GZT Founder Tim Anderson to Join DePaul Basketball Staff

Tim Anderson DePaul

After years building up a career that has included stops at the high school, college and pro levels, Ground Zero Training (GZT) Founder Tim Anderson has accepted an assistant coach position on the men’s basketball staff at Big East member, DePaul University.

A native of Chicago through and through, Anderson is taking this opportunity to put DePaul and Chicago back at the forefront of the basketball scene, stating, “I couldn’t be more grateful and excited about the opportunity to put on for my city and help return DePaul to where it belongs.”

When it comes to success, DePaul is no stranger. Having been to two NCAA Final Fours, and with a total of 46 DePaul players drafted by NBA teams, the Blue Demons are a major player in the national landscape. As the program moves into the brand new Wintrust Arena in the heart of Chicago, there is a renewed energy surrounding the Blue Demons. Anderson states, “It’s time to bring the DePaul program back to the glory days and we’re going to need everyone’s help. This is Chicago’s team and Chicago is deserving of a winner.”


As the Founder of GZT, Tim has helped develop numerous NBA players and draft picks. A total of 21 NBA players were drafted in the last four years in the Ground Zero Training NBA Pre-Draft program, including 13 First Round selections. In addition to serving with GZT, Tim has been the Program Director of the national AAU powerhouse, Nike Meanstreets, which includes many NBA players, such as superstars Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis. Tim’s past coaching experience includes stops at NCAA Division 1 school, University of Texas-Pan American, NCAA Division 2 program, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and NJCAA program, Malcolm X Community College. He also has head coaching experience at his alma mater, Crane High School.

Ground Zero Training’s Director, Jason Benadretti, shared his thoughts on the DePaul hire saying, “DePaul could not have hired a person who embodies more of what community and the city of Chicago is all about. As a true son of Chicago, Tim has been an instrumental part in guiding Chicago’s youth. His track record both on and off the basketball court speaks for itself. DePaul is not only getting someone who has immense relationships within the city of Chicago, but nationally as well.  This is a home run hire in terms of what Tim brings to the table as a former high school head coach in Chicago, collegiate assistant coach at three levels, AAU program director, and as one of the most accomplished NBA Skills Trainers around.”