Artistic Pool & Trick Shot Competitions
Currently Ranked #20: WPA – Artistic Pool Division
Break Cue: Stinger Cue
McDermott Ambassador Since: 2015
Competes: Nationally in the U.S.
Home Club: Whiskey Barrel — Springboro Ohio
Favorite Venue: Horseshoe Casino — Derby City Classic
Tips/advice for aspiring players:
Don’t get frustrated when success doesn’t happen right away. Keep plugging away at it. Above all else, have fun and keep reminding yourself why you play this great game.
Best advice he received from someone:
Have confidence that you can compete with anyone and just play the table—not your opponent.
Brian started playing pool at the age of 9 when his parents moved to a house with a pool table. He fell in love with the game immediately and started spending a lot of time on the table. Seeing that Brian’s love for the game wasn’t temporary, his dad bought him some training videos to aid in his son’s journey. One of the videos caught Brian’s eye the most, “Amazing Trickshots.” He started spending hours trying to duplicate some of the shots.
Years later Brian started playing in pool tournaments at a local pool hall, which is where he earned is pool nickname of Superman. “I am a huge geek and my wardrobe reflects that. I wore a superman shirt one week and finished really well. I started wearing superman shirts every week after that and the nickname stuck. The tournament director would call Superman over the PA instead of my name. Half the people in there didn’t know my real name, they only knew me as superman.”
Brian got more into trick shots when he saw ESPN’s Trick Shot Magic. Like before, Brian spend hours trying to duplicate the shots from such greats as Tom Rossman and Mike Massey. After meeting up with Gospel Trick Shot founder Steve Lillis, Brian joined the group and performed a few GTS trick shows himself. Through GTS Brian was introduced to McDermott cues. In 2014 Brian entered Tom Rossman’s Artistic Partners Cup as an amateur artistic pool player and was paired with pro artistic pool player and fellow McDermott cue ambassador player Jason “The Michigan Kid” Lynch and the pair took 2nd place. In 2015 Brian played in his first professional Artstic event and earned a pro ranking and fulfilled a dream.
“My dreams as a kid were to become a professional pool player and be sponsored by a cue company. I have now achieved both. Before I shot with McDermott, I couldn’t do some of the stroke shots in the pro shot program. After getting a McDermott cue with an I-2 shaft, I was able to perform the shots. I switch between the I3 and the I2 shafts. I will put them up against any performance shaft around. I have found they hold up better than anything out there.”
Brian is currently ranked 24th in the world by the World Pool Association and looks to improve upon that at this year’s World Championships. “I want to be a world champion and I won’t stop until I am.”