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Head Coach Michael Walton

MW-crop-2Michael Walton begins his fourth season as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team.

Walton brings a wealth of experience to the school, having previously served as head girls’ basketball coach at Wesleyan College from 2011-14. During that time, he also spearheaded the strength and conditioning program, and he will continue in that capacity as part of his everyday duties at FPD.

In his first season at the helm, FPD posted a 6-15 record during a rebuilding season.

After a retooling campaign in 2014-15, Walton led the Vikings to their first ever appearance in the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs. The Vikings finished with a season record of 14-11 and 5-5 in Class 1A, Region-7 play.

Last season, the Vikings picked up their first GHSA State Tournament win in program history over Riverside Military before falling to Athens Christian in the Sweet 16. The Vikings finished at 16-8 and 8-2 in Region 7-1A.

Experience is not an issue for Walton, who has served as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.

From July 2009 to July 2011 he was an assistant coach for South Carolina State University. Two years prior to jumping onto the coaching scene, he served as Director of Men’s Basketball Operations for the Bulldogs.

A standout athlete, Walton attended Rice University on a full basketball scholarship, lettering four years.

He graduated with honors from Mount de Sales Academy, where he was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He racked up numerous awards during his time as a Cavalier, including a three-time GISA All-State selection and a three-time Macon Telegraph All-City selection in basketball.

In football, Walton started and lettered four years and was named to the GISA All-State Team three times and the Macon Telegraph All-City four times.

“It’s my focus over the next few years to develop a program that both competes for championships on the court and assists in the development of high-moral, well-prepared citizens off the court,” Walton said. “The potential for success is great and we want to maximize every opportunity to push FPD basketball forward.”

2017-18 Boys Basketball Schedule
Day Date Opponent Location Time Result Record Region Record
Tuesday November 28 Howard FPD 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Friday December 1 Darlington Darlington 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Saturday December 9 Paideia Paideia 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Tuesday December 12 Bleckley County Bleckley County 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Thursday December 21 TBA Southwest Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Friday December 22 TBA Southwest Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Saturday December 23 TBA Southwest Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Wednesday December 27 TBA Northeast Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Thursday December 28 TBA Northeast Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Friday December 29 TBA Northeast Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Wednesday January 3 Twiggs County* Twiggs County 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Friday January 5 Stratford Academy* Stratford Academy 8:00 p.m. --- --- ---
Saturday January 6 Darlington FPD 5:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Wednesday January 10 Wilkinson County* FPD 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Friday January 12 Mount De Sales* Mount De Sales 8:00 p.m. --- --- ---
Tuesday January 16 Tattnall Sqaure* FPD 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Friday January 19 Twiggs County* FPD 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Saturday January 20 Howard Howard High 3:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Tuesday January 23 Stratford Academy* FPD 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Friday January 26 Wilkinson County* Wilkinson County 8:00 p.m. --- --- ---
Tuesday January 30 Mount De Sales* FPD 7:30 p.m. --- --- ---
Friday February 2 Tattnall Sqaure Tattnall Square 8:00 p.m. --- --- ---
Wednesday February 7 TBA Region Tourney TBA --- --- ---
Friday February 9 TBA Region Tourney Semi-Finals TBA --- --- ---
Saturday February 10 TBA Region Championship TBA --- --- ---
Saturday February 17 TBA 1st Rd State Playoffs TBA --- --- ---
* Denotes Sub-Region 7-A Contest
Schedule subject to change
2017-18 Boys Basketball Roster
Number Player Height Weight Position Year
2017-18 Boys Basketball Coaches
Coach Title
Michael Walton Head Coach
David Thomas Assistant Coach
Casey Jones Assistant Coach
Garrett Law Athletic Trainer

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