Milton’s Boyd: ‘All I’m trying to do is help the kids’

By David Purdum

For the AJC

Former Milton basketball coach David Boyd was disappointed by the Georgia High School Association’s ruling to ban his former team from competing in postseason play this season.

The GHSA ruled that Boyd used undue influence to attract a number of high-profile transfers to play for him during his prolific five-year career at Milton.

“I’m disappointed that the players who came on their own to participate aren’t going to be allowed to play in the postseason. I’m very sorry about that,” Boyd said Tuesday. “But as far as doing something illegal or unethical, all I’m trying to do is help kids.”

Boyd did not refute the findings from the investigation by Fulton County Schools, which the GHSA used to make its ruling. The investigation revealed Boyd invited players, not enrolled at Milton, to summer workouts, during which he assessed their abilities. Fulton County athletics director Dr. Steven Craft said that is an example of undue influence.

“The GHSA has no jurisdiction over summer workouts, as far as I know,” Boyd said. “Not a single player attended a workout who didn’t want to be there and attend the Milton program.

“If a kid is coming to work out, I’m going to give them an honest assessment of their abilities. If a parent is considering moving because their son wanted to be a part of a program, shouldn’t the parents have the right to know whether or not their child can play here?”

Boyd emphasized that he had at least 20 sets of parents contact him about coming to Milton.

“They all contacted me first,” he said. “All I did was simply respond to their concerns and questions. Guess that was considered undue influence. … I don’t know what you’re supposed to do. If these are the things I’m guilty of, then I know of a lot of schools around that are guilty of the same thing.”

Boyd said he has a couple of job offers, but has no intentions of coaching at another Georgia public school.

“I may look outside the state or at private schools,” he said. “I want to take some time to make a good decision. I feel like it’s been a strange scenario. If I really felt like that there was something going on, promising playing time, money exchanging hands, then that would be different.”

26 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

October 9th, 2012
4:06 pm

Eighth graph: “… I don’t (KNOW) what you’re supposed to do. . . “


October 9th, 2012
4:34 pm

Undue influence……. insert joke here…. Go to the middle school games in Dekalb County and watch the bigger schools coaches talk to kids in not so good BB & FB schools but not use any undue influence on 7th and 8th grades to come to their school. No matter where you live basketball and football are off the chain in Dekalb County but no undue influence I sure !


October 9th, 2012
4:44 pm

That “helping the kids” line is used up. Try another line bozo…


October 9th, 2012
4:55 pm

Every HS Head Coach has done the same..If they say other wise its a lie.


October 9th, 2012
5:21 pm

You know what they say… If you aint cheating then you aint trying!

Steve Daniels

October 9th, 2012
6:34 pm

Since Ty Phillips(Current Roswell BB Coach) taddle taled on Boyd, I will be interested if others will do the same now. If they did, the GHSA would have their hands full. But the GHSA doesn’t want that because then it will look like they are not in control of things…….I have yet to see them address this problem. They sit back and wait for people to tell on each other, instead of being proactive.


October 9th, 2012
6:35 pm

Boyd has been crooked his whole career. As soon as he got to Milton the recruiting started, and everyone knew it. If he wants to play that kind of game, why not coach college? That’s part of the program at that level. I have no doubt that he was helping kids–the problem is that he’s only doing it out of self-service in buiilding a bigger, better program and record for himself.

Tired ofthis

October 9th, 2012
6:57 pm

Simply don’t get it. The better players are seen on the AAU circuit and the college coaches all know them. As far as coaching skills Boyd is a high school coach , nothing more or less. Trying to help the kids do what? Get a better education? Get seen by more college coaches? Yeah right. Wants to win , period. He is not the only guilty one I am positive of that. A home was purchased in my neighborhood a few years back and three players lived there with a chaperone , the school lost in the finals, one young man transferred, two stayed. Sold the house and “lived” in an apartment nearby, or at least someones name was on the lease of a almost empty unit, just like at Milton. So much for feeder programs and neighborhood kids getting the benefit of great coaches like Boyd.


