June 3, 2013
By Reid Althage
LAFM: When did you start coaching and what sport?
I started coaching in 2000- 2001 at Glen Oaks High School. I was the head basketball coach and an assistant football coach.
LAFM: Where did you go to high school and College?
I went to Glen Oaks for High School. After, I served in the military for five years. I came back home and got a bachelor’s degree in education at Southern University. Eventually, I went back and got my Master’s degree in education leadership.
LAFM: Did you play any sports in High School?
I was a basketball player.
LAFM: How long have you worked at Madison Preparatory High School?
This upcoming year will be my fourth. I was hired as a basketball coach when the school was looking to start a basketball program. This will be my first year as the Athletic Director.
LAFM: When did the school decide to install a football program?
Well we have had a JV program for about two years. This past season was kind of a transitional season for us. We played some varsity teams who similar to us now were brand new and trying to get their feet wet. We submitted to become a varsity program and will be in the upcoming season.
LAFM: What will the football program bring to the school?
Football will be great for the Madison Prep. Anytime you add a major sport your school you will attract more kids. At Madison Prep, we are always looking for more outstanding student athletes. Football is a great recruiting tool for the school to get those athletes.
Also, we want to make sure all of our students have a full high school experience when they come here. Football is one more avenue for the kids to enjoy and explore.
LAFM: What do you expect out of the first year?
First year, we are looking for a hard working committed group of young men. I hope we can install a foundation of commitment and hard work that will carry on toward the future. We were in the same situation with the basketball team four years ago. Thankfully, we were able to establish that foundation and build a successful program.
LAFM: Where will Madison Prep play their home games?
We have a full schedule of 10 games with five at home. Most of our home games will be at Memorial Stadium although 1 or 2 will be at leadership stadium.
LAFM: What made coach Michael Roach the right man for the job?
He is a guy with a lot of experience. You know he is one of those guys who has been there and done that. He was at Southern Lab when they were in a similar situation with their team. He has coached high school football for over 20 years. Also, he coached at Alcorn state and Grambling at the college level. He is extremely dedicated and committed. Michael is the kind of stable coach we need for our program.
LAFM: Who was your most influential figure in the sports world?
Coach Harvey Adger at Glen Oaks High School was a huge influence on me. I played for him when I was in High School, and was his assistant coach for 10 years. He is a great coach and great individual. We made 5 trips to the final four and had one undefeated state championship. Also, My parents and my uncle had a great influence on me and my career.
LAFM: What makes this school special?
I absolutely enjoy and love this school. From principle Welsh to the people in cafeteria, we are all on the same page. It is like we are one big family. Everyone works to help develop our kids to the best of their abilities.
LAFM: Favorite Football Player and Coach?
Ray Lewis- Of course he is just a great player. I love listening to him speak to people and his team. He is tough and plays through injury and pain. Lastly, he is spiritual and family oriented.
Nick Saban- Saban is a great coach. He has a business approach to everything. He enjoys success, but also enjoys the process of getting to success.