These PBIA Master Instructors have dedicated their professional careers to developing, growing and promoting the cue sports. For more information on how requirements and credentials to become a PBIA Instructor, please visit the ‘Become an Instructor’ section of the website.

briesathJerry Briesath

Location: Being a happy snowbird I have two locations. I spend the summer months in the Madison, Wisconsin area and when it gets cold I head for Phoenix, Arizona. I run my Pool School at both locations.

Most notable student: Over the years I’ve had some pretty good luck teaching the game and coaching players such as six or seven ACUI champions, several state junior champions, numerous national junior champions, many state and Midwest champions and a number world-class pro players including; Mark Wilson, Danny Harriman, Jeff Carter, Jeanette Lee “the Black Widow” and others.

What do you like about instructing: After about three years of playing the game I had the opportunity to start teaching the game at the local YMCA in Milwaukee. It was a very scary start because everything was trial and error but as the students started liking it, I did too. Soon after, I started teaching at many billiard rooms in the Milwaukee area and as I learned more about teaching the game it became more fun for me. And now after many decades of teaching, no matter what the problem a player has with his or her game, I know I can fix it and send that player home as a happy and improved player.

Contact: jerry@thepoolschool.com

francrimi-150x150Fran Crimi

Location: New York City, NY

Accomplishments:

  • First PBIA Female Master Instructor
  • Former North American Representative in the World-Pool Billiard Association
  • Former WPBA President
  • Former WPBA Touring Pro
  • Technical Advisor for Television and Film
  • Working with players on their games for over 20 years.
  • Most notable student or students: Al Pacino, Uma Thurman, Oliver Platt, Patrick Dempsey, Ron Silver, Epatha Merkerson, and several other stars of film and television. Plus Hundreds of pool players from beginning through advanced levels.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: All pocket billiard games.

Favorite Pool Hall: Amsterdam Billiards, New York City, New York

What do you like about instructing: I love the fact that I can relate to every stage of development the player I’m working with is in, because I have been there and gone through it myself. I also love the fact that I am giving players the right information to help them improve.

Who taught you how to play: Mostly myself. But my father helped me to hold a cue for the first time. After that, I’ve had many wonderful players and teachers who encouraged and helped me with my game as I went along.

How and when did you fall in love with the game? Probably when I was about 10 and playing with my toy pool table with golf ball sized balls.

Contact: francrimi@yahoo.com

mark-finkelsteinMark Finkelstein

Location: New York, New York

Accomplishments:

  • FILM: “The Thing About My Folks” (2005), Bar Scene/pool shots/technical consultant, PictureHouse.
  • TELEVISION:  CW 11Pool Segments w/Julie Chang (2005), Lessons and tournament coverage, Channel 11/NY.
    “Boardwalk Empire” (2010), Lessons and technical consultant, HBO with Martin Scorsese.
    “What Not to Wear” (2010), Technical consultant, trick shots and extra, TLC with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.
    “I Just Want My Pants Back” (2011), Lesson and Technical Consultant, MTV.
  • COMMERCIALS: Van Heusen Shirts, 2007 Super Bowl, trick shot, 3rdEye Productions.
  • MEDIA:  Featured in “Sweet, an 8 ball Odessey”, (2007), Heather Byer, Riverhead Press.
    Featured in April 2006 Article of “More Magazine”.
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Numerous charity events including an appearance at the Jason Tuck Charity Event in 2010 and 2011.  Performed at the Collective Fashion Show, Javits Center, on an Ice Pool Table (2006).  Pool Instructor for Stiletto Spy School, NYC, 2010 and 2011.  Developed Pool Program at the Gateway Counseling Center for mentally challenged consumers (2010).  Conducts Pool Seminars on military bases, boys clubs and private men’s clubs (ongoing).

Most notable student: Jennifer Barretta, Peter Falk, Paul Reiser

Favorite Billiard Discipline: Straight Pool

Favorite Pool Hall: Slate Plus in Manhattan, New York

What do you like about instructing: The satisfaction in seeing a student understand the concepts and grow as a player.

