When Mark Kimbro was the head baseball coach at Central Gwinnett, he would regularly check the team standings.
Now the athletic director at Brookwood, Kimbro doesn’t follow wins and losses as much as he used to when he was a coach. He now looks at the results of the Brookwood athletic program in the Directors’ Cup standings.
“It’s great and fun to watch where you are in the rankings,” Kimbro said.
It also makes it a little easier when you are at the top. The scores won’t be finalized until next month, but Brookwood has locked up the Class AAAAA Directors’ Cup with 1175.5 points. The Broncos beat out Walton (1,058.5) and Harrison (1,010.5). Mill Creek was the next-best program from Gwinnett with a fifth-place finish, while last year’s Directors’ Cup champion Collins Hill was sixth.
“It’s huge for the school. Brookwood has been in the running forever. We’ve been second or third every year for a while,” Kimbro said. “It’s hard to win the thing. There’s so many good teams. It’s a tribute to Gwinnett County because there’s some really good programs around here.”
The Directors’ Cup recognizes the programs that have excelled in the Georgia High School Association. Each school’s eight highest scoring sports for male and female count toward the standings.
It’s the sixth time in the 12-year existence of the Directors’ Cup that a Gwinnett County school has won the Class AAAAA title. It’s the second time Brookwood has won it, joining Collins Hill and Parkview as the other two-time winners.
“It’s a great tribute to our coaches and our kids,” Kimbro said. “It’s a good thing for our the school and community.”
Brookwood won state championships in boys cross country, football and boys tennis. The Broncos were runners-up in girls swimming and girls cross country.
“We’re fortunate we’ve been successful in a lot of sports and go deep in the playoffs,” Kimbro said. “This year everyone qualified and did well in the playoffs.”
Wesleyan claimed its fourth straight Directors’ Cup crown and third in a row in Class A. The Wolves scored 1,213.5 points to beat out Darlington (920) and Brookstone (760).
“We had a pretty good year and I’ve very proud of our teams that won state championships that haven’t won it before,” Wesleyan athletic director Marc Khedouri said.
Wesleyan won state in girls basketball like it routinely has done the last decade, but the Wolves also got first-time state titles from boys swimming and boys tennis. The boys cross country team also repeated as Class A state champs.
“It’s confirmation we are doing a lot of things correctly,” said Khedouri, who was also proud of the Wesleyan’s hospitality initiative towards opposing teams.
Greater Atlanta Christian placed second in Class AA with 1,053 points. Westminster won Class AA with 1,299.5 points, it’s 11th title all-time.