Coach King got his start in basketball relatively late, first enrolling in the sport in his senior year of high school. His involvement in the sport totally changed the direction his life was taking, and enabled him to get an athletic scholarship to college.
After playing basketball as a collegiate athlete under the renowned Gene Bess Three-Rivers Junior College and Charles “Lefty” Driesell at Georgia State University, he played professional basketball as a Center-Power Forward in Mexico, Uruguay, Lebanon, Hungary, and China. During his time overseas, he also ran tournaments, acted as a Player-Coach and General Manager for several teams, and trained youth at various basketball camps.
After retiring from professional play, Markeal returned to Atlanta, and earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University (GSU). During his time there, he was also a graduate assistant in the athletic department, working with the GSU Men’s Basketball team. Markeal is a certified personal trainer through the National Association of Sports Administration, and has trained athletes at various basketball camps in the United States, including camps sponsored by GSU, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, and the El Paso Hoops Academy. He has also coached AAU and WBA teams, and has been the Men’s Head Basketball Coach at the Atlanta Sports Academy and Georgia Prep Sports Academy.
Coach King in Colombia
In addition to his experience as an athlete, Markeal is also well-versed in the business side of sports. He was able to apply his Master’s in Sports Administration as the Atlanta Regional Coordinator of Ultimate Hoops with Lifetime Fitness. In that role, he significantly grew the adult and youth recreational leagues across five gyms by recruiting players, promoting leagues, creating programs, and developing an active online media presence.
In 2015, Coach King was also part of a delegation with the U.S. Sports Embassy to Colombia, educating local coaches and sports officials about best practices for developing athletic programs and bettering the lives of at-risk youth through sport. Given his experience playing in a variety of countries, he is passionate about working with players from all around the world, in addition to youth in the United States.
In 2018, Coach King served as the Head Middle School Basketball Coach for the Drew Charter School Eagles. The team won the 2018 Atlanta Public School’s (APS) Basketball Championship, and Coach King was named the APS Middle School Basketball Coach of the year.
Coach King with the Coach of the Year and Championship trophies.
Markeal’s philosophy is to encourage his students to achieve their personal bests through fun, yet challenging workouts.
Markeal’s philosophy is to encourage his students to achieve their personal bests through fun, yet challenging workouts. In addition to teaching on-the-court fundamentals, he also aims to help kids develop character through sports through lessons on teamwork, healthy living, discipline, focus, and persistence.
As someone who had his life transformed through basketball, he strives to pay it forward to others, and has done so, by securing college scholarships for numerous athletes and promoting an active lifestyle to youth.
Markeal is happily married to his wife, Patricia, and is the proud parent of two kids, Haley and Blake.
Coach King with Julius Irving (“Dr. J”)