Who taught you how to play: Tony Lewis, Bud Harris, George Mikula, Abe Rosen, Jay Swanson, and Johnny Ervolino.

How and when did you fall in love with the game? I was 4 or 5 and my father took me to a poolroom in Rockaway Beach, NY.

Contact: nycpool@gmail.com

randy-goettlicherRandy Goettlicher

Location: Dallas, Texas.

Accomplishments: Original PBIA Master Instructor. Former Chairperson for the PBIA Instructor Committee.

I am one of the original four PBIA Master Instructors honored by the Billiard Congress of America. These four founding fathers (Jerry Briesath, Richard Roher, Leslie Rodgers) became the building blocks for the current PBIA.

In 1983 I started the Southwest Eightball League (SWEL) and at the time, it was one of the largest BCA Sanctioned leagues in the world.  I was also a VNEA League Operator for many years and was the first APA League Operator in Texas.

I served a three year term on the BCA Board of Directors and was the chairperson of the League & Program Committee.  During my tenure with the BCA board of Directors the BCA Leagues system grew 125% in membership.

I held a position with the BCA Rules Committee over a span of 30 years and served with many of our game’s pioneers, Willie Mosconi, Jimmy Caras, Jerry Briesath, Belinda Beardon to name a few.

In addition to teaching at Cue-Tech and running a great league system in the South West, I was one of the three founders of the Texas Express Promotions Group.   Along with John McChesney and Robin Adair the Texas Express Rules were born and the first National 9-Ball Tour was under way.  I traveled the country for 10 years running as many as 25 tournaments per year.

Along with my wife Karen, I developed the Scotch-Doubles team play format that is now popular Worldwide.  My wife and I were both honored as the first Scotch-Doubles Tournament Directors for the inaugural event at the BCA Nationals.

Who taught you how to play: I studied hard under several instructors (still do) starting with Jerry Briesath, and  continue learning something new about the sport everyday.

How and when did you fall in love with the game? In the early 1960’s I played against Willie Mosconi 3 different times in exhibitions. Eventually became a friend of the greatest player of our era. Willie shared with me two outstanding pieces of advise: first, learn to control my emotions, and second, rails are friends, use them.

Contact: goettlicher@verizon.net

rod-gustafsonRod Gustafson

Location: Austin, Texas

Accomplishments: Started playing later in life (early 30’s). Won a bunch of local tourneys and BCA league events all through the 1980’s. I did okay in statewide events. I have taught a 2,000+ great people during the last 27+ years. One of the few people to achieve PBIA Master status on his own ( i.e., without working in a pool school.)

Most notable students: Cristina DeLaGarza, Shayla Neris (Dordek), Heather Pulford, Tammy Lorraine Kroop

Favorite Billiard Discipline: Pocket billiards: 14.1 and 1 pocket. Carom billiards: 3 Cushion.

Favorite Pool Hall: Best Billiards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Contact: rodgustafson50@gmail.com

sjennings-150x150Steve Jennings

Location: Charlotte, NC

Accomplishments: I won several base championships while serving in the military. Frequently played in the Texas Express, Viking, Southeast, and Fury tours. Three years as tournament director with the Fury amateur tour. Qualified and played in the Viking national championship. Since becoming a BCA/PBIA instructor, I have worked with hundreds of students of all skill levels.

Most notable student:  I spent 10 months working with two teenagers, brother and sister, getting them qualified for the 2015 BEF Junior National Championships.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: I enjoy any game on a pool table, but 8-ball and one pocket, because of the strategy involved.

Favorite Pool Hall:  There are many, but I spend most of my time at Rack ‘Em in Matthews, NC

What do you like about instructing: Seeing the pleasure my students get when they are able to apply newly learned skills on the pool table.

Who taught you how to play: Many players over the years, including my father. By far, the one person who helped me elevate my game the most was PBIA Master Instructor Randy Goettlicher. He has also been my mentor and friend as I worked as a professional instructor.

How and when did you fall in love with the game?   My family got a pool table when I was 10 years old. I spent many hours with my father and older brother at that table.  I was hooked!

