Sunday, June 8, 2014

Two National Championships

Lindenwood University now has two National Champions in only their second year of having a billiuards team. Landon Shuffett and Briana Miller both had convincing wins and the rest of the team finished well also. Sharik Sayed finished 3rd, Sean Sommers 7th, Jaydan Hergott 9th, and Dan Otto was 25th.

As the coachI was pleased with the finishes but even more proud of their professionalism. Great job everyone, next up 2015.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Team USA/ Mosconi Cup 2014

Team USA/ Mosconi Cup 2014
Invading the BUD/S Training Facility

In preparation for the December showdown in Blackpool, England the players were brought to Coronado, Ca. for some real team building exercises courtesy of the U.S. Navy SEALs. Honor, integrity, respect, discipline, and work ethic are core components of all winning teams and especially those that travel in harms way.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mosconi Cup Team 2014

I was named captain of the 2014 Mosconi Cup Team USA and am very proud to come back as the captain after playing in the first two Mosconi Cups ever and pocketing the final winning 9-Ball for Team USA in the first ever match. This is one of my fondest memories and career highlights.

I have chosen to put a lot into the preparation for this match in an effort to win the Cup and promote pool here in the U.S. May 22-26 we will all meet as a team for the first time in San Diego, CA. The players who make up Team USA and will be attending are Corey Deuel, Justin Hall, Jeremy Sossei, Oscar Dominguez, Justin Bergman, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening, and Brandon Shuff and asst. captain Don Wardell.

The previous teams that were not unified enough to compete at the level of Team Europe and we are going to address this matter straight away. We will be heading to the Naval Special Warfare Center, home to the U.S. Navy SEALs to get inspired and motivated but to also get insights into team building, work ethic, discipline, brotherhood, and winning in tough circumstances. This is an experience not available to the public and requires permission from several sources including the base commander who has still not fully approved but we are very hopeful for the experience.

We as a team will also lead some training clinics that we will use to fundraise for the Naval Special Warfare Foundation and ParaVets. We will have multiple team meetings regarding our time here and in the future. We will then spend a couple of days training at On Cue Billiards, La Mesa, CA and hold a Mosconi Cup style match.

I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard for this all to become reality including Don Wardell and Mike Durbin along with Matchroom Sports and

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lindenwood Lions Billiards Team Improving

The Lions currently sit at 5-0 on the year, including a complete sweep of the largest collegiate billiards tournament of the year, held at the University of Michigan. 16 schools sent teams for the three day and three separate tournament format and the Lions won all three events.

We have improved and now have some experience. We train hard, compete, and are trying to put a new face on the sport. I ask that you maintain a 3.0 g.p.a. The primary aspect of this team is to lead by example, character and moral values are paramount. I insist upon proper conduct, sportsmanship, honor, integrity, leadership, and respect, along with personal accountability.

We presently have a state of the art training facility that would make professional players jealous. The training consists of utilizing a great mental and physical approach to the game that under pressure becomes overwhelming firepower. The presentation of great attitudes and technique is unsettling for players unprepared to compete at this level and has proven to shake their confidence mid-match.

Players that are members of the team are from all over the world, Nepal, Singapore, China, Italy, Spain, and all corners of the U.S. Most of them are scholarshipped athletes that are here to get a great education, become a better person, and possess a tremendous pool game.

I am looking for my next recruit and have scholarship money for anyone interested in becoming a member of the billiards program and has the academics to enter college. Curious? Contact Mark Wilson at 618-888-2333 or send an email to .

Friday, September 20, 2013

Play Great Pool -the book is complete and available.

The book is back from the printer and represents years of effort. I insisted on the reading to be motivational, inspirational, while also being educational. I consider the book to be a textbook and not a one-time read type of thing. Explanation of the physics and bio-mechanics using sound principles and not opinion based assumption. How to acquire the skills with specific training exercises, check points to see that you are progressing, along with trouble shooting guidelines when struggles crop up.

The goal is to enable you to teach yourself using a designed system that will shorten the long way to superior proficiency. Any pool player interested in becoming a better player, no matter what their present skill set, will derive much benefit along with insights into the specifics of how to train.

The book is hardbound and full color, the cost is $70 and for this introduction free domestic shipping. You could order yours by mailing a check or money order to:

Mark Wilson
8561 Prairietown Rd.
Dorsey, Illinois

I could not be more proud of this book and feel that the results are better than I dreamed, I am certain that you will feel the same. I would also like to thank all of the friends and supporters who had to endure with great patience the waiting for completion of something that represents my life goal.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lindenwood Lions Billiards Team

The Lions have been training since September for the National Collegiate Billiards Championship. Last Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, three of my players qualified to play in the Nationals in late July. We had 23 players compete from five Universities for four positions.

Stephen Wyatt (Lindenwood) won 1st place over Ben Reynolds (University of Arkansas) qualified in second place. The Lindenwood ladies swept the two qualification spots with Federica Bertolini 1st and Kelly Zahn 2nd.

I could not be more proud of all of my team's performance as everyone played to their best. Each player carried themselves with a pride and stroke technique that indicates future success and has become the Lindenwood Billiards team calling card. Great job everyone.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The book that I always wanted to write.

I have been working along on finishing the pool playing instructional book and we are well into the final parts of editing and installing the pictures and diagrams. While there is still much to complete the conclusion is within sight. This book is going to give pool players of all skill levels a chance to get much better, now and forever. My dream was to leave a mark on the sport with this book and help others discover that same feeling which I found so long ago. When I began to attempt to get better with my playing, pool instruction was almost unheard of and the instructional books were vague and unclear. Education is the only way to grow the sport. Because pool playing at a high level is so difficult, players get lost along the way, assuming that they just cannot get it perhaps because they just do not seem to have any natural ability. That is the quick and obvious way to assess why their proficiency is much less than other players, and well beneath their own desired playing stature. This book will be a complete guide to teaching yourself to play high level pool and I am certain that I will be satisfied with the contents, derived from great research and nearly 40 years of practice, I hope that you, the reader, will be pleased with the material and presentation, including the motivational aspects that have been lacking in our sport. The blessing of seeking and training regularly with the top players in pool for such a long time has given this book an authentic look at what it really takes to become great. Everybody would not get to be so blessed as to have access to the material gathered within the book and I really wanted to share this with you, and all players in the future that sincerely wanted to get better but had little idea of where to start. Thanks for your