Billiards Instructors of the National Billiard Academy

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Meet the National Billiard Academy Team

Tom Simpson
Tom SimpsonFounder
Tom Simpson’s billiard instructor background:

• PBIA Master Instructor (9 worldwide) and Member of the Instructor Committee
• ACS Level 4 Instructor/Coach (top level – internationally recognized)
• Founder: National Billiard Academy (Accredited PBIA Master Academy – since 2004)
• Secret Aiming Systems™ Coach
• Professor: Billiard University
• Certified PAT™ Examiner (the Playing Ability Test)
• Founder: Elephant Balls, Ltd.
• Inventor: Elephant Practice Balls® and Beautiful Balls® (used on ESPN)
• Inventor: The Stroke Groover®
• Developer: Ghostball Aim Trainer®
• Instructional Columnist: Inside Pool, Professor Q-Ball, Inside English, Stroke Magazine, Sneaky Pete Mafia, Cue Times
• Technical Editor: Inside Pool Magazine
• Chairman: ACS Instructor Committee
• First Billiards Instructor selected to teach on Royal Caribbean Cruiselines

Tom has been a player most of his life, and has been an active instructor since 1994.

TOM’S POOL STORY

In 1994, Tom founded Elephant Balls, Ltd., the manufacturer & marketer of Elephant Practice Balls, the Ghostball Aim Trainer, and numerous other products. Elephant Balls is now a well-established brand, but is no longer owned by Tom.

HOW ELEPHANT BALLS GOT ITS START

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Our Instructors

Bill Cleary
Bill Cleary
• Lifetime player
• Instructor since 2007
• Assisted teaching Intensives 25+ times
• Trained under three Master Instructors
Kevin Pickering
Kevin Pickering
• Lifetime player
• League Operator
• Instructor since 2009
• Assists teaching Intensives in Ohio
• Trained under three Master Instructors
James Hester
James Hester
• Founder – Georgia Billiard Academy
• Lifetime player
• National Senior Referee of the Year
• Instructor since 2007
• League Operator
Larry Runyan
• Instructor since 2011
• Engineer
• Assists teaching Intensives in Ohio
Eddie Isreal
Eddie Isreal
• Lifetime Player
• High level player
• Assists in the South
Mark McKelley
Mark McKelley
• Lifetime player
• Wheelchair player
• Assisted teaching the Intensive for 7 years
• Certified Instructor since 2002
• 5 years as our Senior Instructor
• Fun guy
Pat Logan
Pat Logan
• Lifetime player
• 2004 Mens Singles Champion, Super Billiards Expo
• Six time MVP in National Amateur Tournaments
• Instructor since 2007
• Assists teaching Intensives
• Retired school principal