Contact: shjennings@hotmail.com

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Lance Kepler

Location: Brooklyn, OH

Contact: thegunfighter87@gmail.com

 

 

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Scott Lee

Location: Largo, FL

Accomplishments: Professional instructor since 1977; original instructor in PBIA Instructor Program; taught college-level billiards courses for 8 years…students have won the ACUI National Collegiate Championships three times; published Play Better Pool instructional series, with Randy Goettlicher, 2008.

Most notable student:  I have taught and/or coached hundreds of students, over the years, who have won state, regional and national titles.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: I love, play and teach all forms of billiards, including all pocket games, snooker and 3-cushion.

Favorite Pool Hall:  Fargo Billiards, Fargo ND; Pressure Billiards, Chicago IL; Amsterdam Billiards, NYC; Hard Times, Sacramento CA.

What do you like about instructing: For me, the greatest pleasure in teaching is helping someone to learn how to teach themselves how to reach their potential,  whether they are a beginning player, or an accomplished professional.  I believe an accurate and repeatable stroke is the cornerstone for all improvement.

Who taught you how to play: I have had many teachers over the past 4 decades, including pocket billiards showman Jack White, professional instructor Frank Oliva, PBIA Instructor Program founder Jerry Briesath, famed trick shot artist Willie Jopling, and renowned PBIA Master Instructor Randy Goettlicher.  All have been very influential in my career.

How and when did you fall in love with the game?   When I was a freshman in college, pocket billiards showman Jack White came to my school to do an exhibition.  Seeing what he did caused an immediate interest in what has become a lifelong pursuit…as a hobby, a passion and a profession.  In 1971 I began taking professional lessons from Frank Oliva in Chicago.   I took over Jack White’s college tour in 1995, and have been fortunate to travel full time teaching and doing exhibitions all across the country, ever since.

Contact: poolology@aol.com

davidmacneillDavid MacNeill

Location: Connecticut

Accomplishments: I once owned and operated two PBIA-Accredited Master Academies at the same time before I retired to reach privately: Billiard Academy of New England and Billiard Academy of Florida. I briefly had a non-accredited academy in Western New York, as well with my son, Jonathan MacNeill, who is also a PBIA Instructor.

Most notable students: Without question, my best students were Walter Zincavage and Roy Pastor. They are now both excellent instructors and a credit to the PBIA Instructor program. The program they run in Massachusetts is second to none.

Who taught you how to play: I learned to play pool in 1955 in a private club. I was 14 years old and was mentored by several seasoned players who gave generously of their time and wisdom. My most recent teacher was BCA Hall of Famer, Ray Martin. It was some years back, but I still remember playing at his home in Largo, FL when a call came in from another BCA Hall of Famer Alan Hopkins, who was promoting a tournament in Pennsylvania. It was enlightening to hear those pros working out the details.

Favorite Pool Hall: Shooters in Southington, Connecticut that is owned and operated by my friend, Sal Conti. Sal competes with the likes of Mike Massey and Tom Rossman, among others, as a trick shot professional.

Contact: billiardsatelim@gmail.com

josephmejiaJoseph Mejia

Location: San Francisco, CA

Accomplishments: Professional International Snooker/Billiards Coach.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: Snooker/Billiards (English)

What do you like about instructing: Helping others through coaching.

Contact: mejia@sfbilliards.com

robertmorenoRob Moreno

Location: Okinawa, Japan.

Accomplishments: I was a US Marine from 1988-1998 stationed mostly overseas and finally purchasing a local restaurant billiards bar just outside the MCAS Futenma on Okinawa Japan in 1997 while I had 11 months remaining on my contract. Becoming a Certified Instructor in 1995 and opening my first Okinawa Billiards Academy soon after returning to Okinawa, I found a number of willing and able students at the grass roots level to develop. Later after working on my own game I began to enjoy playing various Pro events in the US and Japan, (examples, US Masters, $1,000,000 Tokyo 9 Ball). I have cashed in Pro events in Japan and won regional events in Japan, however most of my time has been spent running my businesses, I have owned three pool rooms since 1997 and designed Okinawa’s (ONPC) Billiard Tour Business Plan that increased membership and revenue for all room owners on Okinawa. The greatest accomplishments are the phone calls from my students every time they hit another milestone.

