St. John Paul II Catholic High School (SJPIICHS), one of the top high schools in North Florida and the only Catholic high school between Jacksonville and Pensacola, is proud to announce that Patricia Young will take over as Athletic Director and Director for Student Activities, replacing Titus Nixon who is pursuing other opportunities. Coach Nixon will continue working at SJPIICHS on a part-time basis including as head coach of the men’s basketball team.

“St. John Paul II Catholic High School is excited to announce the hiring of Patricia Young as the new Athletic Director and Director for Student Activities ,” said Principal Greg Monroe. “Ms.Young, an alumnus of the class of 2009, has been teaching and coaching at SJPIICHS for the last five years. She will continue in her role as the head coach for volleyball, along with overseeing the clubs and student activities at SJPIICHS.

“We are very proud and thankful of all the work that Coach Nixon has done during his time here and we are excited that Coach Young will continue to carry on this legacy of athletic excellence,” Monroe continued. “With her hard work and enthusiasm, she embodies what it means to be a JPII Panther and we know she will build on the successes that Coach Nixon and previous athletic directors have achieved. We’re looking forward to working with Coach Young to help our student athletes and programs reach new heights.”

“I would like to thank Coach Nixon for all the hard work he has put in during the last two years to advance our athletic program and for all of the support that he has given me,” said Young. “I would also like to thank Mr. Monroe and Father Roy Marien for giving me this opportunity.”

Young is a product of Tallahassee’s Catholic schools, attending Trinity Catholic from kindergarten through eighth grade and SJPIICHS for high school. Young graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and she is currently in graduate school at Florida State University where she is expected to graduate with a MA in Educational Leadership next year. During her time as a teacher at SJPIICHS, Young taught algebra, served as Student Activities Director and as moderator for the student government and the senior class and advised Mu Alpha Theta and the Model UN club. Young launched the House program at SJPIICHS which has increased school spirit.

“Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to witness the incredible accomplishments of our students in the various clubs that we offer at SJPIICHS and I will continue to offer my support to the students, teachers and parents who make these activities possible!” Young said.

As she prepares for her new position, Young says she is looking forward to continuing to work with students and advancing their education.

“Although I will no longer be teaching math, I am fully committed to strengthening the academic support that our athletes receive to ensure that they excel in the classroom,” she said. “I am also looking forward to working with our athletes when it comes to exploring college opportunities.

“We have so many talented athletes at SJPIICHS and I am excited to see the accomplishments that the next year will bring,” Young added. “We have a wonderful coaching staff and I am looking forward to helping them continue to build and maintain successful programs.”

Young will start her new responsibilities in July.