Meet The Team

Paul "Showtime" Gaffney

CEO/ General Manager

  • Inducted in the Cumberland High School Basketball Hall of Fame 

  • Inducted in the Tennessee Wesleyan College Basketball Hall of Fame 

  • Inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame w/Harlem Globetrotters 

  • Name Mr. Harlem Globetrotters ’93- ‘08 

  • Appeared on International & National Television, Radio, and Print such as Oprah, Jay Leno, BBC, and South Africa Live to name a few. 

  • Apart of the first Professional Sports Team to play in the Free and Democratic South Africa in 1996 and 1997. 

  • Traveled to over 93 countries, around the world completely 3 times 

  • Voted the “2015 Coach of the Year” in the CBA professional league 

  • Voted the “2016 Coach of the Year” Hamilton County Middle School 

Paul “Showtime” Gaffney has created an international sports logistic, development, and management company which creates a holistic sports environment called Gaffney Athletic Preparatory Academy (GAPA). His vision for this company, in the world of sports and education, is to provide the “Ultimate Sports Destination and Experience” through the many characteristics of the World of Sports to sports enthusiasts on and off the court. 

Gaffney received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management at Tennessee Wesleyan University while being All-District, All-Conference, and All-American basketball player. Thereafter, Gaffney played professionally with Harlem Globetrotters for 15 years with now 43 years of experience in the sports industry. He has traveled around the world completely 3 times visiting over 93 countries, starred on many television and radio shows across the global from appearing on Oprah and Jay Leno to the People of the South in South Africa. He has dined with Presidents, Statesmen, Kings and Queens. Gaffney does motivational speeches, hosts sporting events, and sports tutoring & mentoring. Along with GAPA, Gaffney is the owner of the Chattanooga RailRunners, a professional minor league basketball team in the Central Basketball Association. Gaffney is a member of the AAU’s Future Leaders Committee, the Tennessee Wesleyan University Hall of Fame and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. 

One of the most historical times for Gaffney, other than playing in front of his grandmother for first time, was being apart the first professional sports team to play in free and democratic South Africa while meeting and playing basketball with the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, twice. 

Before the crowds started screaming “Showtime”, becoming a professional athlete with the Harlem Globetrotters, developing GAPA, or being a member of the basketball Hall of Fame, there were a baby boy born in a small coal-mining town in rural Kentucky to an unmarried teenage mom. Realizing, during her pregnancy, that she could not provide for him properly, she placed him up for adoption before birth. At two years old, his adoptive mother died with him by her side; his is adoptive father, now a single parent, then raised him alone. By all accounts, these scenarios are the making of a negative path for a “at-risk child”. This was Gaffney's start in life, but his outcome was quite different from what it could have been. His life is a perfect example of how the concepts of sports, innovative educational programs, and community partnerships working together can make a difference in preparing a sports enthusiast for College, Careers, and Life. 

Gaffney is currently living in Cleveland, TN with his 18 yr. old son Evan, 22 yr. daughter Elyssia, who is a senior at UT-Knoxville, and his wife, Liska, of 25 years. Paul “Showtime” Gaffney is also becoming an author, with his new book called “Making of A Diamond”, with an estimated release date early 2019. 

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