Tony Pujol, a former assistant basketball coach at the University of Wyoming with 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, was hired as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of North Alabama on April 2, 2018.
Pjuol also served as an assistant basketball coach at Appalachian State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Alabama before taking a position at Wyoming in 2016.
“We had an outstanding pool of quality candidates and brought in four very impressive individuals,” said. Linder. “The committee and I met with Tony and knew that he was the right fit at this time for the UNA basketball program. He has a high degree of energy, his preparation is off the charts and he wants to be here.”
Linder added that Pujol has recruited in the state of Alabama and the Southeast for the majority of his coaching career. “Tony has had tremendous success where ever he has been,” Linder said. “We look forward to welcoming Tony, his wife Mayle and their family to the Shoals and to UNA.”
Willie Watson enters his first season at the University of North Alabama. He comes to UNA after serving as an assistant for one season at Kentucky Wesleyan. Watson also coached at the University of Texas-Grand Rio Valley, the University of Alabama and Marion Military Institute. He served as an assistant coach as well as the head coach at Marion Military.
As the interim head coach at Marion Military Institute in 2012-13, he lead his team to a win over the No. 1 team in the region while coaching two All-Conference and one All-Region player. He was an assistant coach the previous season, helping the team to a program best 21-9 record while coaching three All-Conference and All-Region players, including the Player of the Year.
Watson was at Alabama from 2005-to-11, initially as a manager before walking on to the team and helping the Crimson Tide to 20 wins and the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. Watson then returned to his managerial duties, becoming the head manager before earning a promotion to Graduate Assistant upon the completion of his undergraduate degree. During his time there, Watson helped the team to over 100 wins while supervising 11 managers and implementing travel arrangements for more than 60 student-athletes. He also assisted coaches with recruiting, practices, games, team camps and daily office assignments. Watson contributed to the recruiting of four top-25 classes and helped Alabama to the 2011 SEC West Championship and NIT Finals.
Watson earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management in May of 2009 and his Master of Science in Sports Management in May of 2011. He also earned graduate certificates in conflict management, negotiation and mediation.
Daniel Williams enters his first season as graduate assistant coach at North Alabama. He arrives at UNA after four years as an assistant coach in the high school ranks in the Birmingham, AL area. He spent two seasons at Pleasant Grove High School and two at Clay-Chalkville High School. During those four years he also coached AAU basketball with the Southeast Elite/Team Carroll organization, which participated in both the Nike EYBL and the Adidas Gauntlet.
Williams holds a degree in American Studies from The University of Alabama. He was a student manager for three years under the direction of Anthony Grant from 2009-2012. During his time as a manager he saw the Crimson Tide win an SEC Western Division championship in 2011 and compete as a finalist during the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). In 2012, the Crimson Tide was selected as one of the 64 NCAA tournament participants.
Prior to Alabama, Williams attended Shelton State Community College for one year where he was a student manager for the Buccaneers and former head coach Barry Mohun. During the 2008-2009 season, the Bucs went 32-4 while winning the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) regular season and the NJCAA Region 12 tournament championship. They accepted an automatic bid to compete in the Junior College national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
University of North Alabama men’s head basketball coach Tony Pujol has announced the hiring of Tom Berryman as assistant coach. The Florence, Ala., native comes to UNA from Southeast Missouri State and has 11 years of coaching experience.
“Tom is an outstanding basketball coach,” said Pujol. “His attention to detail and his preparation will not only make my job easier, but also everyone in our program. Tom and his wife, Kinsey, will be a perfect fit for UNA on campus and in the community.”
Prior to serving as director of basketball operations at Southeast Missouri, Berryman spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Charleston. He also spent four years as a member of Anthony Grant’s staff at the University of Alabama.
Before joining the UA program, Berryman spent three years coaching in the high school ranks. He spent two seasons (2008-2010) at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he served as the head freshman coach and varsity assistant. Berryman was also the head junior varsity coach and a varsity assistant at Holt High School for the 2007-08 season.
During the summer of 2006, Berryman worked as an intern at IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Florida. During his time there, he worked under the tutelage of Mike Moreau, one of the nation’s top skill development coaches. Berryman assisted Moreau in skill development workouts for numerous professional and collegiate players. He also served as an instructor for IMG’s high school summer camps.
Berryman earned two degrees from the University of Alabama. He graduated cum laude in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2012, he completed his master’s degree in human performance, which included an emphasis in sport management.
Berryman and his wife, Kinsey, were married in 2015. The couple has one daughter, Ella.