as the assistant AD for 5 years. Coach Turner has been a member of the GADA and NIAAA for 4 years. He has served as a GHSA Executive Committee Member for Region 6-AAAAA. He was Region 6-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012. Currently he is the Region President of Region 6-AAAAAA and a board member for the NFFTD North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club as well as serving as an at large representative of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.
Nathan is married to his wife Jennifer and has two awesome children Brayden and Emma Grace.
Tommy Amoroso, CMAA - At-Large (North Springs) Tommy Amoroso has been involved with interscholastic athletics for 19 years. He served 12 years as a PE/Health Teacher/Dean of Students at Sewanhaka High School in Long Island, New York. Prior to this, Tommy lettered as a 4 year high school football player and track runner. He then continued his 4 year playing career as a Division III college football player at Brooklyn College. He is currently on his 7th year as Athletic Director at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs. He has a BS in Physical Education from Brooklyn College, a MA in Health from Adelphi University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from The College of St. Rose. He received his CAA in 2011 and his CMAA from the NIAAA in 2012.
Tommy served as a coach for JV and Varsity football, Head Track and Field, Assistant Wrestling and Assistant Lacrosse for both boys and girls. Upon acquiring the AD job at North Springs, Tommy had the task of taking an athletic program that lacked vision and direction to a program that underwent 1.6 million dollars of athletic renovations and improved success of all programs over the past 7 years. He resides in Newnan, GA with his wife Tami.