The Elbert "Al" Outlaw story

The Legacy and Legend of a Player and Coach

by George McPherson

Legendary coach Al Outlaw, an icon and true leader of academic and basketball excellence in Georgia and the USA.

Atlanta - Elbert Lewis Outlaw, respectfully known as "Al Outlaw" is perhaps the ONLY coach in Georgia and possibly the country who was and is a True Champion and Legend in Basketball on ALL of the following levels: High School, College, Marine Corps, Pro Am, Recreation, USBL and AAU! Finally we have the Al Outlaw legendary story.

His philosophy of life is simple: "Put God first in all of your pursuits, be thankful for the little things and treat others the way you want to be treated."  His philosophy of playing the game of basketball is summed up in the Team Georgia's motto: " Team Georgia is #1 with Pride and Determination, placing academics above athletics!"  He impresses upon his players that you are not going to win every game, but you can play every game like winners! It's all about PRESENTATION! The bottom line is "Failure is NOT an option!"


Outlaw learned to play the game of basketball in the mean streets of North Philadelphia, especially on the playgrounds. He was taught to dribble by Wally Jones and to shoot by Hal Greer, two Philadelphia 76er great guards!

Because of the rough lifestyle of Philly, he was forced to complete his high school career in Windsor, North Carolina at Bertie Senior High School where he led, as MVP, his team to the State 3A Championship his Senior year by defeating Pinecrest High School featuring Jeff Capel Sr., father of Jeff Capel Jr, current Head Coach at Oklahoma, by a score of 51-50!  Outlaw was All Conference, All District, All State and Honorable Mention All- American. He was also an outstanding baseball and football player! He was an Honor Graduate and President of his Senior Class!


Al Outlaw graduated from Elon College (University) with a B.A. Degree in Social Science and a double minor in English and Political Science with a 3.3 GPA.  He has completed some Graduate work in Community Counseling at Georgia State University. He was a four-year starter at point guard at Elon. He was an All-State performer who played against World "B" Free, Guildford College(76ers), ML Carr, Guilford College (Boston Celtics), Tubby Smith, High Point College (Head Coach of Kentucky Wildcats), Rick Barnes, Lenoir Rhyne College (Head Coach Univ. of Texas), just to name a few.


Upon graduating from Elon College, Outlaw was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USMC.

He was All-Marine in softball, football and basketball as a player and coach. He attributes his tough, intense mental and physical approach to the game, to the rigorous training he received in the Maine Corps, especially during Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Parris Island, S.C. where he spent 4 years training drill instructors and recruits! It's "Honor, Respect, Discipline and Determination" above all else!


Founder of the Greatest Pro Am Basketball Leagues the City of Atlanta has ever seen in the early 80's! His teams featured such local amateur greats as Bernard Title of Atlanta, Willie Smith of Palmetto, Cordy Glen of Forest Park and Norris "Bo Pete" Bell of Atlanta! "Bo Pete" was "MVP" as he scored 30 points against Dominique Wilkins and the Hawks/Russians at the Cobb Civic Center before a sell-out crowd of nearly 8,000 spectators, marking the FIRST TIME foreign players combined with NBA players in America! His teams won 10 of 12 Pro Am Championships from 1983-1995!  He led his Winter League Champions to the National Championship games 5 times, finished as Runner-ups 4 times and Champions once!

During his Summer Leagues he coached the following NBA greats: Dominique Wilkins (former Hawk and current NBA Basketball Hall of Fame inductee) Glen "Doc" Rivers (former Hawk and current Head Coach of the Boston Celtics), Gerald Wilkins (former New York Knick), Eddie Lee Wilkins (former New York Knick), Kevin Willis (former Hawk/member of San Antonio Spurs World Championship Team in 2005), Charlie Criss (former Hawk, current Director for the Hawks' Community Relations, who gave Outlaw his first USBL coaching job as an assistant with the Atlanta Eagles in 1985), Antoine Carr (former Hawk), John Salley (former member of LA Lakers' World Championship Team and current co-host of 'Best Damn Sports Show'), John Battle (former Hawk), Chad Kessler (former LA Clipper), Alex Kessler (former LA Clipper) and Sedale Threat( former 76er) just to name a few! Additionally, conducted 4 Summer Pro Am All Star games featuring the above mentioned pros and amateurs from Atlanta vs Moses Malone and his Houston Traveling All Stars which included Hakeem Alajuwon, Robert Reed, Clyde Drexler, Allen Level, Major Jones and local Houston amateur legends. These All Star games were sponsored by Mr. V's Figure 8 on Campbellton Road in SW Atlanta.

He has coached and taken his teams to Italy, Spain, Holland, Puerto Rico and Portugal.  He has also coached his traveling men's teams against various, major D-1 colleges and universities throughout the United States during exhibition seasons in past years. His team plays the University of Arizona on November 4, 2006.  Two Professional NBA referees were selected from Outlaw's Pro Am League - Derrick Stafford, a Morehouse Graduate, and Eddie Rush, a Georgia State University Graduate.


He was the Associate Head Coach at Morris Brown College from 1985-89. He recruited some of the best talent in the SIAC, and MBC's teams were always near the top of the conference. He recruited All American, Jeff Brown, out of College Park, Georgia. He was recognized as an "Outstanding Coach in the SIAC!"


The following coaches played for Outlaw either in the AAU, Pro Am or USBL:

Mike Davis (Indiana University/UAB), Shaun Golden (Head Coach at Newberry College), Derrick Waugh (Head Coach at Stetson University) and Cameron Dollar (Associate Head Coach at the University of Washington) just to name a few.