Most notable students: Larry Ramey North Carolina is my favorite, I work building the grass roots, youth, Marines overseas and Japanese players.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: 8 Ball, alternate break, ball in hand is the game that the mass population can quickly understand and follow quickly while flipping the channels. Alternate Break allows run outs and conversions of opponents breaks to control the pace and ensure fans get to see both players perform. The excitement of two players running rack after rack builds up pressure and tension like watching a perfect game into the 8th inning of baseball. Pros may not like going back to 8 ball but the mass understand it and it has a market value greater than any other game besides snooker and remains easy to understand. That said I play every game and enjoy them all.

Who taught you how to play: My father showed me the basics, watching all the pros in TrueLove’s pass through was nice, but in North Carolina I met the right people who taught me how to learn the game. I was introduced to CueTech and Randy G. who was kind enough to give up his Thanksgiving weekend along with Leslie Rodgers and Jerry Powers to certify me before I returned to Okinawa with the Marines in 1995. Paul Potier and Shuji Nagata both shared information as we practiced and grew my game to a level that makes me smile! My school is a direct reflection of Randy G. and Leslie Rodgers who I have admired and thanked all the time over the years, SPF is alive and well in Okinawa.

Favorite Pool Hall: Araha Beach Billiards-Okinawa, Japan, and TrueLoves in the late 80’s-Oklahoma

What do you like about instructing: The eyes when a player hits something new and the information clicks. Bringing World Class information to people who year after year fail to improve by playing the games and instantly jump after learning how to practice better habits. My favorite was a student who came over 60 years old who played all his life and spent much of his time playing in the Philippines and came to the school still a C class player having never run a rack. His first local tournament he earned second place due to a missed 8 ball and a close break and run. He continues to improve daily and wonders what he would have become had this instruction been available to him when he was 19, he tells the Marines this every week as he beats them now.

How and when did you fall in love with the game? My father had a pool table in our house since I was born. My house was the bus stop for school so we played every day waiting for the bus during the winter months. I loved video games and found I could beat the local guys for $1 a game to stretch my $10 in quarters and double my video game time. I loved reading the patterns and finding the best way out, believing that there is only one right/best way to run out. The game teaches you so much about yourself and you can read how people are doing in life by watching the game. What is not to love about this game?

Contact: okinawarob@yahoo.com and https://www.facebook.com/okinawarob

carloswald-114x150Carl E. Oswald

Location: Dallas, Texas

Accomplishments: My Master Instructor certification, won or placed well in many individual and team events in pool, attending West Point, getting my BSN and RN at the age of 39, assisted in training and curriculum for a multiple high-school billiards program, trained under several other billiard instructors and programs, published trainings in magazines, and have acted as a technical advisor/editor for several publications and products.

Most notable student: I have been focused primarily on league players in the North Texas region, some tournament players, and several recreational players and families.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: The one I’m playing at that moment!

Favorite Pool Hall: The one I’m playing in at that moment!

What do you like about instructing: Seeing students improve and knowing that they will have that to enjoy for the rest of their life. I also enjoy studying not only the games and skills, but also other people’s published products and teachings; I like seeing the differences and similarities between theory and reality!

Who taught you how to play: Initially, my stepbrother Chris. Since then I have had tons of training with many different people.

How and when did you fall in love with the game? Again, my stepbrother Chris showed me the light when I was about 9 years old. He took my brother and me to a local poolroom to give my dad and his mom some time alone, and the joys of 8-Ball were revealed to me!

