St. Mary’s Catholic School announces the newest member of the SMS family: Coach Aaron York, who was hired as the new athletic director and head football coach. He will also serve as dean of students and facility coordinator.
Coach Aaron York graduated from Mosley High School in Panama City, Fla. where he played fullback on the football team. While continuing his educational and athletic career at Louisiana College he played tight end and offensive line for the Wildcats. Coach York holds two Master’s Degrees; the first from Northwestern State University in health and human performance, and the second from the University of West Florida in educational leadership.
Coach York’s has seven years of administrative experience as dean of students. He’s coached 13 years at the high school level serving as head coach and defensive coordinator. He’s coached several teams that have reached the state playoffs multiple years and the quarterfinals twice. He has also assisted with baseball and cross country sports. Coach York has had nine players play football at the collegiate level.
Aaron’s wife, Chrissie, is a first grade teacher. They have twin boys, Fisher and Jackson, who are eight years old and a daughter, Finley, who is three years old. The children will be attending St. Mary’s in the fall.
Coach York’s coaching philosophy is “Win Forever.” He has a strong belief that winning in the classroom, winning at home, and winning off the field will carry over to the “winning on the field” attitude. His goal is to inspire students to believe that through faith in God, discipline, effort, and mental toughness an ordinary person can do extraordinary things.
Coach York’s first day is May 7. He will be introduced to the staff and students at morning prayer at 7:45 am. He will be introduced to the student athlete families at the Sports Banquet Monday, May 7 at 6 pm in the school gymnasium. His family will be formally presented to the community at a Crawfish Boil May 25. More information on the Crawfish Boil and purchasing tickets will be available at a later date.