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Robert Hewgley

Robert Hewgley

Commissioner of West Bearden Basketball League and TN Volcanoes AAU Basketball Program

Phone: 865.258.3786
Email: [email protected]

Robert is a lifelong player and teacher in the West Knoxville basketball community. With over 25 years of attending and coordinating camps and clinics across the USA he is one of the most influential basketball mentors around. Robert is constantly expanding his basketball knowledge to better equip his coaches and athletes. His dedication to studying the game of basketball allows for the WBBL to bring the most modern skills and training methods to Knoxville.

Jennifer Hayes

Jen Hayes

Lead Admin & Tournament Organizer

This lead admin, instructor, and highly successful coach began as a 3 year varsity basketball player at Fulton High School. Appointed as the team captain her senior year, Jen led the Falcons to the programs furthest point in post season games than any Fulton Girls team in history to that point. After graduating she took on the role as a Volunteer Assistant for 2 years at Fulton High School.

Jennifer Hayes has and continues to play an important role to the success of the WBBL and TN Volcanoes Basketball Program. Jen now oversees and assists with the off-season development classes, preseason instruction classes, and is a WBBL coach. She has an outstanding ability to work with children of all age groups and has been one of our most successful coaches in the WBBL and City Tournament. Jennifer is also highly involved in Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville she is on the organizations board and helps run 9 local sporting events annually. As a coach she has also won 2 TSSAA Unified Track and Field State Titles. 



GILBERT ABRAHAM

West Bearden Basketball League

Owner of Akin Athetics, Skill Trainer to NBA Players and Elite Youth Players
Consultant to TN Volcano Basketball & Guest Instructor

Gilbert lives in North Carolina but is a Nationally acclaimed Basketball Skills coach. His clients include: Raymond Felton (LA Clippers), Marvin Williams (Charlotte Hornets) Justin Jackson (UNC), Sash Kailleya-Jones (UK) as well as many of the elite Youth players that are on the way to the NBA Jalek Felton, Joey Baker, Blake Harris, Jordan Ratliffe. Gilbert and Robert collaborate often and share successful teaching strategies and techniques.

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Justin Foster

Justin Foster

2nd/3rd Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Bryson Newman

Bryson Newman

5th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Coach

Newman was a 3-year started on the mens basketball team at Halls High School. There he primarily played the point guard position; however, he also played down in the post as well. Newman was a 3-time all-district and 2-time all-region player. His senior year Newman averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assist, 2 steals a game. He scored an all-time high of 39 points against Central High School his senior year. 

Newman has coached rec basketball with the WBBL for the past 4-years. This is his second year coaching AAU for the TN Volcanoes.

Dan Baird

dan Baird

6th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Originally from Knoxville, Tn. He called North Carolina “home”
for over ten (10) years and rediscovered a love for basketball on the Old Wake Forest College campus, in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

He is married and the proud parent of 29-year-old twins born in Durham, NC and were multi-sport athletes in high school. Dan has coached and instilled the love of all sports and respect for the game of basketball by modeling this definition of a coach:

A “coach,” or coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a “coach,” supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. 

Dan has “coached” young ice skaters to become professional show skaters and Zamboni drivers. He has “coached” young athletes to excel both in the classroom and in all sports, and “coached” with the WBBL for over 6 years both in the WBBL rec and AAU seasons. He is proud to be a part of the “coaching” staff of TN Volcanoes 6th grade boys.

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Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith

6th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Coach

Smith was a 4-year started on the mens basketball team at August Christian High School in Georgia. There he played strong forward. He was an important part of his team's State Championship win his senior year. 

Smith is an active member in the Knoxville community and now joins the TN Volcanoes as head coach for one of our 6th grade boys teams.

JT Cook

JT Cook

6th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Assistant Coach

Cook grew up and went to school in West Virginia. There, he played basketball, football, and ran track throughout high school. He was a 2-year started his junior and senior year. Additionally, his senior year his team made it to the 3A State Championship and finished runner-up. Cook was a 3-year letterman football player, was first team All-District defensive back his junior and senior year, and All-State defensive back his senior year. 

