Wesleyan College head basketball Michael Walton has been named the new head boys basketball coach at FPD.
Walton replaces Michael Brooker, who stepped down in February.
“I’m extremely excited to build on the great foundation that the coaches before me have established," Walton said in a press release. "I’ve always thought FPD presents itself in a first-class manner, and I look forward to the task of leading the boys basketball program.”
Walton was an all-state football and basketball player at Mount de Sales. He made four all-region teams and three all-state teams on the court. He landed on The Telegraph All-City team three teams. The Cavaliers won a state championship in 1997 during Walton’s sophomore season.
Walton played college basketball at Rice.
He became an assistant coach at South Carolina State for three seasons before landing the head coaching job at Wesleyan. Wesleyan went 3-21 this past season.
Walton made three all-state football teams at Mount de Sales, leading the Cavaliers to the GISA state championship in 1996 as the quarterback. The Macon Touchdown Club named Walton the GISA Player of the Year in 1998.
Walton was inducted into the Mount de Sales Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
“I coached against Michael when he played multiple sports in high school,” FPD athletics director Greg Moore said. “His competitiveness and passion then were evident, and those things have only grown as he’s entered into the coaching ranks in the past few years.”
FPD went 3-20 this past season, although one of their two best players transferred over Christmas break.
Brooker coached the Vikings for seven seasons, making him the only boys head coach for the school since it joined the GHSA.