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Boys & Girls Youth Basketball

Meet the Staff

The WBBL coaches and instructors are here to provide you and your family with the best youth basketball experience possible! We go above and beyond to make all players and their families feel welcome, informed, and a part of the WBBL organization. We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches, motivational leaders, and exceptional administrators. 

Read the bios below to learn more about our incredible WBBL staff

Robert Hewgley

Robert Hewgley

Commissioner of West Bearden Basketball League

Phone: 865.258.3786
Email: [email protected]

Robert is a lifelong player and teacher in the West Knoxville basketball community. With over 30 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 & Coach

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. 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. 

Caitlin Mize

Caitlin Mize

Head Coach & Communications/Marketing Executive

Mize was a 3-year starter, 3-time conference and regional champ, and all-region player at Crystal Lake South High School (Illinois). Out of high school she committed to playing basketball at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her time as a 3-year starter, her team won 4 conference championships, which advanced them to 4 NAIA National Tournaments. During her collegiate career Mize and her team made it to the Elite 8 at the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history and were awarded with the all-time win record in school history that same year. Individually, she received awards for Most Improved Player, Honorary MVP, Champion of Character Award at the NAIA National Tournament, and All-Conference Academic. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor's degree in sociology and social work.

Mize joined the WBBL coaching staff in September 2014, after relocating from Wisconsin. Since joining the WBBL she has become a lead instructor for the Offseason Development and Preseason Development classes, she was a founding coach for the TN Volcanoes AAU program back in 2016, and has served as a head coach for both boys and girls teams in the WBBL rec league.

In the Fall of 2016 Mize returned to graduate school at UT. During her time in graduate school she received the Chancellor's Honor's Award for Extraordinary Community Service and Graduate Student Service Award for the work she was doing within her department, the basketball community, and the City of Knoxville. In 20018, Mize graduated magna cum laude with her Master's degree in environmental criminology from the University of Tennessee. She has since taken on a full-time role with the WBBL overseeing marketing and communication, and recently took on a coached the #2 West Valley Middle School girl's basketball team during their 2019 Fall Ball season.

David Kraski

David Kraski

Lead Instructor & WBBL Coach

David has 15 years of basketball experience. He has played in several leagues in Knoxville (Upward, KYS, Sacred Heart, WBBL,West High School, and AAU). During his time at Sacred Heart David won 2 state tournaments. Additionally, he was All KIL and All District during his time playing at West High school

David coaches in the WBBL Rec season and is a valuable asset to our Preseason Development classes. David joins the Lady Volcanoes AAU program as the assistant coach for the 6th grade girls teams.

Bryan Gee

Bryan Gee

Private Trainer

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.

Tyrone Patterson

Tyrone Patterson

Development Instructor

Tyrone Patterson attended West High School. During is basketball career at West, Tyrone achieved several accomplishments including: All-District Team, All-District Tournament Team, and All-Region team.

Tyrone is now currently on a basketball scholarship at Tennessee Wesleyan University. His freshman year of college he was named Freshman of the Year and All-Conference 2nd Team. 

Tyrone works as a development instructor for the WBBL Offseason Development program and a private lesson trainer.

Gilbert Abraham

West Bearden Basketball League

Owner of Akin Athetics, Skill Trainer to NBA Players and Elite Youth Players
Consultant to WBBL Basketball Development and 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.