Our volunteers coaches share a passion for kids, fun and football. Our program is designed to introduce families to the sport of football in a fun and instructive environment. While we teach the kids how to win, winning is secondary to the fun of playing organized team sports. We recognize that there is greatness in each of our student athletes and emphasize individual growth in a team atmosphere. Besides teaching football fundamentals, our focus is to simply promote athletic and academic excellence in all of our players.
Coach Kyle grew up in South Dekalb and found his passion for football for Ray of Hope Christian Church where he eventually returned to begin nurturing his coaching skills. Coach Kyle graduated from MLK High school where he played inside linebacker, served as Defensive Captain on a team that went to the state semi-finals in the Georgia Dome, led the county for tackles for a loss, and was recognized with All-State Honors his Senior year. Coach Kyle graduated from Georgia Southern majoring in Psychology. Though he did not play for the Eagles he played briefly for a couple semi-pro team s finally retiring as a linebacker for the Atlanta Prime in one of their Championship seasons. Coach Kyle works full time as a Regional Operations Manager.
Coach Mark grew up down the road in Snellville, GA where he attended and played football at South Gwinnett High School. Mark attended and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he did not play football, but did meet his wife Laura. Mark and Laura have 3 kids, Kate (7th grade), Patrick (5th grade) and Grant (3rd grade). Mark is a certified USA football coach and has been the head coach or an assistant coach on over 30 teams through various organizations such as Northside Youth Organization, Buckhead Baseball, Peachtree Presbyterian, Druid Hills Youth Sports, Inter-Atlanta, Atlanta All-stars (flag football) and Haygood Hoops.
Alfonzo Thurman II went to High School in DeKalb, Illinois where he earned All-State honors in Football and Track, was a member of National Honor Society. Alfonzo decided to accept a scholarship to play football for the Indiana University Hoosiers. While playing Linebacker at Indiana, Alfonzo led one of the BIG TEN’s best defenses in tackles for 3 straight years and ranks as one of the Hoosiers all-time greats with over 290 career tackles. Coach Thurman currently lives in Decatur, GA with his wife Etosha and their two children Trinity and Alfonzo III (Trip). His love of community and sports lead him to volunteer as a football coach and as a basketball coach for his two kids. Along with coaching, Alfonzo is an active member of First Baptist Church Gresham Road Decatur, GA as a board of director’s member.