4 U Academy Director
John Perez - My Mentor
Brent Carmichael, Director of 4 U Academy is the father of a autistic son, former professional basketball player and National Consultant on Youth Violence has spent the past twenty years organizing, developing, implementing and evaluating programs.
Brent received a Bachelors of Liberal Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After playing 4 years of professional basketball in the U.S. and overseas, he obtained full custody of his son Artez.
Brent began is professional work experience with young people as the Assistant Director of Project Head Start in Rockford, Illinois. Over the past 20 years, he has worked for the City of Rockford Mayor’s Office as a Drug Prevention Coordinator, Rockford Park District, and Rockford Lightning Professional Basketball Team as a Public Relations Assistant.
In 1995, Brent and Artez moved to Denver Colorado. Brent worked for several school districts as a substitute teacher and Parent Involvement Coordinator. Most of his work experience in Denver was as a Parent Involvement Specialist with Sewell Child Development Center. In 1998, Brent's second son Jamar was born.
Brent’s love for his hometown and Midwestern roots brought him back to East Moline, Illinois in 1999, where he continued working with youth in an educational setting. He worked as a Teacher’s aide and Prevention Specialist with the East Moline School District. During the summer months he organized and directed both the Youth Opportunity and Understanding (Y.O.U.) Summer Enrichment Program and the Quad City Basketball AAU Summer Team.
In 2003, He was named the Head Coach for the Riverdale High School Boy’s Basketball Team in Port Byron, Illinois. In three years he was able to establish Riverdale High School Varsity Basketball team as a leader in the conference standings. His teams won back-to-back 20 win seasons, winning the conference in 2007 and being named Conference Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Brent returned to the University of Northern Iowa to complete his degree requirements. He was the originator co-founder of Champions of Autism and ADHD in Des Moines Iowa a non profit program for individuals and families. (www.autismchamps.org)
As Project Director of Champions of Autism and ADHD he organized two successful Conferences on Autism in Des Moines. As the associate editor he was responsible for the development of the Iowa Spectrum Magazine, a statewide newspaper for the Autism community.
In 2010, He moved to Lewisville Texas to start 4-U Academy.
1979 Hall of Fame Basketball Team
Selected to the Quad City Times Newspaper All Century Team -2000
United Township Hall of Fame Inductee (Individual -2000) (Team - 2011)
Professional play in USA (CBA) and Overseas – 1986 – 1990
Selected to play game against Olympic Women’s Team – 1984
Jersey Retired by the Rockford Lightning Professional Team - 1994
All Conference at the University of Northern Iowa – 1981-83
Team leader in steals, assists, rebounds and minutes played at the University of Northern Iowa - 1983
Illinois High School State Tournament Record 11 Steals One Game – 1979
United Township High School Record 14 Assist One Game – 1979
United Township High School MVP - 4th Place State Finish- 1979
- YMCA - Capital City College Summer League Coach - Des Moines, Iowa - 2010
- Conference Coach of the Year - Riverdale High School – 2007
- Back to Back Regional Finals Appearances-Riverdale High School 2005-2007
- Back to Back 20 WIN Seasons - Riverdale High School- 2005-2007
- Alwood Thanksgiving Tournament Champions - 2006
- AAU – National Champions 8th grade division – Quad City Basketball Academy-2003
- AAU - National Champions High School division-Quad City Basketball Academy-2005