Sunday, March 07, 2021

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

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 communications 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. 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. 

Bert Tucker

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 ant the University of Texas to develop the skills of future NBA stars such as Chris Mihm (Los Angeles Lakers), Greg Buckner (Philadelphia 76ers) and Harold Jamison (Miami Heat).

Michael Strahl

Director of Operations

Dennis Walsh


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 New York City and played collegiately at Providence College of the Big Eastern 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 North Eastern University, Lamar and Monmouth. Coach Walsh compliments his knowledge of the game with an unmatched amount of patience. 

Brian Whitmer


Coach Whitmer is 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.

Brad Cundiff


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 for the last 5.5 years 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.

Mark Lance


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 to CPBA for the past 3 years.

Cabot Howell


Coach Howell’s experiences and many years of training in multiple sports has proven that the path to success is achieved through hard work, determination, and personal sacrifice. He has coached several teams and developed many players in multiple sports for over three decades in basketball, soccer, football, karate, rugby, baseball, track and field as well as other competitive sports. Since reaching his first blackbelt in Tang Soo Do in 1992 he became a senior Instructor for Monti Martial Arts for 5 years specializing in training youth to qualify for advanced blackbelt testing.

Cabot is the assistant Varsity and JV boys basketball coach at Haralson County HS, coached both basketball and soccer in various youth organizations for rec, elementary and high school levels. His Edge Basketball training program has produced the 2011 GRPA District 5 12 year old Girls Champions, the 2012 West GA middle school girls champions and several years of CCJBC All Star players. For the past 4 years Coach Howell has been on the Lassiter Jr feeder program board and coached with their program.

Collegiate Prep has benefited from Coach Howell’s dedication and knowledge of the game for the past 4 years.

Chris Fitzgerald


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 almost 10 years of experience coaching and playing for CPBA and Coach Tucker, Coach Fitz provides patience with players, a passion for the game and a drive to help players reach their goals. 

David Walden



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 is athletic prowess. 

We are glad to have David Walden be a part of the Collegiate Prep family and we look forward to all the knowledge and enthusiasm that he will bring to the players in our program.

Bryan Hendley


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 Master’s 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. 

Kristie Mason


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 at Palm Beach Atlantic Univeristy. 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 she received all county and all region honors. As a stand out 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 is currently playing. On top of being a stand out athlete she is majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology, and she is at the top of her class in her field of study.

Andrew Brooks


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 established 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.

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