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Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Head Coach - Markus Hood

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The 2011-2012 school year will begin Markus Hood’s 12th season as varsity head basketball coach and fourth season as Allatoona’s first head coach.  After reaching the sweet sixteen last year in the school’s first state play-off run, Coach Hood is expecting more improvement this season.  Last year’s team lost in the Region Championship and finished with a final record of 18 and 11.  This year’s team has put a lot of hard work in the off-season on the court, in the weight room and conditioning.  After three years, the Buccaneers have laid a solid foundation years to come.  Coach Hood on next season’s outlook, “I am excited about these seniors because they are the first full freshmen class coming through. They have put in a lot of hard work in and out of season to get to this final year. I really believe that they will see their hard work pay off this year. These guys are really starting to care about each other and that is the crux of what championship teams are made of.”   Hood also commented “’Davy Jones Locker’ is becoming one of the toughest places to play high school basketball. We were 11 and 2 here at home last year and a big reason is due to the ‘Scallywags.’ Our students create such as great atmosphere and with the addition of our 9 x  6 high definition video board, it is an awesome place to play!” Coach Hood also wanted to thank our booster club and sponsors for their contributions in building a premier high basketball experience. 

In 2007-08, Hood led the Hiram Hornets to their first ever State Final Four appearance.  His team fiished the year with a 24 and 7 record along with a final state ranking of #4 in the coach’s poll.  This was a 20 win improvement over his first year at Hiram when his team went 4 and 22.  He spent 4 years as head of the Hiram High School Varsity Boys Basketball Program following a 4 year stint as the Head Varsity Girls Coach at East Paulding High School.  In his tenure at East Paulding Coach Hood took his team to 4, 20-plus winning seasons compiling an 88-30 record.  Rounding out his coaching resume, he spent a year as an Assistant Varsity Boys Coach with Dodge County High School and a year at McEachern High School wearing the same title.  In 2003 coach Hood was named Region 7-AAAA coach of the year by the Atlanta Tip-off Club and in 2004 GACA Region 7-AAAA coach of the year.  In 11 seasons as a head coach, Hood has compiled an overall record of 185 and 123, 6 state tournament appearances, 4 Region runners-up, 1 Region Championship, 3 Sweet-Sixteen appearances, and 1 Final Four. Markus Hood was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia.  A 1993 graduate of McEachern High School he was a 3 year lettermen in basketball and baseball.  Following graduation, he played basketball and baseball at Atlanta Christian College.  He is a 1999 graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education.  Coach Hood continued his education at the University of Alabama earning his M.A. in Health Science in 2005.  He finished his Ed.S. in Leadership from Cambridge College in 2007 and is currently working on his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.  Coach Hood currently resides in Dallas, Georgia with his wife of twelve years, Alyssa and their son, Daniel, who was born on July 9th, 2010. 

Go BUCS!

Varsity Girls Head Coach - Michael Taylor

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Coach Michael Taylor returns for his third year as Girls’ Varsity Head Coach.  He is excited about this season when he can continue to build on the success of last year.  This season should be exciting to watch and full of action. The road to one of the best programs in the state gets going now.Coach Taylor has 10 years coaching experience.  Prior to joining AHS, he spent 2 years as McEachern Boys' Varsity Assistant.  He spent the preceding 7 years as an assistant with the legendary Sheryl Fowler.  During this time, he was part of 5 consecutive region championships, 3 sweet sixteen appearances, and 1 trip to the final four.  He has served as a 9th grade and JV coach, compiling a record of 108-13, while winning 5 county championships and completing 2 undefeated seasons.Coach Taylor has been coaching high school sports for 14 years.  He has guided his athletic teams to 6 region championships, 2 state runner-up finishes, and state championships in track and field in 2007 and 2008.  He has won 11 “Coach of the Year” Awards and has also been named to ‘Who’s Who Among America’s Best Teachers.’ Michael Taylor has lived in Cobb County since he began school. He is a 1998 graduate of Osborne High School and attended the State University of West Georgia where he earned both his BS and Masters Degrees in Special Education. 

Coach Taylor and his wife of 13 years, April, reside in Acworth with their 2 daughters, 11 year old Parker and 8 year old Rylee Faith.