Contact: coswald777@gmail.com

mpowellMark Powell

Location:  New Market, MD

Accomplishments: Since February 2011, assist Master Instructor Tom Simpson with teaching several of his Three-Day Intensive and Two-Day Advanced classes.  Since 2004, cue sales and repairs at Charlie’s (Charlie Fleming) Pro Shop, Baltimore MD.  Over the last fifteen years, conducted private, two-hour lesson blocks to hundreds of students of all ages and abilities throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
Organized and directed tournaments in various locales, including for corporate events.  In May 2008, organized and led a one-day group workshop for twenty classmates at the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA

Most notable student:  All of my students have been memorable in one way or another. I really can’t single out one or a few without mentioning all of them. However, one story I like to tell is when I was hired to teach a married couple in their mid-eighties. He was disinterested, as having grown-up in pool’s heyday and didn’t need a “lesson” from an “instructor.” She was small, athletic and had never picked up a cue before. She had silver hair, sparkling blue eyes, and listened enthusiastically to every word. By the end of the second lesson, she had developed a soft and smooth stroke, had the stun shot down, could draw and follow reasonably well, and was running balls down the rail as well as anyone. My phone was ringing when I got back home that day. “Hello?” It was the husband. He said only three words before slamming the phone down: “No More Lessons!” She was probably cleaning his clock. Funny.

What do you like about instructing: Seeing a beginner change before my eyes — watching it happen. The looks of wonder and smiles of accomplishment when they’ve executed a particular shot or a new technique. Witnessing their first “I can really do this!” moment. Priceless.

Favorite Billiard Discipline: I regularly play more nine-ball and ten-ball, but straight pool is my favorite.

Favorite Pool Hall: Q-Master Billiards in Virginia Beach, VA.

Who taught you how to play:  My dad taught me the basics. Years later, in 1972, I was managing a pool room in San Bernardino and learned an enormous amount from two of my closest friends today: John Holsonbake, the room owner, and Louie Beebe, who could (and still can) beat anybody. Our mutual pool room father-figure back then was 75-year old Floyd Hurley, the only person I ever knew who ran a golf table twice on a 6×12 snooker table with a pool ball. Floyd could flat out play and was our standard against which all other players were measured.

How and when did you fall in love with the game?  I had played casually until my late teens or early twenties, but was never really taken by the game until seeing Willie Mosconi run 100 balls in exhibition. I was transfixed by the sublime, intoxicating mixture of physics and finesse.

Contact: marker907@gmail.com

bobradfordBob Radford

Location: Rockford, Illinois

Contact: bob@cue-u.com

 

 

 

lindaLinda Radford

Location: Rockford, Illinois

Contact: linda@cue-u.com

 

 

 

leslierogersLeslie Rogers

Location: Richardson, TX and Tokyo, Japan.

Accomplishments:  Creator of SPF (Set-Pause-Finish) methods for teaching a billiard stroke.

Outlined Skill Specific Drills designed to target a particular billiard technique more directly.  The drills incorporate “feedback” so your results tell you exactly what you did  (right or wrong).

Established nationally recognized instructional format incorporating principles of Physics, Physiology, and Psychology with Progressive Learning.

Co-founder of Cue-Tech College of Cueing Arts & Sciences (one of the first Master level Academies with a fully equipped and dedicated instructional facility).

I am one of the five original PBIA Master Certified Instructors in the nation.

Authored numerous articles for billiard publications (Texas Billiard News, American Cueist, Billiard Digest).

Featured in a number of ESPN “Tip of the Day” segments.

Many of the methods and terminologies I instituted later became commonly used in billiard instruction across the nation.

Most notable students: Leslie Anne Rogers (Winner of the Hunter Classic Ladies Amateur Tour five consecutive years, Texas State Open champion, Houston Open champ, and others.)  Plus, a number of professional men and women players who shall remain nameless (you know who you are).

Favorite Billiard Discipline: Discipline? There’s discipline involved?

If I had to pick just one, I’d say 14.1. But, if I can fudge a little, I’ll say I like them all. Ask me again tomorrow, and I’ll probably say 3-cushion.  Each one emphasizes a different part of billiards, and by experiencing them all a player can get a better overall feel and become well rounded much more quickly.

Favorite Pool Hall:  In Texas it’s Rusty’s in Arlington; in Tokyo it’s Kobby’s Billiard Academy in Nogata.

What do you like about instructing:  Explaining then demonstrating – and watching someone’s face light up as they start to understand.

Learning – there’s always a new approach to teaching.

