Cradle of head coaches: St. Pius class of ‘80 has three in football semifinals

Just call St. Pius X the cradle for high school football coaches in Georgia. Three head coaches in this week’s semifinals are members of the St. Pius class of 1980.

They are Keith Maloof at Norcross, Paul Standard at St. Pius and Ed Dudley at Ware County. Their head coach was Keith’s father, the late George Maloof.

‘’We all played together, grew up together, and we’re still friends,’’ Keith Maloof said. “Dad would be very proud if still alive, and I know he’s still watching over all of us now. ‘’

For their senior seasons, Keith was a linebacker and tight end. Dudley was a linebacker and center.  Standard was a guard and defensive end.

Their teams weren’t the greatest, but Maloof said the players bonded as sophomores after suffering a losing season – George Maloof’s first as a coach. Two years later, they went out with a winning season and a playoff berth.

“Being able to come together and bring glory back to our school was very prideful to us all,’’ Maloof said.

Each of the three has given credit to Keith’s father for setting them on a coaching path. Keith’s older brother, Kevin, also was a long-time head coach before retiring from Dacula after the 2010 season.

“For me no question,’’ Standard said. “Due to Geogre B. Maloof, I chose the profession that I have loved for the past 28 years.’’

Keith Maloof’s Norcross team will play at home against Colquitt County in the Class AAAAAA. Dudley’s Ware team plays at home against Northside of Warner Robins in AAAAA. Standard and St. Pius are at home against North Hall in AAA.

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What In The World

December 5th, 2012
3:55 pm

Speaking of St. Pius, rumors are flying that Nick Glass has left the school — 3 days before the semifinal game. What is going on?

Seen a Few

December 5th, 2012
5:42 pm

Congratulations to all of you men. That is a fantastic achievement and if all of you are like Coach Standard you are a fine leader of young men on and off the field. Thank you for what you do for these young people.

real state

December 5th, 2012
5:43 pm

I know all three of them. They are great leaders, mentors and coaches. We need more guy’s like this to be teaching, training and grooming our kids into young adults. My hat is off especially to George B., for all the sacrifices that he made all those years while at St. Pius. He put the school community in front of his own family all the time. RIP GBM!

One Fish, Two Fish

December 5th, 2012
6:01 pm

@What In The World — Glass has withdrawn from SPX, and will not suit up on Friday.

ST PIUS fan

December 5th, 2012
6:54 pm

Glass is gone from the school and the team… WOW what a shock??????

Big Fan

December 5th, 2012
7:23 pm

What a legacy that this coach and school has given us all in the community. Congrats to you all and thanks for your leadership.

ILOVESPX

December 5th, 2012
7:50 pm

Congrats to you all!

SPXGUY

December 5th, 2012
9:12 pm

Glass is gone, and will be missed greatly. He is a great friend and just made mistakes. We will be fine, however, because I know this team is the best TEAM during Coach Standard’s tenior. No one has egos to big, and everyone is focused on one common goal, even with the loss of a brother.

Gwinnett Fan

December 6th, 2012
1:06 am

Keith Maloof at Norcross, Paul Standard at St. Pius and Ed Dudley at Ware County.

They are all outstanding coaches but more importantly they are good roll models and leaders of young men. We need more like them in high school football.

Good luck to all three teams this weekend.

I am not Lion

December 6th, 2012
2:38 am

Kinda of confusing the way this is written Coach George Maloof went from 1958 untill 1977 where he had his first losing season. Now in the 80’s he had a few winning years maybe I am just not getting it.
Paul Standard 107-36 748%, Ed Dudley 171-72 704%, and Kieth Maloof 128-59 684%. Records and winning percentages. Kevin Maloof (now retired ) 175-105-1 625%
Very fine men and coaches !

footballer

December 6th, 2012
9:46 am

Thats what its all about…way to go guys!!!

Observer

December 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

Glass did not act like that idiot who ultimately transferred to Tucker (he was a linebacker that Spurrier pulled his scholly from). He was nothing but trash and showed as such in game against Marist.

FoghornLeghorn

December 6th, 2012
4:32 pm

Unless you bring home the title, the best class under the Standard era was the 07 class who played in the 2nd highest classification (not the 4th highest) and went down to Thomas County Central and came back from being 21 points down to earn their spot in the semifinals.

GT1985

December 6th, 2012
7:22 pm

Coach Maloof (George B.) was a great man and inspired many. (including me) The success of three coaches is one his many lasting legacies. Good luck to all three this week!

George B

December 6th, 2012
9:52 pm

Who is Nick Glass

JD

December 6th, 2012
9:57 pm

Jonathan Davis says hi to all my St Pius, Tucker, and Reidsville friends

Dekalb Fanatic

December 7th, 2012
8:36 am

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Dekalb Fanatic

December 7th, 2012
8:39 am

@George B- Nick Glass former DB for St. Pius Class of 2014 (junior #24) Committed to UGA already. Wonder where he will end up. From what I hear he is a heck of an athlete. Pius fans, next man up for sure but dont act like his loss doesnt hurt the team especially this week. Yall got a good program, but Im sure you dont have athletes on deck like that to replace his presence without loosing a step.

RivalsBlogStars

December 11th, 2012
11:20 pm

Hey,Look I am a guy from the Dekalb area and St.Pius has a very good program….But look there is a kid out there at druid hills who is highly underated! This kid named Desi bigby is a Monster!!! Here go his film http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2337255/ ! Check it out