St. Pius also became competitive again against arch-rival Marist in the game called the Fish Bowl between DeKalb County Catholic schools. St. Pius in 2003 beat Marist for the first time since 1981 and won five of the last 10 games in the series.
Standard’s record at St. Pius was 174-72. That’s 16 more wins than his own high school coach, the legendary St. Pius coach George Maloof, under whom Standard played in the late 1970s.
’'I am in this profession because of George B. Maloof,’' Standard said. “When I broke into coaching one of my goals was to one day come back as the head coach at St. Pius X. Steve Spellman, our principal, took a chance on an inexperienced assistant coach and hired me. Honestly I don’t think no one else wanted the job. For the past 20 years, St. Pius X has been mine and my family’s home, and it has been a dream come true to be able to come back to my alma mater and work with our students and faculty.’'