The Coaches

Coach David Boyd

Coach David Boyd enters this season with a record of 544-183, including 12 region titles, 10 Elite Eight’s and 8 Final Fours. He is 8-0 in those Final Fours and has gone on to win 5 State Championships. He is the only coach is state history to win 4 State titles at 4 different High Schools.

He has won numerous Region Coach of the Year honors and 1 National Coach of the Year. He has been invited by Nike as one of only 3 high school coaches to speak at their clinic this Spring. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has named him State Coach of the Year the past two years. He has also been named the Atlanta Tip-Off Coach of the Year for 6 times.

Coach Boyd has had number Division 1 players including: Darryl Bedford, Cal Boyd, Shernard Long, Darryl Laberrie, Tony Akins, Adrian Borders, Wayne Arnold, Matt Causey and Gani Lawal (currently playing with the Phoenix Suns). He has 4 current players that are committed to Division 1 schools, while 2 other players have received Division 1 offers.

Coach Boyd and his wife, Cheryl, have a son, Geoff, two daughters, Charisse and Christina, and two granddaughters, Abigail and Kylah.

Coach Nathan Tornow

Coach Nathan Tornow begins his second season as the Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Milton Eagles.

In 2009-2010, Coach Tornow was a part of the Region 6-AAAAA and Class AAAAA State championship team.  He led the JV and 9th grade Boys teams prior to becoming Assistant Varsity Coach. In 2008-2009, he coached the JV Boys team to a 9-7 record and finished 3rd in the Region 6-AAAAA tournament. In 2007-2008, he coached the 9th grade Boys team to an 11-5 record. He also served as a Varsity Assistant Coach while heading  the 9th grade and JV teams.

Coach Tornow’s roles on the Varsity team include directing the strength and conditioning program and acting as director of basketball operations for the boys program.

Coach Tornow is starting his 6th year teaching History at Milton high school. Raised in Elk Rapids, Michigan, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. He graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor’s degrees in History in 2003 and Secondary Education in 2004

Coach Michael Martin

Coach Michael Martin has been a Georgia Public Educator for 13 years. At Milton, Coach Martin is a TAG teacher who teaches AP Macroeconomics and World History.  He returns to a second year as 9th Grade Coach and general assistant for the program.

Before joining the Milton Staff, his experience in coaching came from coaching his own 4 boys’ teams in youth leagues.  Coach Martin grew up in Atlanta, playing many sports, primarily football, baseball, and basketball.  He began playing basketball at the high school level at Briarcliff High School.  He has coached teams that have played for and won championships.  After earning a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts at the University of Georgia in 1988, Coach  Martin went on to complete the Masters at Piedmont College, earning dual Masters-level certifications in Broad-Field Social Studies (6-12), Art (P-12), and a Gifted Endorsement.

Since then, he has taught almost every high school social studies course, including three AP courses, 2-D art, and AP History of Art.  Coach Martin is an “Ambassador” to the rising younger players, and encourager of the experienced ones.

Coach David Akin

Coach David Akin joined the Gwinnett Majic staff in 2009 as the head coach. There he helped guide the Majic to the World Basketball Association’s best regular season record as well as helped capture the WBA Championship in 2009 and 2010. He was named 2009 and 2010 WBA Coach of the Year. During the 2009 off season, Coach Akin was named part owner but continued his head coaching duties.

Coach Akin was a member of the Lady Bulldog Basketball Program at the University of Georgia from 2006-2009. During his time at Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament three times, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2006-2007.

In addition, Akin was an assistant middle school and high school coach for the boys basketball program at Athens Academy during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns while completing his Masters Degree at Georgia. He also served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for athletics at Agnes Scott College from 2003-05.

Akin was a travel coach for Peach State Hoops in 2006-07 and worked as camp floor director at Rising Stars Basketball from 2003-07. In 2002 he was the director of athletic leagues at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, coordinating youth programs in three sports as well as the adult basketball league.

Akin is a graduate of Berkmar High School, where he was a two-year letterwinner in basketball and a member of the Patriots’ 1998 state runner-up squad. He received his Bachelor?s Degree in Communications from Brewton-Parker College in 2003. There he was a four-year letterwinner in basketball, including the 1999-2000 team that reached the NAIA National Tournament, and two-year letterwinner in tennis. Akin received his Masters Degree in Sport Management from Georgia in December 2007.

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