Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Coach Brandon Morton, one of the founders of the storied Atlanta Ducks and now the Falcons United. Anyone in youth football in the past 10 years know who Coach B is and what his teams are capable of when game time rolls around. Since 2007 ,Brandon Morton have been on the sideline of a youth organization opening day. From getting his feet wet at the powerhouse Atlanta Vikings, to starting his own team at Sandtown with his son on the roster in 2010, to organizing Atlanta’s first national program in the Atlanta Ducks in 2013. Last summer, Coach B was left with a dilemma after disbanding the Ducks elite brand officially, but having a handful of small players believing a season was coming. Himself, Coach Man and Coach Chris came together to form a new organization called Falcons United.
Falcons United would start the 2019 season with 3 teams playing in the YFA league for the fall football season. Two of the three teams came out the game competitive and not to be taken lightly in their inaugural seasons. The two competitive teams went on to win the YFA league championships at 9u and 10u and be invited to the Youth National Championship in Miami. After arriving at YNC, the 10u defeated the reigning division champion in exciting fashion to play for the championship. They came up only 2 points short of their ultimate goal, but is amazing for a first year team to be #2 in the country at that age group. As for the 9u, they were defeated in the semifinals and finished #3 in the country. Trying to build off the initial success of the program for the 2020 season, they have picked up a few big pieces to help grow this into what Coach B is synonymous for. After last season only having 3 teams, this year they will have 9 teams available for registration ranging from Flag up to 11 and under tackle. Coach P., Prentiss Nolan, will have 6u tackle. Coach Juwan will have 7u, Coach Rico will have 8u, Coach Nick will have one 9u and Coach Ray will have a 9u also, Coach B and Coach Man will have 10u and Coach Chris will have the 11u.
Coach B wants to continue with his winning tradition of the past, along with other things he implemented while investing in the youth he was able to reach. While being the head of former organization’s he customarily took kids to college camps as middle school athletes. This allowed them to gain knowledge and a leg up on competition going to high school. Now he’s helping kids even gain access to private high schools, things that are normally not obtainable for certain kids. I believe those things are setting him and Falcons United apart from other youth programs.