Jack Waters is currently in his second season as an assistant coach for the Warhawks.
Waters joined the AUM staff with an extensive coaching resume, having coached at the prep, NAIA, and NCAA Division I and Division II levels. Among the teams he has worked with are the University of Mississippi, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech University and Delta State University.
Prior to joining the AUM staff, Waters was a head coach at the high school and middle school level for 18 years in the Atlanta area, most recently at Tucker High School in Tucker, Ga.
While coaching at THS, his boys' team advanced to five consecutive State AAA Basketball Tournaments and had an overall record of 140-34 during his eight years. Waters also made coaching stops at Riverwood High School and Henderson High School during the 18-year span.
Waters earned his first coaching job at Ingomar High School in Ingomar, Miss., in 1965, where he was the head boys' and girls' basketball coach. During his two seasons, he helped the boys' to a runner-up and third-place finish at the state tournament.
Along with a successful prep coaching career, Waters also excelled at the collegiate level.
He broke into the college coaching ranks in 1967 when he was tabbed the head coach at Georgia State. Waters served as the Panthers head coach from 1967-70 and again from 1972-77, leading the team to their first winning season in school history.
Waters also spent two seasons (1970-72) as the head coach at Delta State, where he posted an overall record of 33-17. During his final season with the Statesmen, Waters guided the team to their first Gulf South Conference Championship and to a national ranking as high as No. 6. His team also became the first Delta State squad to host the NCAA Division II Regional Basketball Tournament.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Waters enjoyed a standout playing career, both at the University of Mississippi and within the professional ranks.
During his three-year playing career with the Rebels, Waters scored 1,384 points, a mark which ranks 13th on the Ole Miss all-time list. In addition, his career free throw percentage of .829 ranks second in the school record book, while his scoring average of 19.5 points per game is sixth best. He was an All-SEC selection all three seasons, was named the SEC Sophomore of the Year in 1959 and earned third-team All-American honors as a senior. He went on to play professionally with the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Kansas City Steers of the ABL before beginning his coaching career.
Waters was inducted into the University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and named to the University of Mississippi All-Century Team in 2009. He is also one of the five founders of the NCAA Sun Belt Conference and was recognized by former First Lady Nancy Reagan for Exemplary Volunteer Services.
Waters and his wife Cindy have three children, Jack, Kendra and Kimberly, and one grandson, Harrison.