MILTON, Ga. — To say Allen Whitehart is excited to be Milton’s new head boys basketball coach might be an understatement.
“I think [Milton is] the best job in the state of Georgia for basketball. I think the resources, the community and the support is the best there is in the state,” Whitehart said.
“This is one of those jobs that doesn’t come around often and I’m blessed to be in this position.”
Whitehart was named the boys head coach last Monday from a pool of over 70 applicants. Gary Sylvestri, Milton’s athletic director, said Whitehart was not only a great candidate, but the right man for the job.
And that right man for the job is excited to put his mark on Milton’s program.
“Milton has a great history and are a phenomenal basketball program,” Whitehart said. “You always try to welcome the culture that has been built before you and add on to it. I just want to add on to the Milton legacy and continue to work and help kids.”
Whitehart takes over the Milton program after leading Etowah to its first region championship and first state playoff win in 12 seasons last year. Prior to his one-year stint with Etowah, Whitehart was the head coach at Buford from 2010-15 and Centennial from 2006-07.
At Buford, Whitehart led the Wolves to two state championship appearances and was named AAA Coach of the Year. Buford went 115-42 under Whitehart.
After serving as an assistant for three years at Centennial, Whitehart took over as head coach and led the Knights to a state runner up finish. Centennial went 97-25 under Whitehart, who earned Coach of the Year honors for Class AAAAA.
Whitehart describes his coaching style, one that has brought his teams so much success, as disciplined.
“We play up-tempo and hang our hat on defense. We like to get out and score as much as possible but the bottom line is we are going to try and outwork everyone we play against.”
Whitehart met with parents and players last week and said he is happy to be a part of the Milton community.
“My family and I are happy to be at Milton and we are looking forward to building a winning program and getting the community involved from the junior level all the way up to the varsity level,” he said.
Whitehart replaces Matt Kramer, who stepped down midseason in January. Sean Revels, a Milton assistant, was named head coach after Kramer’s departure and led the Eagles in capturing the Region 5-AAAAAAA championship.