Michael Carson is the architect and builder of Georgia Prep Sports Academy football as the program's first head coach. The Buford native and former head coach at Avondale and Martin Luther King Jr., High Schools will be the first head coach for the new prep school, which will begin play in the fall of 2013.

Carson spent more than three months developing, directing and promoting the football program in preparation for Georgia Prep Sports Academy’s inaugural season. When his Lions take the field for the first time in the fall of 2013, the city of Atlanta and the football world will take notice. Carson has called his current post at Georgia Prep Sports Academy the highlight of his career.

Carson brings to Georgia Prep Sports Academy his 17 years of experience as a coach, the last 4 as the Head Coach, which saw his teams compiled a record of 27-19, in the fall of 2009 Carson lead Avondale to their first winning season in 20 years, also their first playoff appearance in 23 years. Over the past two years at MLK, Carson had a combined record of 20-5, with two 2-AAAAA Region Championships, 2 Region Coach of the Year awards 2010-2011 and DCCA Coach of the Year award 2011. In 2011, he was recognized by the Atlanta Falcons with the 5A Coach of the Year Award, which honors someone "whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of high school football."

In addition to being selected Coach of the Year, Carson has placed numerous of student-athletes on college rosters throughout the United States over the last two years 42 of Carson players have signed athletic scholarships. Air Force-1, SEC- UGA 1, Kentucky 1, ACC- NC State, 2 VT- 1, Big Ten- TCU-1 Delaware-1 Delaware St. 1, MTSU-1, ASU-1, GSU-1,SWAC GSU-2 SIAC, Fort Valley-1 Miles College-1,CIAA JCSU-1, USA-Memphis-1 to name a few.

Through every stop, Carson has carried an indelible reputation for integrity and class, and he has been guided by the ideal that the education and well-being of the student-athlete is paramount.

Carson was inducted into the Buford Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Carson attended Buford High School in Buford Georgia before going on to Alabama State University, where he earned his B.S. degree in Education in 1984.

He is married to the former Alicia King of Miami, a graduate of North Georgia College who earned her master's degree from Georgia State. Michael and Alicia have three children.

THE Michael Carson FILE
Full Name: Michael O’hara Carson
Date of Birth: Oct.9,1960 (Son of Bertha Mae Young & Wiley Carson Jr.)
Hometown: Buford, Ga.
Wife: Married to Alicia Y. Carson
Children: Alexis, Alan, Joseph
Education: Alabama State University 1984 (B.S. Education); Capella University 2010 (MA K-12 Studies) Buford (Ga.) High School

Martin Luther King Jr., H.S., 2010-2012
Coach: Head Football, and Head Boys Track
Courses: Physical Education, and Weight Training
Responsibilities: Develop and teach lesson plans for Physical Education and Weight Training.
Avondale H.S., 2008-2010,
Coach: Head Football Coach, Head Wrestling, Head Boys Track
Courses: Physical Education, and Weight Training
Responsibilities: Develop and teach lesson plans for Physical Education and Weight Training. Provide teacher evaluations, and coach various athletic sports teams.
Martin Luther King Jr. High School, 2005-2008
Coach: Assistant Head Coach, Football-Offensive Coordinator
Courses: Health and Physical Education Responsibilities: Taught health and physical education along with coaching the football and wrestling team.
Central High School, 2004-2005
Coach: Assistant Head Coach, Football-Special Teams-Offensive Running Backs
Courses: Health and Physical Education
Woodland Middle School 1992-2000
Coach: Assistant Head Coach, Football, Head Baseball Coach- Westlake High School
Kentucky State University, NCAA, Division II 1990-1991
Assistant Coach: Baseball, Assistant Head Football Coach
Responsibilities: Coordinated baseball practice, schedule and coaching outfield players. Coordinated football offensive team game plan, coached running backs, football team travel and functioned as recruitment coordinator.

2011 Offensive Coordinator, East Team, Offense-Defense All American Game, Dallas, Texas
2011 Atlanta Falcons Class 5A High School Coach of the Year
2011 DCSS- Coach of the Year
2011 DCSS – Team of the Year MLK-Football
2011 High 5 Sports Team of the Week
2011 2-AAAAA Region Champions-Football, Also Coach of the Year
2010 2-AAAAA Region Champions-Football, Also Coach of the Year
2010 All Metro- Dekalb Coach of the Year
2010 Inducted into the Buford Football, Hall of Fame
2009 Head Coach-West Squad Dekalb County All-Star Football Game
2009 Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Week
2009 Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Week
2009 11 Alive Team of the Week
2008-2009 USA Football Equipment Grant Recipient
1981-1984 Football Lettermen, Alabama State University
1981 Baseball Lettermen, Alabama State University
1978 State of Georgia Class “A” Back of the Year
1978 Adidas All American Honorable Mention
1978 Georgia All State First Team Selection Football
1977 Georgia All State First Team Selection Baseball

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