Daleville reached out to a high school basketball coaching veteran when it named former longtime Murphy boys’ basketball coach Tim Waller to take over the Lady Hawks basketball program.
Waller was officially hired by the Daleville City Schools Board of Education on June 30 and comes to Daleville after retiring from coaching in 2017. Prior to that, Waller had been the head boys’ basketball coach at Murphy High School from 2008 through 2017. During that span, Waller’s Murphy teams won two area championships and made the Class 6A Final Four twice.
Before taking over at Murphy, Waller was the head coach of his alma mater, Satsuma, from 2000 until 2007. In total, Waller’s career record in Alabama as a head boys’ basketball coach is 247-157.
After graduating from Satsuma, Waller attended Talladega College and during that time joined the staff of women’s basketball coach Tim Eatman, who is considered one of the top college recruiters in women’s college basketball. He currently serves as assistant head coach at Rutgers University.
Waller got his head coaching career started as the girls’ head basketball coach at Deerfield Beach Middle School.
Waller retired from coaching to spend more time with his son, TJ Weller, and after getting married to a Dothan native, Waller began looking for a good fit for he and his son in the area. Waller landed in Daleville.
“Daleville was a perfect fit for my son because it allowed him to play football and be in the band and the school he came from allowed him to do that,” Waller said. “There are very few schools you can find that will let you do that. Plus, the demographics here were better.”
Waller looks to bring the same level of success at Daleville that he brought to Murphy. Waller said that could be a quick process with the current seniors expected to return next season.
“We want to get things back to where they used to be here,” Waller said. “The girls had some Final Four experience here and we want to get back there.
“If the seniors stay with us I think it will be a quick return to form and if not, it will be a process where we build the program back from the ground up. The great thing is that Daleville is paying me to do something I would for free anyway. It’s what I love to do. I gravitate to basketball and coaching because that’s my comfort zone.”