Allen McAdams, a 24-year veteran of The Cottage School, isthe Social Science Department Chair, former winner of the Atlanta Braves-Bell South Teacher of the Year Award, Rowell Rotary’s Teacher of the Month, and since creating the track and cross country programs in 1998, has earned multiple Coaches of the Year Accolades. Girls and Boys Cross Country and Track and Field teams under his tutelage have earned a combined 30 Atlanta Athletic Conference Championships,three State Championship, four-time state runners up, four GISA region championships, and 11 GISA region runner’s up titles.  Allen has produced fourteen individual state champions; moreover, five GISA state track and field records are currently held by McAdams’ Cougars. 

Allen is certified to teach broad field social sciences from grades 6-12, is certified to coach by the United States Track and Field Federation  at the collegiate level, and is a track and field official. Allen has earned BA, BS, MS degrees with honors, and is a certified massage therapist.  Allen competed in high school and was elected captain of his varsity collegiate cross country team.  He is a former qualifier for the Ironman World Triathlon Championships in Kona, Hawaii, national adventure race champion, four times Master’s national adventure race champion, 4 time Southeastern United States White Water Canoe champion, (C-2) state duathlon champion, State canoe champion (C-2), and bronze medalist in the world’s longest kayak race(K-2).  Currently, his adventure racing team, Checkpoint Zero, is ranked second in the nation.