CCSD Athletic News
Congratulations Steve Jones
2017 GADA Hall of Fame Inductee
Congratulations to our own Steve Jones who was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Director's Association Hall of Fame at the
2017 GADA Conference in Savannah on March 26, 2017. Steve started his career with CCSD in 1974 at Campbell High School as
a Social Studies teacher and Assistant Coach for Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He has also served as an
Assistant Football Coach at McEachern and Walton High Schools as well as Head Football Coach at Walton during his tenure.
His administrative career began in 2002 as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Walton High School.
Steve was named the Cobb County School District Director of Athletics in 2007.
2017 GADA Awards - CCSD Winners
Region Athletic Director's of the Year recognized at the 2017 GADA Conference were:
Region 2-AAAAAAA Chase Stroempl from Wheeler High School
Region 3-AAAAAAA Don Baker from Kennesaw Mountain High School
Region 6-AAAAAA Matt Moody from Harrison High School
Region 7-AAAAAA Josh Mathews from Pope High School
Josh Mathews from Pope High School was also recognized as AAAAAA Classification Athletic Director of the Year!
Pictured above (L to R): Matt Moody (Harrison High School), Josh Mathews (Pope High School), Pam Orvino (CCSD
Athletics Secretary), Sherri Thoroughman (Hillgrove High School), Steve Jones (CCSD Director of Athletics), Don Baker
(Kennesaw Mountain High School), Donnie Griggers (CCSD Director of Athletics), and Jared Noblet (North Cobb High School)
Positive Athlete Program
Cobb County is participating in the Positive Athlete Program which recognizes athletes for being a positive influence. Please take a moment to visit their website and nominate a positive athlete you know! There is a link at the bottom of the page for nominations.
What Is Positive Athlete Georgia?
Positive Athlete Georgia is a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to Georgia professional and collegiate sports teams to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition and to learn how to give back to their community. Current and former professional athletes are members of this organization, and high school athletes will be invited to join based on being nominated by a coach, school administrator, parent or fan for the annual Georgia Positive High School Athlete Awards.
Other Important Links
"NCAA Clearinghouse Online Information about initial-eligibility at NCAA Division I and II member colleges and universities..."
"The GHSA is a voluntary organization composed of 385 public and private high schools. It strives to promote good sportsmanship and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. It endeavors to maintain high
standards so that each pupil competing in each school is on the same basis. In the field of athletics its interest is the safety of the participants; it is on this principle that its athletic rules are based."
"The mission of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is to serve its members and its related professional groups by providing leadership and national coordination for the
administration of interscholastic activities which will enhance the educational experiences of high school students and reduce risks of their participation."
GHSA Forms can be found at: www.dcats.com
Retiree LIFETIME Athletic Pass
Cobb County Schools would like to offer retirees of the Cobb County School District the opportunity to receive a LIFETIME Athletic Pass as a thank you for your many dedicated years to the students of Cobb County.
This Athletic Pass will admit you to any high school athletic event sponsored by a Cobb County school and held within the county; however, it will not be honored at region and state playoffs as they do not honor individual county passes.
To receive a Retiree LIFETIME Athletic Pass, please call Pamela Orvino at 678-331-1071 or email her at Pamela.Orvino@cobbk12.org with your request and your address. These passes will be mailed, upon request, at the beginning of the next school year.