He's the ONLY coach who has won PROFESSIONAL Championships while serving in the following capacities: Owner, General Manager and Head Coach of the Atlanta Eagles and Atlanta Trojans from 1990-1997.  He was "Coach of the Year" two times and "Man of the Year" one time during his extraordinary tenure in the League beating out Eric Mussleman, current Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings, and longtime friend John Lucas, former Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The following partial list of players went on to the NBA while playing for Outlaw: Darryl Armstrong (Dallas Mavericks 2006 Runner-Up), Harold Ellis (former LA Clipper/current Hawks scout), Antonio Harvey (former LA Laker), Mark Strickland (former Hawk), Fred Vincent (former Hawk), Ivano Newbill (former Detroit Piston), Jerry "Iceman" Reynolds (former Milwaukee Buck), and West Mathews (former Hawk/World Champions LA Lakers).


Outlaw is President/Executive Director of The TEAM GEORGIA BASKETBALL CLUB and considered by many as the GREATEST and MOST WINNINEST COACH (over 300 wins) in Georgia AAU history dating back to 1983 when his team started out as the Team Georgia/Burdett Trojans. Therefore, let the record reflect that Team Georgia (co-founded by Elbert "Al" Outlaw and Linzy Davis) is the oldest and most productive program in Georgia History.  Team Georgia is also the originator of the "Showcase Event" concept dating back to 1985.  The USA Elite All American Camp produced another great turn-out of new talent with a total of 389 kids in grades 6 to 12.

His teams have beaten EVERY ORGANIZATION in Georgia and has been a consistent top power every year on the USA placing more players in college and the Pro's than any other program in Georgia AAU Club history.  Most notably, his team was the only team in Georgia to defeat the Atlanta Celtics when they had Josh Smith, Randolph Morris and Dwight Howard on the front line. They were coached by Wallace Prather, Walter "Pete" Smith (father of Josh Smith) and Tony Adams (current coach and Director of the Columbus Georgia Blazers.) No other team can make such a claim.  There are other programs in Georgia that have survived because of Team Georgia.

Team Georgia ranks with the BEST in the Country with an alumni list of college and professional players that is second to none. Go to to view the alumni list. 

The following partial list is an example:

William Avery (Duke/Milwaukee Bucks), Lavar Postel (St. John's/New York Knicks), Jarvis Hayes (UGA/Washington Wizards), Alexander Johnson (Florida State/Memphis Grizzlies), and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Vancouver, Hawks, Seattle and Sacramento).   Shareef didn't play for any other AAU program except Team Georgia!

ADDITIONALLY, Outlaw has 2 WNBA alumni: Keisha Brown (Washington Mystics) and Lady Hartman (Sacramenta Monarchs), and 3 NFL alumni: Keyeron Fox (Seatle Seahawks), Adam "Pac Man" Jones (Tennessee Titans) and Shawn Jones  (Cincinatti Bengals).

SPECIAL NOTE: Outlaw thinks that Wendy Miller, B.A. in Community Health and Masters in Public Administration, epitomizes what TEAM GEORGIA is all about; she is the "Sole and driving force behind the organizational structure and execution of the Program.

Linzy Davis, B.S. in English, American Literature and Language, has a brilliant basketball mind, especially innovative ways to market and expose players. and has won National Championships, and leads the USA in World Championship victories, and has outperformed USA Basketball in international championships, including a string of 3 titles in a row up through the current year of 2006.  Linzy Davis has become an international icon with National Team coaches.

"Parents and peers need to know that your child is being exposed to "A Quality Educated Staff" whereas we simply provide an atmosphere that produces successful leaders and create more confidence, determination, fundamental skills as a basketball player, but more importantly, better character as a person through hard work ethic and faith. We are NOT attempting to broker your child and/or persuade him or her to transfer to another school.  We support your family and your high school coach.  And we are here to serve your best interest which will create a solid foundation of success for your child.  That's what makes us the ELITE." said Outlaw.


Al Outlaw attributes his success in basketball as a player and coach to his myriad of experiences stated above; but his coaching foundation started at the Burdett Gymnasium/Recreation Center in College Park, Georgia off of Old National Highway. He is a 26 year career employee with Fulton County Department of Parks and Recreation where he is currently the Athletic Director/Manager for the entire County's Sports Programs. He was the Community Center Director at Burdett from 1980-1998.  During his tenure at Burdett his teams have won numerous youth and adult (men and women) State Championships. He states that" Every athlete and coach started their careers on the recreation level i.e., Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA's, etc. It is truly a blessing to touch the lives of kids during their early childhood years."

Outlaw has been recognized for his untiring work in the community as a recipient of the prestigious "Heart for Youth Award" by WSB-TV.  He is also a consultant to and committee member of the following Youth Advocacy Groups - "Call to Manhood," "Another Way Out," "Beat the Odds," "National Youth Sports Coaching Association -NYSCA" and the "Georgia Recreation and Parks Association - GRPA." He's a certified CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor through the American Red Cross.

There are several Doctors and Lawyers who have played for him and other coaches in the program at some point in their careers- i.e. Dr. Chad Kessler, Dr. Alex Kessler and Attorney Derrick Waugh/Head Coach at Stetson University, just to name a few.  He acknowledges the fact that "everybody can't make the NBA, but "we can train and teach our kids to be successful and productive citizens."  said Outlaw.  "We are merely vessels used to glorify and serve God through the medium of basketball.   IT'S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION. WE TRAIN OUR KIDS TO BE LEADERS! "


"This is my story and I thank ALL of you who have helped, and continue help Team Georgia remain a leading force in the country in developing our youth into successful leaders of tomorrow." Elbert Lewis Outlaw.