Jr. Varsity Boys Head Coach & Asst. Varsity Coach - Nicholas Estes

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Coach Nick Estes continues as Head Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach for the Buccaneers.  Coach Estes helped Hood and the Hiram Hornets to the state Final Four appearance and a 24 -7 record as Head Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach during the 2007-2008 season.  The Hornets finished the season ranked #4 in the state coaches’ poll. He began his career in 2003-2004 as the Assistant Varsity coach for the Lady Raiders of East Paulding.  The team won the region title and made a trip to the Sweet Sixteen finishing the season with a 25-5 record. The following year, Estes made the move with Hood to Hiram High School where he coached the Freshmen Boys Basketball Team.  He then coached the Junior Varsity and assisted with the Varsity.Coach Estes received his Bachelors’ Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Kennesaw State University and his Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Troy University

This past March, Coach Estes married Kimberly (Armbruster) Estes who is the athletic trainer and basketball cheer coach at Allatoona.

Boys Freshman & Asst. Varsity Coach - Jason Carmichael

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Coach Jason Carmichael begins his third year as the Buccaneer Freshmen Boys coach.  Coach Carmichael’s basketball history began in the basketball-rich state of Indiana. He was a three-year letter winner at powerhouse Muncie Central High School. From Muncie, Carmichael moved to Memphis, Tennessee to attend Christian Brothers University on a basketball scholarship. He still holds a number of school records including assists, steals, and free throw percentage. In his junior year, he led the nation in free throw shooting percentage. Coach Carmichael has a son, Wesley, who hopes to one day wear the red and black at AHS. Coach Carmichael currently teaches 2nd grade at Dowell Elementary.

Coach Carmichael is excited about the direction of Allatoona basketball and looks forward to being a part of the program for many years.

Varsity Boys Assistant Coach - Craig Gaskins

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Coach Craig Gaskins enters his 7th season as an Assistant Varsity Boys Coach and his third season for the Buccaneers.  He looks forward to helping to improve the overall fundamentals and skills of the boys basketball team as the program continues to progress. Coach Gaskins began his career in 2004-2005 as the Assistant Varsity coach for the Eagles of Mt. Paran Christian HS.  The following year, Gaskins made the move to join Coach Hood's staff at Hiram High School where he served as the Assistant Varsity Coach for the Hornets from 2005 to 2008.   Coach Gaskins helped Hood and the Hiram Hornets to a state Final Four appearance and a 24 -7 record during the 2007-2008 season.  The Hornets finished the season ranked #4 in the state coaches’ poll.  A graduate of Forsyth Central High School, Gaskins was a letterman in baseball, basketball, and cross country.  He walked on the North Georgia College basketball team for the 1990-1991 season.  Gaskins graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing with an emphasis on Sales and Sales Management from Georgia Southern University in 1995.  He currently teaches Special Ed at Allatoona HS while also serving as the construction teacher during the 09-10 school year. Coach Gaskins and his wife, Cara, have been married since 1997.  Craig and Cara reside in Kennesaw with their 3 boys Riley, Conner, and Owen. 

Varsity Boys Assistant Coach - David Goodridge

The 2010-11 basketball season will open with the addition of David Goodridge on the Allatoona Boys’ coaching staff. This will be Coach Goodridge’s 9th year as a coach at the high school level. Before coming to Allatoona, Goodridge held Assistant positions at Tri-Cites High School and Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. At SACA, he coached first round NBA picks Dwight Howard and Javaris Crittenton. He was a part of a staff that was ranked as high as 11th in the nation by USA Today; winning five region championships and two state titles. Coach Goodridge also held the Head Coaching responsibilities at World Changers Christian Academy and was Associate Head Coach at Therrell High School in 2006-2007. An Air Force veteran, David Goodridge returned to school to complete his bachelor’s degree in Communications. He graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2010.
Varsity Girls Assistant Coach - Mallory Poteet

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Coach Mallory Poteet returns for her fourth year as the Varsity Girls Assistant Coach, and is excited for the year ahead! As a 2006 graduate of neighboring Kennesaw Mountain High School, Coach Poteet was active in athletics and played on the Kennesaw Mountain Lady Mustangs basketball team. Coach Poteet graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2011 with a BS in early childhood education. Coach Poteet currently teaches 3rd grade at Big Shanty Elementary School. Coach Poteet is the referee for the 1st-3rd grade girls and 1st-2nd grade boys in the Allatoona Youth Basketball League. Coach Poteet recently became engaged to Jeremy Anderson who is a math teacher and football/track coach at Allatoona High School.

