Josh Mathews
Josh Mathews
  • Title:
    Athletic Director/Assistant Principal
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    770-578-7900 x 075
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  • Hometown:
    Winder, GA
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  • Previous College:
    Shorter University


Josh Mathews enters his 11th year as an administrator at Pope High School and his 22nd year as an educator.  Josh’s key role as an assistant principal is serving as the Pope Athletics Director.  Other responsibilities that fall under Josh’s leadership are facilities, custodians, TKES, field trips, fundraisers, safety, security, booster clubs, and the school calendar.  As athletic director at Pope, Josh oversees twenty-four (24) varsity GHSA-sanctioned sports/activities.  During his time at Pope, the Greyhounds have won numerous state championships (baseball, wrestling, volleyball, girls swimming, girls & boys cross country, fastpitch softball), dozens of region titles, and have twice won the GADA Regions Bank Directors Cup Award for the top overall sports program in their classification.  In 2015, Josh assumed the role as the school’s SPLOST liaison and played a large advisory role during the construction of all the SPLOST IV projects, which included the construction of the new gym and theater.  Josh has served as the athletic director and an assistant principal since coming to Pope in the fall of 2012. 

Before moving into administration in 2012, Josh served in a teaching and coaching role for eleven years.  Beginning in the fall of 2001, Josh taught two years of middle school math and social studies at Elkins Point Middle School in Roswell, Georgia.  In year three, he moved to Centennial High School in Roswell to teach special education.  A new teaching opportunity at Lassiter High School presented Josh with a chance to move into the Cobb County School District in 2004, where he served in the special education department for over seven years.  After co-teaching American Government for several years, Josh assumed a role in the Social Studies department at Lassiter for one semester before coming to Pope later that year. 

Josh’s teaching and coaching career began after he graduated in the spring of 2001 from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.  Josh spent four years at Shorter studying Middle Grades Education, while playing on the varsity baseball team.  Josh received a BS Ed. from Shorter followed by a special education add-on certificate from Georgia State University in 2003.  With a desire to one day become a high school athletic director, Josh obtained a master’s degree in educational leadership from Jacksonville State University in December 2007. 

Following his playing career at Shorter, where he learned many athletic administration skills, Josh began his coaching career at Centennial High School where he assisted with the baseball program from 2001-2004.  IN the fall of 2004, Josh transferred to east Cobb where he served for eight years at Lassiter High School.  There Josh had the privilege to coach in one of the top national high school baseball programs under the leadership of Mickey McMurtry and Scott Kelly.  Josh also coached two years of football and four years of fastpitch softball while at Lassiter.  Highlights of his coaching career include coaching a future major league baseball player (Everett Teaford) at Centennial, winning the 2006 state baseball championship with Lassiter Baseball, and winning the 2007 fastpitch softball state championship with Lassiter Fastpitch as well as the many relationships he developed with former players and colleagues. 

Josh is also active in his role as an athletic administrator outside of Pope.  He is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA), as well as the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA).  In 2017, Josh completed the requirement sto obtain the Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) certifiecation through the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute followed by the Certified Masters Athletic Administration (CMAA) certification in 2019.  Josh also serves as an administrative liaison on the GADA Board of Trustees and is a chair of the GADA Conference Committee.  Since 2016, Josh has served as the Region Secretary.  He has twice been named GADA Region AD of the Year (2015, 2017) and was named the AD of the Year for Class 6A in 2017.  For the 2017-18 school year, Josh was presented the very esteemed Tim Crunk Athletic Director of the Year Award for the Cobb County School District.

Josh also serves as co-host of the Hangin with the AD Podcast that he started with co-host Don Baker in early 2020.  The objective of this podcast is to deliver professional development opportunities to those in the industry of athletic administration through interviews with a broad spectrum of leaders, who can relate to athletic administration.

Josh is married to the former April Rolan of Rome, Georgia.  They met as students at Shorter College and were married on June 29, 2002 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, where they are active members.  They have one son, John, who is 3 years old.  The Mathews family reside four miles from Pope in Marietta, Georgia.  Josh is proud to call Winder, Georgia his hometown.  He is a 1997 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School.  The Mathews family can often be seen attending a Pope athletic event, but in his free time Josh enjoys jogging, golf, the beach, and serving through Johnson Ferry church events.