2012: Michael Pickett '83
Michael L. Pickett, a 1983 graduate of St. Johns Country Day School, has been honored as the school’s 2012 Outstanding Alumnus.
Mike could easily have been recognized for his commitment to a single sport at the school, but his contributions to several sports as a student-athlete – soccer, basketball, and baseball – are what set him apart.
Mike as a member of the back-to-back state championship soccer teams in 1980 and 1981. As the team’s captain he was the Most Valuable Player of the 1982 team and named to the All-State soccer team that same year. In basketball he was the captain and Most Valuable Player in 1982, and made the All-City team in 1982 and 1983. Mike earned All-City baseball honors in both 1982 and 1983 and was the team’s captain in 1983. He was also awarded St. Johns’ top athletic award, the Captain Borries Cup, his senior year.
After graduating from St. Johns, he played soccer on scholarship at Northeast Louisiana University; then transferred to the University of South Carolina where he was an All-American honorable mention selection. After receiving his B.S. in education, he was drafted by the Cleveland Force of the MISL and later by the Jacksonville T-Men professional soccer club. This versatile athleticism earned him a place in the inaugural class of St. Johns’ Athletic Hall of Fame.
But it is for his incredible leadership of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team at St. Johns for which we honor Mike. In 14 years as Head Coach of the team, Mike has led the Spartans to four state championships (2005, 2007, 2009, and 2012). During his career at St. Johns, his teams have compiled an astounding overall record of 276-50-7. Mike’s teams have won 101 consecutive matches in district play, including nine consecutive District Championships, and eight trips to the State Final Four. In 2005 he was voted the State of Florida Private School Coach of the Year. Just this year, Mike was selected as the 2012 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers.
Mike and his wife Treasure live on Fleming Island. Their daughter Carson, a recent St. Johns graduate who was named the 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year for the State of Florida, plays soccer at Florida State University.