Mallory Poteet
Big Shanty Intermediate
3rd Grade, Special Education


Varsity Girls Assistant Coach - Clark Boler

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Coach Clark Boler begins his second season with the Lady Buccaneers’ Coaching staff. He brings a history rich with success, both as a player and coach.He was born in Coker, Alabama, where he was a stellar athlete at Tuscaloosa County High. He was named a High School All American, All County, All Region and All State in Football as well as basketball. He also played baseball four years. Coach Boler led them to the State Championship in basketball and was named MVP.After high school, he earned a full football scholarship to the University of Alabama. He played on two Sugar Bowl Teams, an Orange Bowl Team and was a member of Coach Bryant’s first National Championship Team at Alabama in 1961. Upon graduation, Boler was asked to stay on as the University of Alabama Graduate Assistant Coach for Football while working on his Masters.Boler taught 3 years as a Physical Education Teacher at Gadsden High School in Alabama.   He was the Head Baseball Coach, Defensive Coordinator for Football and Assistant Basketball Coach. Moving north to accept a college level coaching position at Bloomsburg State in PA, Boler was named Head Football Coach, Head Cross Country Coach, Head Baseball Coach and both Offensive/Defensive line and Defensive Coordinator for the Husky football team. Coach Boler led the Huskies for 14 years.Returning to his southern roots, Boler moved to Atlanta and taught at F.T. Wills High School for the next 7 years. He was the Assistant Football coach and the Boys' Basketball coach, taking his team to the state tournament twice, while winning in 1986.  Boler also taught at Smyrna and Osborne High Schools.  In his 15 year tenure at Osborne, he took the Girls' basketball team to state competition 4 times, guiding them to the Elite Eight and a Region 5AAAA championship.  He was named the Region 5AAAA Coach of the Year and was President of the Cobb County Tip-Off Club for 9 seasons.Most recently, Boler coached at Wheeler High School in Marietta before joining the Allatoona Basketball coaching staff.

He and his beautiful wife, Tran, have been blessed with 2 children, Rod Boler and Leslie Boler Jones and 7 grandchildren.

Co-Head JV Coach & Varsity Assistant - Kim Fortenberry

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Coach Fortenberry returns for her third year as the Girls’ Co-Head JV Coach. She is quick to offer positive reinforcement or words of encouragement yet holds each player accountable to bring their very best game, both on and off the court. Coach Fortenberry is a native of Cobb County, having graduated from North Cobb High School. While at North Cobb, she was a stand-out 3 sport athlete in softball, basketball and track. She garnered a softball scholarship to Georgia Southern where she earned her BS degree in Health and Physical Education.  Coach Fortenberry then returned to Cobb teaching at Pebblebrook High School for 16 years before moving to South Cobb High School for the next 8. She continued her education at West Georgia where she earned her Masters in 1989 and at the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her Specialist degree in 1997.

Kim Fortenberry has spent over 25 years coaching high school softball, basketball and track, making a positive impact on students’ lives. She enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing at her cabin. She currently teaches Health at Allatoona and co-sponsors Lucky Bucs, a club to help homeless pets.

Co-Head JV Coach & Varsity Assistant - Julie Speeney

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Julie Speeney returns for her second year as Co-Head Girls’ Coach, Junior Varsity and Varsity Assistant. Speeney worked as an assistant coach at South Cobb High School under head coach Cliff Collins. She helped lead the South Cobb squad to the play offs 4 straight years, including an elite eight and final four appearance.  Coach Speeney's experience extends well beyond basketball, including stints as head coach for girls and boy’s lacrosse and swim & dive. Speeney completed her doctorate work in administration and is currently working on her dissertation through Argosy University. She is also head of the Science Department.  Coach Speeney lives in Dallas with her husband Coach John Speeney and their two children Christian and Hannah.

Head Athletic Trainer & Basketball Cheer Coach - Kimberly Estes

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Coach Kimberly Estes returns for her third year as the Allatoona Basketball Head Athletic Trainer. She is also the basketball cheer coach at Allatoona this year. She most recently was the athletic trainer at Paulding County HS for the previous two years.  She also finished her first year teaching Elementary Physical Education at Northside Union Elementary Schools. Originally from Missouri, Kimberly is a 2004 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. From Southeast, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management/Athletic Training. She is also a 2006 graduate of Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where she received her Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education. During graduate school in Columbus, Kimberly was employed by Hughston Orthopedic Hospital and provided medical coverage for Hardaway HS. This past March, Coach Kimberly Estes married Nick Estes who is the Head JV Boys’ Coach and Varsity Assistant at Allatoona HS.