Former Saint Louis University basketball player, Justin Tatum, will return with the St. Louis Surge as the Associate Head Coach for the 2023 season.
Tatum, who is the father of Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum, has made a mark in preparatory athletics in Missouri.
After playing basketball professionally in the Netherlands for three years, Tatum came home to work as the assistant coach at his alma mater, Christian Brothers College High School. After one season there, he picked up a position at Soldan High School before going back to CBC as the head coach.
In his time as a high school coach, Tatum has taken his team to the final four for the Missouri State Tournament seven times. He has achieved three state titles as a coach along with 10 conference and district titles. His overall high school coaching record is 278 wins and 132 losses. His achievements led him to receive MBCA Coach of the Year four times. He is the only male coach in Missouri to win a state title in Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6.
Before his time as a coach, Tatum was a 1997 State Champion in High School where he played at CBC alongside Larry Hughes. After high school, he went on to play basketball at SLU. There, Tatum carried the Billikens to a conference champ and NCAA bid. He won First Team All Defense Player at SLU and is ranked 6th in blocks for the school’s all-time list.
His post collegiate basketball career was spent overseas.
Along with Jayson Tatum, Justin is also the father of Jaycob and Kayden Tatum. Jaycob led CBC to two state football championships and is now playing college football at Western Illinois University. He is also a grandfather to Jayson “Deuce” Christopher Tatum Jr.