Michael Walton Steps Down at FPD

FPD Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Michael Walton, who has led the FPD Basketball program since 2014, announced earlier today in a team meeting that he would be stepping down as head coach effective immediately.


“The past four years leading the FPD basketball program have been a wonderful experience. FPD is a special place, made so by its people. Being a part of this Christ-centered community of leaders, faculty and families has been a huge blessing for my family and me,” Walton said in a statement. “I’m extremely grateful for my time at FPD. I’m extremely grateful for the relationships that I’ve built here. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to pour into the lives of some wonderful young men, and I look forward to what the future holds for the FPD community. Though the Lord is leading me into my next chapter, I will forever be a supporter of the Viking Nation. Thank you to the Board of Trustees, Headmaster Gregg Thompson, Athletic Director Greg Moore, faculty, students and parents for four great years!”


In his time at FPD, Walton led the basketball program to the GHSA playoffs for the first time, including a Sweet-16 appearance and its first GHSA Playoff victory. He also coached six 7A-All-Region players during his tenure, including recent Gulf State College commit Maurice Gordon.


“We appreciate Michael’s hard work at FPD.  He is a good man, with a heart that desires to please, and we pray that God will bless him and his sweet family during this time of transition,” said Athletic Director Greg Moore.


FPD will begin the search immediately for its next head basketball coach.


“We will be patient as we prayerfully consider the next steps for our Boys’ basketball program,” said Moore. “Our top priority will be the development of the boys on our team and placing someone in front of them that embraces the mission of our school.”