At Collegiate Prep, we understand that our product is adding value to each player that trains under our tutelage. Therefore, as the interest in our programming has grown, we are committed to practicing “responsible growth”. Simply stated, we will only grow with the proven success of the staff that joins our family.
From the beginning, Coach Tucker has been committed to only inviting quality individuals who are proven teachers of the game possessing excellent communication skills coupled with a youthful enthusiasm. Our staff is comprised of former college coaches and players, as well as highly successful youth coaches that have a proven record of success. Yes, it is nice to have a solid resume of experience, but at the end of the day the parents of our students are more concerned about the job we are doing with their child and less impressed with what our staff accomplished in the past.
Finally, with the addition of our relationships built with local recreation departments and church programs it has provided an opportunity to have our gifted college and high school students to actually become teachers. There is something very powerful for a current youth player to have such close access and gain the insight of a person they hope to become.
As an added protection to our families we have all our staff members perform criminal background checks and get drug tested. This is just another way to prove that we are more committed to operating in a highly professional manner than the competition.
PRESIDENT AND HEAD COACH
Collegiate Prep Basketball Academy was founded in 2005 and is owned and operated by Coach Bert Tucker. Coach Tucker began his college coaching career as an assistant at St. Joseph’s College, ME and quickly earned a reputation as an enthusiastic communicator and teacher of the game. In two years, his team played in two conference championship games and earned a berth in the 1996 National Tournament. While at St. Joe’s, Coach Tucker was hired by Rick Barnes at both Clemson University and the University of Texas to develop the skills of future NBA stars such as Chris Mihm (Los Angeles Lakers), Greg Buckner (Philadelphia 76’ers) and Harold Jamison (Miami Heat).
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION COORDINATOR AND SITE DIRECTOR
Coach Wells was an over achieving, self- made player who earned a scholarship at Central Washington. Coach Wells worked with a national basketball camp company before coming to Collegiate Prep. Over the last 4 years Coach Wells has done a tremendous job and built a great level of trust from both players and their parents. She has continually taken on a greater role within the company. Currently Coach Wells directs some of our locations for our STL, FTL and summer camps including the City of Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. Since 2010, Coach Wells has coordinated, and is the primary trainer for our Individualized Instruction program. She has continually raised the level of her students and inspired them to achieve their goals. She has a unique talent to be demanding with the HS level talented player and the patience and compassion to develop the middle school and elementary level player.
Coach Walsh possesses a wealth of basketball knowledge and has played and coached at the highest levels of not only amateur, but professional basketball. Coach Walsh hails from NY City and played collegiately at Providence College of the Big East Conference. He played professionally overseas as well as toured for 5 years with the Harlem Globetrotters. Later in his career he coached Division I for 17 years at various schools including Northeastern University, Lamar and Monmouth. Coach Walsh compliments his knowledge of the game with an unmatched amount of patience.
Coach Whitmer was formerly the 8th grade coach at Otwell Middle School in Cumming, GA. In 2007, he led his team to a surprising County Championship with hard nosed team defense and an extremely unselfish passing game style offense. He followed that up with a second County Championship with an entirely new crop of players in 2008.
Coach Whitmer possesses a fiery personality, but balances that with a degree in special education. He is knowledgeable, dedicated and a great motivator. The players who work with and play for him are improved rather quickly due to his infectious work ethic and enthusiasm.
Coach Martin is currently the varsity boys assistant at West Hall HS and formerly 5-A Duluth High School. He worked alongside Head Coach Jonathan Hemingway who worked with Collegiate Prep back in 2006. Coach Martin is a student of the game with an inquisitive nature regarding strategy as well as player tendencies. He possesses a tremendous internal drive to be successful and inspires the players under his tutelage to do the same. During most sessions on the court it is a challenge for the players to “out sweat” Coach Martin. He is also a seasoned summer camp coach at UGA, Lipscomb, GA Tech.
Coach Thomas has quickly earned a very good reputation at CPBA and expanded his responsibilities. Coach Thomas played for the varsity at Milton HS for 3 years under 3 different head coaches. Derek was a relentless defender, with outstanding quickness and an uncanny ability to distribute the ball. He ended his playing career as a captain of his team with several runs deep into the state tournament.
At CPBA, Coach Thomas has developed a reputation of being highly motivating with a solid youthful attitude. He has done an excellent job of mentoring many of the current high school players in the program from his ability to relate as a former CPBA player himself.
Coach Sosebee played at CPBA for 4 years while attending Creekview HS. Coach Sosebee earned a full music scholarship at Reinhardt College as the most accomplished trombone player in the state of GA. He actually earned an entire year of college academic credit during his senior year at Creekview. He is extremely patient and detailed oriented which allows for many of our younger players to retain new concepts and techniques.
Coach Cundiff is currently the Varsity Girls and JV Boys head coach at The King’s Academy in Woodstock. In his first year as Varsity Girls coach in 2016, he guided them to the GICAA State Championship game. As the head JV Boys coach, they went to the East Coast Homeschool Basketball Championship in Lynchburg in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2012 they were Runner-up First Flight, 2013 Champions of Second Flight and in 2014 they were Champions of First Flight.
Also, as a highlight to Coach Cundiff’s 2013 season, he won his 100th game as the JV Boys coach.
Brad has been with CPBA since 2010 and continues to be one of our top coaches each year.
