Coach Allen Whitehart comes to Buford High School after 7 years at Centennial High School. Coach Whitehart served as Varsity assistant for Centennial during the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons before taking the head coaching job in the 2006-2007 season. Centennial’s 2005-2006 season was highlighted by Centennial advancing to the 2nd round of the state playoffs (Sweet 16) for the first time in school history with a final record of 19-11. Centennial basketball continued to improve with Coach Whitehart at the helm as Centennial had a record breaking year, setting the school record for wins at 28, fewest losses 5, and the most consecutive wins 21. The highlight of the season came as Centennial won their first region basketball championship on their way to playing for the Georgia AAAAA State Championship, coming up one point short and finishing as State Runner-Up. Subsequently, Coach Whitehart was named Georgia AAAAA Coach of the Year as well as Region 6-AAAAA Coach of the Year for his team’s accomplishments. The 2008-2009 season saw Centennial crack the ESPN Rise rankings for the first time in school history, soaring as high as #22 in the country and holding the 5A State of Georgia #1 ranking for 6 weeks. The 2009-2010 season was no different as Centennial was ranked in the top 10 in the state of Georgia for the entire season. With 24, 25 and 20 wins in the last 3 seasons, CoachWhitehart's overall record as head coach has improved to 97-25 and an astounding 56-4 in region play over that 4 year period. Coach Whitehart and his staff share a passion for basketball and look to bring the same success to Buford High School by continuing to stress team work, fundamentals, dedication, and hard work.
Coach Mike Lawley is from Snellville, GA, where he was is a graduate of South Gwinnett High School. After high school, Coach Lawley completed both his undergraduate and graduate school degrees from the University of Georgia. Coach Lawley is in his 4th season with the Men’s Basketball Program. Before coming to Buford, Coach Lawley worked with the basketball programs at both Baldwin High School and Cedar Shoals High School. Coach Lawley is married to his beautiful wife, Rachel Lawley.