Jefferson City Schools finished first in the 2019-2020 GADA’s Battle for the Director’s Cup standings; an annual award typically given by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association to recognize athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have shown the most success in high school athletics – until this year.
Rather than reward athletic programs currently leading the standings, the GADA Board of Directors unanimously voted not to name a winner for the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GADA President, Jasper Jewell, said in an email exchange.
“This situation trumps winning of any sorts in terms of the scoreboard or points system. The only winning that should be focused on right now is overcoming the fact that that we cannot gather and invest in our student-athletes,” Jewell said.
Typically, the GADA Director’s Cup uses a point system to rank athletic departments based on postseason performances. The highest scoring sports for both male and female teams are counted, and an award is given to the top male program, female program, and overall program for each classification.
Jefferson City Schools secured the No.1 spot for male, female and overall athletics for the 2019-2020 school year prior to school closings — a disappointing reality for Bill Navas, Jefferson’s Director of Athletics, who said the 2020 senior class is one of the best he has seen in his 10 years at JHS.
“I am very proud of our individual students, our athletic teams and our coaches. Having a 112-point lead into spring sports, I'm certain we would have been in the hunt. This has been an amazing group of kids,” Navas said.
Jefferson has the largest point lead of all GHSA classifications in the final Director’s Cup Standings.
The highest scoring sports for JHS boys were basketball, wrestling, cross country, football and swimming – giving the boys an overall score of 339.
The highest scoring sports for JHS girls were cheerleading, cross country, swimming, softball and volleyball. The girls finished with an overall score of 438.