Posted: 2:33 pm Friday, March 21st, 2014

M.L. King football coach resigns 

By Todd Holcomb

M.L. King football coach Cortez Allen resigned this week after one season and a 7-4 finish.

”Just wasn’t the right fit,” Allen told the AJC on Friday. 

Allen, a Southwest DeKalb alumnus, had coached three seasons at Newton before returning to DeKalb County for the 2013 season. Allen had been on staff at newly opened M.L. King from 2002 to 2004. M.L. King was 3-7, 11-2 and 11-3 in those seasons, quickly becoming a state power under head coach Kenny Barrow.

A new head coach for M.L. King in 2014 will be the fourth in four seasons and fifth in six. Allen conceded that the history of previous coaches, all successful with their own style, made it harder for him.

‘’It’s just a different place now,” Allen said. “It’s not the same place when I was there before as defensive coordinator, not what I expected it to be.”

Corey Jarvis, who led the program to three 10-win seasons in five years, resigned after the 2009 season to take a job at Duluth. He’s now head coach at Mays.

Michael Carson led M.L. King to 8-4 and 12-1 finishes but was forced out over off-the-field misconduct. Interim coach Rober Freeman led King to an 11-1 finish in 2012 but was not retained.

9 comments
DA TRUTH
DA TRUTH

 Well Well, another excuse as a coach. Cortez Allen destroyed the MLK football program. He came in with all these promises and guess what, this years team was the most undisciplined team MLK has ever had. What do you expect from the kids when the head coach (Cortez Allen) ran up in the stands and fought a parent when they lost to Tucker. And may I add that under Cortez Allen's watch Tucker put up 60 pts. That is the most Pts that any team has ever put up on MLK. Also lets talk about discipline again. MLK starters went back on the field to go for it on 4th down when the head coach clearly said punt. This is the coach that was hired to succeed a staff that won won and won. Woodland parents get your petitions ready this guy is a joke. He tells lies to scouts coming to visit and also he (cortez allen) and the treasurer for MLK booster club are under investigation for stealing money and unaccounted funds. Woodland parents you do not need him in your program. He has no loyalty to the kids.I will be calling the principal at Woodland to stop this guy.

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

There is nothing wrong in DeKalb that a little self examination can not cure. Ultimately, it comes down to accountability. Everyone would love to have better facilities, an aggressive booster Club, and more funds to achieve certain goals but the truth is that all that is already there. At my school, the Athletic Director requested to examine the financial records of the B.C. and was promptly denied. Why? The Boosters established themselves as a separate entity. An advocate and beneficiary for the school yet not affiliated contractually in any way. ALL the needs of the program are met, without question.


As far as coaching is concerned, it is difficult to be what is needed. Many have the knowledge to coach football but may lack what it takes in ethics or morality. Those with a good heart and mean well will often come up short on the X's and O's. A balance is needed and it's a major job finding that. A person who will command respect and be approachable at the same time. A father figure and a diplomat. A disciplinarian  and a facilitator. Some are built for this and some are not. As with everything else in life, I say, "Life is a like a play and everyone has their role".

Relgin
Relgin

As to being a coach in DeKalb County, you have to be able to set your rules, with the players and parents. You have to be able to have your back covered by the administration to get your program and policies followed. I know that is not always possible, but is very important to be a head coach in Dekalb County. You also have to set up a Booster Club, and get the right people involved to make money for your program, just to have the little things so important to your kids to compete against other regions in the state. DeKalb has been the same for a long time. Some programs supported better than others. And it is not only the schools in the north end of the county.

Peanutkd13
Peanutkd13

I think you all are missing the point here. Yes Dekalb has it's issues, but Allen said it himself, he wasn't the right fit for the job. Forget about the FB coaching the school has had a different principal just about every year since the now Athletic Director Horace Dunston was the principal. The school needs stability in many areas. The football team isn't the most important!

MajorDowning
MajorDowning

Dekalb like Atlanta has a major problem and that is they don't have stadiums on campus that allows them to tend to their own affairs. Coaches in both system consistently complain about not being able to keep the gate from the games they play. Every dime goes to the system and ultimately has to be evenly split among all the programs. It's difficult to get the best coaches on staff when you don't have the additional funding that comes with a stadium and sponsorships.

dgroy
dgroy

And you know what, folks?.......it ain't gonna get any better because of all the recruiting, particularly in one part of the county and all the political correctness in our schools, in our county, state and especially the policies of the federal department of non-education, headed by idiot-in-chief arne Duncan and his boss, bhusseino who does not care one iota about the condition of our school systems.  One day in the near future, our schools, particularly our high schools are going away for the most part, being replaced by on-line learning.  The discipline problems in those schools will continue to increase until only the problem kids will remain and there will be chaos.  Coming to a school near YOU.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Why would anyone want to coach in DeKalb Co.?  For that matter, who would want to work for any govt. agency in DeKalb Co.?  amomwhocares got it right, dysfunctional.  I might add lazy and dishonest.

City slicker
City slicker

Come on Dekalb let's get our clap together

amomwhocares
amomwhocares

DeKalb is a horrible system to work for to begin with -- it is worse for coaches who have no support from a dysfunctional central office.