Cook has coached in the Hardin Valley Youth Sports league and coached the boys all-star teams in that league for various age groups. Cook has also served as an assistant coach in the WBBL reg league and TN Volcanoes AAU program last season.

Cook will serve as the assistant coach for Jamie Smith and their 6th grade boys TN Volcanoes team.

Josh Gregory

Josh Gregory

7th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Josh's basketball journey began as a WBBL player and then a competitive AAU player while growing up. He received his first major success in basketball when he won the state championship at Webb Middle School. He continued his basketball career to become a 3 year starter at Oak Ridge High School. There he won a District and Regional Championship, and in 2008 played a critical role to leading his team to a State Tournament appearance during his senior year.

Post high school graduation Josh participated as a collegiate basketball and football at Tennessee State and eventually transferred to finish at Tennessee Wesleyan. During his playing time at Tennessee Wesleyan Josh and the Bulldogs took home 2 Conference Championships.  

Joshua has been a coach and trainer with the WBBL for over 7 years. He has helped the league grow being one of the original coaches for TN Volcanoes AAU program. He has been one of the WBBL's lead instructors for off-season development, preseason instructions, and a WBBL coach. 

Josh also has experience coaching on the middle school and high school levels where he is currently the JV boy's basketball coach for Farragut High School.

Jevaughn Barnes

Jevaughn Barnes

7th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Coach

Barnes if originally from Detroit, Michigan. There he played Varsity Baseball and Basketball at Farmington High School where we won a League Championship once in each sport, city champion 2 times in baseball, and 1 time in basketball. Barnes graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan in 2017.

Jevaughn played D3 Baseball at Adrian College for 1 season during the 2017-2018 season. He is currently a Junior at The University Of Tennessee where he is pursing a masters degree in Sports Management with the aspiration to be a Sports Agent. Barnes is also a current assistant boys basketball coach at St. Joseph’s middle school.

Barnes has been an active volunteer doing work in Detroit for 5 straight years before leaving for college which including “Hashtag Lunch-bag Detroit” where he made lunches and passed them out to the homeless, and “Kicks for Kids Detroit” where we provided new shoes to and for kids in need.

Barnes recently won 2 championships coaching in the WBBL Rec season with his 9-10 year old boys and 13-14 year old boys teams. 


Dallas Malone

Dallas Malone

7th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Malone was a 3 sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball) as South Green High School. He was a 3-year varsity starter in these sports, with basketball being his favorite. For the past 14 years he was played, watched, and studied the game the basketball. 

Malone currently coaches a 13-14 boys basketball team in the WBBL rec league, and will oversee the 7th grade boys TN Volcanoes basketball team during the Spring 2020 season. 

Blake Von Hagen

Blake Von Hagen

7th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Assistant Coach

Von Hagen was a 3-year varsity starter for the Knoxville Ambassadors basketball team. He played wing for Ambassadors and during his senior year he was averaging 20 points a game. He helped lead his team to 2nd in the Division. He is a University of Tennessee alumni.

Von Hagen currently coaches a 13-14 boys basketball team in the WBBL rec league, and will be an assistant for the 7th grade boys TN Volcanoes basketball team during the Spring 2020 season. 

Brandon McGill

Brandon McGill

8th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Brandon attended Knoxville Central High School and graduated in the class of 2006. During his time there McGill was a 4-year varsity basketball player and starter 3 years. He played point guard and shooting guard during his 4 years. All KIL Senior Year.

McGill attended Volunteer State Community College. There he was a 2-year starter and received an All-Conference Award.McGill then transferred to Maryville College where he was a 2-year starter, Conference Champion, and played in NCAA Div III tourney. During his senior year Brandon was the Leadership Award winner.