October 9th, 2012
7:31 pm

X Coach…I coached for 10 years, and 1) not one staff I was a part did such a thing, and 2) while I know several programs/coaches that would be guilty, I also know several who did not. There are many honest people and coaches out there who coach and live with integrity.

only a matter of time

October 10th, 2012
6:38 am

at some point his athletic director had to give him a mandate of making Milton into a winner. maybe the lines were blurred here. but like No District Lines in Dekalb said earlier, they (coaches) recruit all the time. go to ANY middle school game and the pimps, err, coaches or one of their surrogates are there swarming and recruiting. It’s the nature of today’s high school teams. cash is king and schools need their revenue generating teams to do well. one thing that will not happen is it won’t make coaches change their behaviors they’ll just get move covert in their operations.

Oh man.........

October 10th, 2012
7:26 am

This happens all the time and even at the middle school programs. Doen’t something look strange when at least half if not a whole team from one school all play on the same AAU team? Basketball recruiting is out of control and it starts at the middle school level. Just look at the CCJBC – (Cobb County Junior Basketball Conference). How many teams on boys and girls sides are made up of an AAU team that plays in both leagues. There is no way an entire AAU team just so happens to move into the same district at the same time. And anyone who says different is a liar.

Open mouths, insert feet

October 10th, 2012
10:04 am

Not a single critic one of those criticizing Coach Boyd above appears to have any factual knowledge for doing so…they all just lump him into the “crooked coach” category. Perhaps they should start by reading what all of these former students said about his impact on them as a LITERATURE teacher –

Here’s a couple of quotes for those too lazy to go read it:

Coach Boyd’s literature class was the bright spot in my education. Everything I learned about symbolism, irony, and a love for words came out of that class. He is as much a legend for his teaching abilities as he is for his coaching abilities. His record speaks for itself, and therefore he doesn’t need to recruit. Students and parents simply tried to seek out the best program. So he gets punished just for being good at what he does? Then accused of caring more about basketball than academics? I can tell you from first hand experience, his passion is education! Period.

Coach Boyd was an amazing teacher. His class was inspiring to me as well as many of my fellow classmates. His love of the english language and of great literature was contagious. It is because of him that I began a life long journey of appreciating beautiful poetry, creative writing, and wonderful literary works. This is sad news.

I’ll never forget his class discussion of The Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket. He did the whole lesson standing on the edge of his desk.
2nd best teacher I’ve ever had.

I don’t know him, but from what I read, Coach Boyd sounds like one of those rare teachers/coaches who loves to teach, be it literature or basketball, and who very positively impacts those he teaches.


October 10th, 2012
10:25 am

Coach Boyd was a great teacher both on and off the court. His kids had to perform in the classroom first and then were allowed to be on the court. It is halloween and time for a witch hunt, I guess. Good luck Coach. You can’
t keep a good man down.


October 10th, 2012
10:57 am

@Oh man…..
I know that the Marietta girls team the won seventh grade last year in CCJBC all started together, all go to school together and most of them play on the same AAU team. My daughters sixth grade final four CCJBC team all started together as fifth graders, all go to school together and all but one play on the same AAU team. Of course there is cheating going on, but some programs do it the right way and just because you play AAU ball together doesn’t mean you’re cheating. It may just be that the parents recognize that we have some talent on our team and we want to maximize that and build on it.

no way

October 10th, 2012
12:10 pm

Decatur 4 Life

October 10th, 2012
1:10 pm


You can make as many accusations as you want without proof it doesn’t mean anything, a lot of people been making accusations about Boyd for years finally caught up with him. Truth be told he’s been doing this since he was in Dekalb county at Tucker where he won a state title, during that time the M to M program gave him a way to cover it up. Do you honestly think that doesn’t go on at every middle school in the metro area, obviously its not just in Dekalb


October 10th, 2012
1:34 pm

Perhaps he can get a job at a major university as a “$pecial assistant”.


