Billiards Instructors of the National Billiard Academy

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Meet the National Billiard Academy Team

TOM SIMPSON (1951 - 2016)
TOM SIMPSON (1951 - 2016)Founder
Tom Simpson was renowned in the billiard world. His multiple achievements, accreditations, and contributions provided a strong foundation for the Nat’l Billiard Academy. Tom was a:
~ PBIA Master Instructor* and Member of the Instructor Committee (*there are less than 20 Master Instructors worldwide)
~ ACS Level 4 Instructor/Coach (top level – internationally recognized)
~ Secret Aiming Systems™ Coach (THE designated successor to Hal Houle, inventor of many of the Aiming Systems)
~ 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 Cruise lines


In addition to having been Tom’s wife and billiard partner for many years, Candace also has a solid foundation in pool. Having been a longtime player, she continues perfecting her game, is an instructor, and a billiard ambassador. She collaborated with Tom in the 3-Day Intensives and continues to have an active part in the clinics. Overseeing the Academy, she works with the teaching faculty. “Tom developed an incredible 3 Day Clinic. Pool is a fantastic sport, and pool players deserve the same opportunities to advance as other athletes.”

JAMES HESTERPBIA Certified Instructor
NBA Lead Instructor
EDDIE ISREALPBIA Certified Instructor
NBA Co-lead Instructor
Nick NordinInstructor
Pat Logan, Associate Instructor
Bill Cleary, Associate Instructor
Mark McKelley, Associate Instructor
Kevin Pickering, Associate Instructor