Brandon McGill has coached several years with the WBBL during the rec season. He is now the 8th grade boys head coach for the TN Volcanoes AAU program.

Errika Doane

Jen Hayes

8th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Coach Doane started playing basketball at the age of 5. She participated in Pat Summit’s camps and played in the AAU championship at Thompson Boiling Arena at age 13. She graduated from Anderson county high school.

She obtained her undergraduate degree at Tennessee Technological University and a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee. Errika has coached basketball and soccer for 15 years. She strives to bring out the best in each player and increase their love for the game




Bryan Gee

Bryan Gee

9th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Gee attended high school at Cornerstone Christian Academy where he was named to the first team All-State and All-District, NCSAA and Regional Player of the Year. Gee averaged 17.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 3.3 steals per game as a senior. He set high school records for points, assists, and the most winningest player in Cornerstone Christian History.

After graduating Gee attended Longwood University where he was apart of the men's D1 basketball team from 2014-2018. His 2015-2016 season Gee was one of only four players on the team to appear in every single game. Throughout his college career Gee was averaging career highs in minutes, shooting percentage, rebounds, assists, steals and points per game. 

Following college, Gee went on to play in the Dominican Republic for a short period of time. He is now the owner of several companies and soon be franchise owner of a restaurant here in Knoxville.

Bryan joined the WBBL staff in the 2019 Preseason and is the head coach for the 9th grade boy's TN Volcanoes AAU team.

Garrick Hrivnak

Garrick Hrivnak

9th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach

Garrick Hrivnak played both basketball and football while attending Collierville High School.  On the basketball court, he found success playing both center and forward for his team. While on the football field, Garrick was a 3 year starting quarterback.  Garrick began his college athletics on the Arkansas State Football team. He transferred to the University of Memphis and participated as a quarterback on the U of M football team for 2 years.  Now Garrick focuses his passion for athletics into coaching. He has been coaching and instructing basketball for the past 10 years.    

Hrivnak will be entering his fourth AAU season with TN Volcanoes and will oversee the 9th grade boys TN Volcanoes basketball team during the 2020 season.

Kaylin Johnson

Kaylin Johnson

10th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Head Coach & AAU Skills Instructor

Named a 2008 second-team 3A All-Louisiana performer, Johnson led Parkview Baptist High School to the 2007–08 District 8-3A championship. He averaged 17.4 points, five rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a senior. Johnson was a four-year member of the men’s basketball program at Samford University, playing under Brevard head coach Lee Burgess. During his career, he appeared in over 80 games for the Bulldogs. He received the Most Improved Player Award following the 2009-2010 season. Johnson spent the fall of 2012 as a student assistant with the men’s basketball program at his alma mater, Samford University. Johnson's duties as a student assistant included breaking down opponent’s film, assisting with film exchange, and also serving as a student manager during practice. He graduated from Samford in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration and a minor in General Business.

Johnson joined the Brevard men’s basketball program during the 2012-2013 season. After 8 seasons with him he was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July 2018. In his time with the Tornados, Johnson helped head coach Lee Burgess turn the Tornados into a consistent contender for postseason play. He helped mentor two SAC Players of the Week and a first team all-state and all-conference selection in 2014-2015.

Johnson recently moved to Knoxville, TN to take over as head boy’s basketball coach for Sacred Heart Cathedral School. He will become the head coach of one of our TN Volcanoes AAU team this coming Spring and lead our AAU skill sessions.

Noel Landrum

Noel Landrum

11th Grade Boys TN Volcanoes AAU Coach

Landrum played 2 years of collegiate basketball at Miami University-Hamilton and 2 years of collegiate basketball at Ohio (Jr. College).

Landrum is finishing up his 11th season as a head middle school coach. He currently is the head coach at West Valley Middle School, where he served as the assistant coach for 3 years before becoming the head coach for the past 4 years. Coach Landrum and the WVMS boys recently finished 3rd at State for the 2019-2020 season.