Research – Dissecting the game to find how it all fits together and discovering what works and what doesn’t. I then use this information to create methods and workshops for teaching them.  Coming up with new and different ways to look at the game and instruction.

Who taught you how to play:  At the beginning, primarily myself, with Metformin drug.  Then, when I had enough information to ask questions, I went to a lot of other instructors – each with their own style.  None of the approaches really looking for Metformin 500mg (no discernible structure), so I created a learning format for myself. This later became the core curriculum for Cue-Tech.

How and when did you fall in love with the game?  I’m too old … I can’t think back that far.

Contact: doctor@poolschool.com

stanshuffit_cropped-150x150Stan Shuffett

Location: Greensburg, Kentucky

Accomplishments:

Well-rounded player:
Top 10 finish BCA National 8-ball.
Top 10 finish U.S. Open One-Pocket.
Winner on the South East Open Tour—9-Ball.
2011 (age 61) top 25 U.S. Open 9-ball.
Winner at the Great Southern Billiard Tour—Bank.
Multiple 100-ball+ runs—14.1.
Original member of the BCA Instructors program in 1992 (Now PBIA).
Taught billiards at Campbellsville University (15 years).
First to objectively define real Center-to-Edge Aiming and its connection to 2 X 1 table geometry (CTE PRO ONE).
Published 2 DVD Billiard Videos Basic CTE and PRO ONE Aiming and The Final Chapter—Aiming in a New Dimension.
Co-author “Kentucky Banks Manual” with Hall-of-Famer Truman Hogue.
PBIA Master Instructor.

Most notable students: Landon Shuffett—5-time USA Junior National Champion!
Stevie Moore
Phil Burford
YuRam Cha
Gerda Hofstatter
Brandon Shuff
Matt Krah
Brian Parks
Louis Ulrich
Janet Atwell
Gerry Williams
Duke LaHa

What do you like about instructing: I specialize in one-on-one training and coaching: every student that comes through my door brings a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses to the table.  I enjoy imparting a professional approach to each student of how to REALLY play the game visually and physically.  There is nothing quite like leading students to discover a new dimension of connecting with the game.

Contact:  stanshuffett@justcueit.com — http://www.justcueit.com

dennisstewart-150x150Dennis Stewart

Location: Ohio

Playing Accomplishments: 50 Years playing experience – Tournament Experience 26 years Local and nationally as a player, Tournament Promoter, Director and Referee! Games played 1Pocket, Straight Pool,10 Ball, Eight Ball and Nine Ball.

Teaching Accomplishments: 33 years teaching Individuals and groups. Graduate of The Pool School in Madison, Wis. and under the tutelage of Master PBIA Instructor Jerry Brieseth.

Also a graduate from the College of Cueing Arts, Cue Sport Billiard Academy, under the guidance of Master BCA Instructor Fred Fechter.  Currently on the International Staff of Cue Sport Billiard Academy and College in Peoria, Ill.  Currently now teaching at Miss Cue Billiards in Toledo,Oh.

Contact: ohiopoolschool@yahoo.com

waltzWalt Zincavage

Location: New England, Ashford, Connecticut

Accomplishments: Walt has been active in the PBIA Instructors Program since 2000. In addition to teaching at the American Academy of Billiard and Cue Sports, he has taught a pocket billiards course at the University of Connecticut, organized several tournaments and delivered workshops to league players and other groups in the New England area. Walt has been recognized as an effective teacher at the college and university levels.

Walt is also active in the PBIA at the national level serving on the Instructors Program Committee and as a Billiard Congress of America Pool League certified referee.

As an outgrowth of his teaching, Walt advises on equipment selection and billiard room design. Walt is a cue maker and a member of the International Cue Makers Association

Who taught you how to play: In high school I often give up my lunch money to the guys at the local room – they showed me a shot and told me to come back when I figured out how to do it.  Then they would show me another shot. At the time I did not realize that they did not know how they were doing it either…. Years later I met instructors David MacNeill and Randy Goettlicher – not only did they know how to make things happen on the table, they were also able and willing to share this knowledge with me!

Contact: walt.z@live.com