Tony Pujol

 

Head Coach

 

Pujol is UNA’s seventh head basketball coach and will lead the school into its transition to NCAA Division I basketball in the 2018-19 season as a member of the ASUN Conference.

 

Pujol helped lead Wyoming to a 20-13 record in 2017-18. In 2016-17, Pujol helped lead the Cowboys to the College Basketball Invitational Championship. The Cowboys finished the season 23-15 overall with a 19-3 home record.

 

Pujol coached at Alabama for five seasons from 2010-2014 under head coach Anthony Grant. Pujol helped the Crimson Tide compile a 99-71 record during his time on the staff, including three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time since 1990-92. Alabama earned two NIT bids and one NCAA bid from 2011-13 and finished runner-up in the NIT in 2011.

 

On the recruiting trail, Pujol helped the Tide land a 2011 recruiting class that Rivals.com ranked as the fifth best in the nation with four prospects ranked in the top 100 nationally.

 

Previously, Pujol served under Grant at VCU from 2006-09 with Edwards and Jeremy Shyatt. The staff guided the Rams to a 76-25 record in those three seasons, including 45-9 in the Colonial Athletic Association. VCU won three conference regular-season titles and two tournament titles in that span to play in the NCAA tournament twice and NIT once.

 

Pujol joined Grant’s staff after two seasons at Appalachian State from 2004-06, where he helped the Mountaineers win the Southern Conference North Division in 2005. Pujol also had high school coachin experience in south Florida for 13 seasons, including nine at Northwest Christian Academy in Miami, where he posted a 250-46 record with state titles in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

 

The North Alabama program has 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight regional championships, five Final Fours and two national championships in NCAA Division II basketball.

 

Willie Watson

 

Assistant Coach

 

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

 

Graduate Assistant

 

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.