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.