October 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

Great players want to play for a great coach. Coach Boyd helped these boys grow both on and off the court. It only makes sense that several great players would want to move and help themselves have a chance at a scholarship. Most people move into an area with great schools so their child has a better chance to get great teaching. It is only fair that we stop this and have everyone get a mediocre education. I admit I am moving so my child can go to a school with better math teachers. I admit I have interviewed these schools. But, I am not going to tell you which one as they may have to fire these teachers.


October 10th, 2012
6:05 pm

Undue Influence? We all are influenced by something…if your job doesn’t pay enough and you come across another that suits your fancy most people tend to switch instead of asking for a raise. Usually, you don’t have to do anything, everybody want’s to win when it comes to sports. I didn’t need anyone to say anything to me in regards to my children(daughter & son) when it came to academics and sports. I knew how intelligent and gifted they were in the class room and on the court. So, I moved to an area that would better suit their needs in both areas because where we were although they would have shined, they would have been playing with inferior talent which creates an enormous amount of frustration for a child. My daughter who is the oldest experienced being the only girl who could play and teams were double and triple teaming her during her early stints. When we moved to another area that had a better program with talent across the board, not only did she get more notice, her love for the game itself returned. So I have no problem with parents wanting more for their kids…that’s why we have private schools for those that can afford them. If you want your kid to be good and at something have them work hard at it. Jordan didn’t become the greatest overnight, he worked hard to become great whether you like him or not. This is not rec league, if you want guaranteed playing time that’s where you go. Real life is competitive and my children understand that hard work is the key. Even if you move, they still have to be committed and durable academically and athletically.

Gator Man

October 10th, 2012
8:41 pm

What a LOSER……. Winning at all Cost with this Guy!

Milton Family

October 10th, 2012
9:07 pm

Thank you Milton HS for finally taking the trash to the curb where it belongs. Boyd should never have been hired to begin with, but all the people responsible for that are now gone except the over-zealous wack-job parents who think HS sports are the same as college and pro. As Milton residents, our friends and we have been appalled at Boyd’s mere presence and what that says to our children about right and wrong.

Boyd lies consistently but I believe him about this statement he made: He is sorry the kids he enticed to move into the school to supplant Milton area residents in the basketball program cannot play in the postseason. He did not say anything about the Milton area residents who now cannot play in the region or state tournaments. He does not care about those families in the slightest and never has.

Hey Boyd: I know you are reading all this because there is nothing you love more than yourself and people talking about you. Your program not only wasn’t good enough to be rated as high as penny ante, you can’t even spell penny ante! Winning games with illegal players fooled ignorants into thinking you were a good coach. Those wins are worthless, as are you as a coach. You brought much more harm than good to our community. Good riddance!

Steve Daniels

October 10th, 2012
11:20 pm

How embarrassing. You come one with fake names and blast a man you do not know. What an example you must be to your children.

mom of player(s) coached by Boyd

October 11th, 2012
1:02 pm

To those of you who don’t know David Boyd, you missed an opportunity to associate with a great man and a great coach. He is a master motivator both in the classroom and on the basketball court. He is a special person and just about every young man that’s EVER played for him has benefited from the experience! Coach Boyd, please continue to do what you do. Some of us know your positive impact on the players you coach!

Hubert Green

October 12th, 2012
6:55 am

Last time I checked, it is a free country, and parents/guardians are allowed to send their children to the best schools/programs. Does anybody really think these parents were “talked into” coming to Milton? Don’t you think the parents did their due diligence in making a decsion for their child? Let’s see, great school, a coach with a proven record of championships and sending players to great colleges, good facilities, Nike sponsorship, a national schedule, et al. Why would anybody want to go there? Congratulations Fulton HR for cowtowing to the parents at Milton and the Roswell coach (Ty Phillips). If little Johnny were any good, he’d have played.


October 12th, 2012
1:34 pm

@Hubert Green
I agree 100%


October 12th, 2012
4:00 pm

Everyone hates a winner when its not them. To bad the area coaches/parents became jealous of Milton’s success and now these boys have to pay the price. I guess hard work and dedication does not pay off in this politically correct everybody wins/everybody should make the same amount of money society we now live in.