Tyson Waterman founded Believe Sports Academy in 2010 in Rock Hill, SC and is currently the Director.
Coach Waterman has had a lifetime goal of helping children of all ages and abilities learn the proper fundamentals of basketball while emphasizing the importance of education. Believe Sports Academy has provided a comprehensive basketball program to hundreds of student athletes to assist in the overall development of each student’s self-confidence, academic commitment, skill development and assisting them in achieving a greater appreciation and learning of the game.
Coach Waterman is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While at Winthrop he made significant contributions to the men’s basketball program including leading the team to back-to-back Big South Conference titles and the school’s first two appearances in the NCAA championship tournament. He was also the first player in the history of Winthrop’s men’s basketball NCAA Division I to have his jersey number retired (2001) and was inducted into the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame (2007).
Waterman played professional basketball in the European Basketball Association for several years. He was selected to the 2001 All-Star team and led the Netherlands team to their first Final Four appearance. Waterman is the former Head Men’s Basketball Coach of the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) Charlotte Crossovers. Waterman served as a NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) during the 2013-14 season. Waterman was involved in all parts of the SLU basketball program. As an active recruiting coach, Waterman recruited 7 players for the 2014-15 recruiting class. Waterman also assisted the team in getting to the Southland Conference Post-Season Tournament.
As a successful basketball player on the international, college and high school levels, he has a passion for and a great understanding of the game. He is committed to offering the best program possible so that each participant will be able to enhance their overall basketball skills.
Randy Casey is in his 29th year of coaching basketball at either the High School, Collegiate, or Post Graduate levels. A native of Matewan WV, Casey spent a Post Graduate year at Fork Union Military Academy before enjoying a very productive Collegiate career at Emory and Henry College before graduating from Morehead State University.
Coach Casey began his coaching career at Belfry High School in Belfry, KY where as an Assistant he coached several All State and All American players that went into play on every level of college basketball. Upon taking over as Head Coach he enjoyed a highly successful run in which his team’s set school records for best win- loss record in school history (28-6) and most points scored by a team in a single game (117). Casey developed many players that went on to play at the collegiate level. He was Named Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches as well as the 15th Region Coach of the Year by several publications as well as TV and Radio Stations.
Coach Casey then moved on to the University of Pikeville where as an assistant he was part of a staff that developed many NAIA D1 All-Americans and Mid-South Conference first team selections as well as the National Player of the Year in 2015. Those UPIKE teams were ranked #1 in the nation and averaged 28 wins per season as well advancing to the ELITE 8 in the National Tournament in Kansas City. Casey spent the last year as the Head Coach at TNG Prep where his team won 28 games and sent several players on to play at the collegiate level. Coach Casey has one daughter, Danishai and one granddaughter, Jordyn.
Kevin Jackson is considered a legendary coach from New York City with over 25 years of experience. He has coached such great players as Kenny Anderson, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest known as “World Peace”, Rafer Alston, God ShammGod, Kimani Young and Taliek Brown, just to name a few.
Each of these players went on to play in the NBA. They began their career with Coach Jackson’s AAU Team “Aim-High”, which was sponsored by Kenny Smith (currently a sports analyst for TNT).
Coach Jackson assisted both Globe Institute of Technology and TCI College (New York) to get to the Junior College National Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Coach Jackson is in his fifth season with Believe Sports Academy and strives to help and support the youth to believe in themselves.
Amber Tillman comes to Believe Sports Academy Athens with 15 years experience as an athletic trainer, nutritionist, and strength & conditioning coach. Amber currently is the owner of Athletes In Motion Fitness (AIM Fit), a local training facility located in Athens, Tennessee, specializing in sport specific athletic training. In her four years as a gym owner, she has trained numerous high school, college, and professional athletes.
Tillman is the head strength coach for the Meigs county high school women’s basketball team as well as Tennessee Wesleyan University’s track and field, men’s basketball, and lacrosse programs. Tillman also works with numerous high school and college athletes from surrounding counties.
Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Tillman is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES). Tillman also holds a Speed and Conditioning specialist certification from Parisi Speed School and Training for Warriors (TFW) Level 1 &2. In all, Tillman holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, interval training, speed & agility, strength & conditioning, group training, weight training, and core training. Her programs are sport specific with an emphasis on building a stronger, better-conditioned athlete.
Jarrin Taul is in his first year with Believe Sports Academy. Taul is a native of Ripley, Ohio where he was a three-year Varsity player and was top 10 in the Cincinnati area in assist his senior year. He is a former four-year player at Wilmington College in Ohio which he attended from 2011-2015 and graduated with a Sports Management Degree and Coaching minor.
After graduating, Jarrin was a Graduate Manager for the Ohio University Men’s Basketball team and received his Masters in Coaching Education. Taul coaches AAU with The Ohio Elite Basketball Academy in the summer and has worked numerous camps across the Midwest.