His favorite quote from Dick Devenzio “Your best competition is you yesterday” is something that he lives by and inspires his players to live by as well.
Coach Lance is originally from Lexington Kentucky. After high school he went on to play at North Carolina Central University Division II perennial power. In 1988 the team made a final four appearance and in 1989 became national champions.
Mark played semi pro basketball in Kentucky for 1 year. After his playing career he started officiating high school and college football and basketball. As a ref he has worked 8 NCAA tournaments and 2 final fours. When he isn’t officiating he has worked for Hoop Scoop recruiting service and magazine in evaluating high school and college players for colleges and professional teams.
He has brought his love of basketball and helping kids reach their goal at CPBA since 2014 .
Coach Fitz played 3 years Varsity Basketball at Northview High School, helping establish the program from the school’s first year of existence. Fitz was a versatile player who concentrated on individual improvement and team success, which he carries over into his coaching style. He graduated from University of Georgia with a degree in Sports Management, while also working as a Manager for the UGA Basketball Team. At CPBA, Coach Fitz has established a reputation of relating well with players, encouraging them to play outside of their comfort zones, enhancing their individual skills with the emphasis on playing the game unselfishly. With the experience of coaching and playing for CPBA and Coach Tucker since 2013, Coach Fitz provides patience with players, a passion for the game and a drive to help players reach their goals.
Coach Walden a native of Fort Collins, Colorado attended Boise State University where he was an accomplished track and field athlete. In 2007 he won the conference championship as a high jumper. After his graduation from Boise State he became a 4th grade teacher in the Bartow County School district where he teaches 4th grade Science and Social Studies.
His athletic ability is not limited to being a high jumper. He is also a stand out basketball player. He has such a great passion for the game that after graduating college he found a teaching position and immediately got into coaching high school basketball. He started with Ames High School as an assistant with the girls program where they were runner ups at state during the 2008-9 season. They made another trip to state during the 2009-10 season. In 2010 he joined the Cass High School boys varsity program as an assistant coach where they made a trip to the state tournament. David is now the assistant coach with the girls varsity program at Cass High School in Cartersville, GA.
When David is not coaching or teaching you can find him on the volleyball or tennis courts building on his athletic prowess.
We are glad to have David Walden be a part of the Collegiate Prep family and we are excite about all the knowledge and enthusiasm that he brings to the players in our program.
Coach Ranson is a native of New Orleans. He attended high school at South Gwinnett High School where he was a standout athlete. He played basketball all 4 years while there and played on the varsity team for 3 of those years. After graduating he went on to play at The Citadel where he played for two years. As of spring 2017, he is a student at Georgia State University.
When Adrian is not coaching he can be found on the court in a different role. He is currently moving up the ranks as an official.
We are glad to have Coach Ranson as part of our staff. He brings youth, knowledge and enthusiasm to our program.
Coach Hendley played high school basketball at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Georgia. During his time at Glynn Academy, Coach Hendley was fortunate to play against many of the top teams in the country, and alongside Kwame Brown, who was drafted out of high school as the number one pick in the 2001 NBA draft. During the 2000-2001 season, Glynn Academy was ranked as one of the top 25 teams in the country and made it to the Final Four in the GHSA state tournament.
After high school, Coach Hendley attended LaGrange College, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Coach Hendley began coaching high school basketball while in college, and continued until getting into the college ranks as an assistant at his alma mater. During his time at LaGrange, the Panthers ranked in the top 5 in the country in scoring all three years, including leading the nation in scoring in 2010. While coaching at LaGrange, Coach Hendley continued his education by completing his Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Sports Management and Leadership from Northcentral University. From LaGrange, Coach Hendley went on to serve as an assistant at the University of North Georgia, where he aided in the development of an NCAA All-American, two all conference players, and helped lead the team to the Peach Belt Conference Championship game.
During the 2013-2014 season, Coach Hendley had the privilege to serve under Coach Gene Durden at Buford High School, where he assisted the Lady Wolves to the 2014 GHSA AAA state championship game. Coach Hendley is currently serving as a Health and PE teacher and the 8th grade girls basketball coach at Piney Grove Middle School.
Coach Mason started training with Collegiate Prep in 2006 and went through the program until 2008. She has known Coach Tucker for well over 10 years, reuniting in West Palm Beach, Florida where he saw her play at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He asked Coach Mason to come work for his program in the summer of 2014.
Coach Mason had a stand out career at South Forsyth High School in 2012 where she lettered in basketball and lacrosse for 3 years. She scored over 1,000 points in her career and set a new 3-point record which has since been broken. During her junior and senior year, she received All-County and All-Region honors. As a standout player in high school, she received a scholarship to play at Palm Beach Atlantic University where in two years she made the all-time scoring list. After those two years, she transferred to another Division II school, Emmanuel College, where she played for two years. On top of being a standout athlete, she is majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Psychology, and was at the top of her class in her field of study.
Coach Brooks started in the Collegiate Prep program in the spring of 2010 and has been Coaching with CPBA since 2011. He played for West Forsyth High School for 3 years on the varsity team. Coach Brooks has worked with boys and girls from every age group of our program and is a very enthusiastic, motivational, and fiery coach who pushes his players to the limit to make sure they reach their full potential. Coach Brooks also establishes great relationships with his players and always has them eager to come back and see him. After college he plans to continue coaching at either the high school or college level.