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WBBL- Knoxville, TN - Youth Basketball for Boys and Girls.

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 the instructors that work year-round for the WBBL.

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 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, Instructor, & 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 Assistant Coach 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 seasons and City League Tournament. Jennifer is one of the head administrators for special Olympics in Knoxville.

Caitlin Mize

Caitlin Mize

Lead Coach & Instructor

Caitlin 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 champions which lead them to 4 National NAIA Tournament appearances. During her collegiate career Caitlin and her team made history making it to the elite 8 at the NAIA National Tournament and was awarded with the all time win record in school history. Individually, she received awards for Most Improved Player, Honorary MVP, Champion of Character at the national tournament, and All-Conference Academic.

Caitlin joined the WBBL coaching staff in September 2014, after relocating from Wisconsin. Since joining the WBBL she has become a lead instructor for the off-season development classes and preseason instruction classes, as well as a head coach for both the WBBL and Volcano leagues. 

Recently, Caitlin graduate magna cum laude with her Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee.  She has also begun coaching the West Valley Middle School girl's basketball team during their 2019 Fall Ball season.

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.

Hunter Huff

Hunter Huff

Lead Coach & Instructor

In high school Hunter played at Hardin Valley Academy all 4 years. He is still trying to pursue a college basketball career at the University of Tennessee, but a torn meniscus has been effecting his ability to do so.

Hunter started coaching with WBBL right after he graduated high school. He was an assistant for two years with 11th, 10th, 6th and 5th grade Volcano teams. Recently, he has become the head coach of a 6th and 7th grade boys Volcanoes teams and will continue to follow them in the years to come. 

Since graduating high school, Hunter has focused on individual basketball training with high school and college players. He is also an important part and lead instructor for the development classes.

Currently, Hunter is a full-time student at the University of Tennessee.
 

Will Winton

Will Winton

Lead Coach & Instructor

Graduating from Bearden High School in the class of 2011- Will was a 4 year varsity letterman and walked away from BHS with 3 state tournaments, and 1 state runner-up under his belt. His overall high school record of 136-13; 4 time District Champ  and 4 time Region Champ led to him signing with Bryan College (1 year) out of High School.  Since transferring, Will is now finishing up his collegiate basketball career and academics at Maryville College.


Will Winton is a WBBL veteran instructor and coach. After assisting commissioner Robert Hewgley for many years, Will took over the lead instructor position of the WBBL for the development classes. Will is one of the longest WBBL's lead instructors for our off-season and preseason development courses, a veteran WBBL coach, and a mentor to all the athletes and coaches in the league.

David Kraski

West Bearden Basketball League

Development Instructor & 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 going the WBBL coaching staff last season. He coached a team during the regal season and is a valuable asset to our development classes.

Kendall Acho

Kendal Acho

Lead Instructor

Kendall played basketball in Belleville MI at Belleville High school. She was a 3 year starter, Shooting Guard, twice Regional Champion, All-Conference, All Metro-Detroit. She also played softball (all Conf), volleyball, and golf (all Conf).

Kendall attended Sienna Heights University, and obtained a degree in Communications and Journalism. There she played basketball  and received the Conference Champion of Character award.

Kendall received her graduate degree from Marshall University and now works for Charlie Coiner and Mike Singletary (former football players) at FIRST DOWN PLAYBOOK.

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Cody Graves

Cody Graves

Development Instructor & Coach

Growing up Cody played AAU and travel basketball. He later played on the Bearden High School freshman team. Since graduating Cody has coached AAAU and rec basketball for 4 years. In the offseason he is coach for our development classes.

Josh Gregory

Josh Gregory

Lead Coach & Instructor

Joshua has been a coach and trainer with the WBBL for over 7 years. He has help the league grow being one of the original coaches for TN Volcanoes AAU program. He also has experience coaching on the middle school and high school levels where he is currently the jv coach for Farragut High School.

Ziven Clark

Will Winton

Development Instructor

Ziven played basketball for 4 years at West High School in Knoxville Tennessee. He is currently a sophomore at Lewis and Clark Community College college in Illinois where he is continuing basketball career. Ziven plans to be a high school or college basketball coach in the future.

Bryan Gee

Bryan Gee

Development Instructor

Bryan attended high school at Cornerstone Christian Academy where he was named to the first team All-State and All-District, NCSAA and district Player of the Year, and averaged 17.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 3.3 steals per game as a senior. After graduating Bryan attended Longwood University where he was apart of the men's basketball team from 2014-2018. His 2015-2016 season Bryan was one of only four players on the team to appear in every single game. Throughout his college career Bryan was averaging career highs in minutes, shooting percentage, rebounds, assists, steals and points per game.

Bryan joined the WBBL staff in the 2019 Preseason. 

Chris Cook

Chris Cook

Development Instructor

Chris is a Knoxville native. He attended West High School where he was a part of the men's basketball team. Chris then went on to play 2 years of basketball at Roane State Community College before transferring to Barton College for his final 2 years. At Barton Chris was an integral part of the basketball team. He totaled 15 points and 24 rebounds his senior year. Additionally, his junior and senior year Chris was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. The NABC recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. 

Chris loves coaching and helping kids not only become better at basketball, but also inspiring them to become better people. Chris has been a WBBL instructor for 3 years in the offseason. He is currently training in Los Angeles pursuing a career in the NBA.

Trever Ferguson

Trever Ferguson

Development Instructor

Trever attended West High School from 2009-2013 where he played basketball for 4 years and was a 2-year varsity starter. He was part of the first and only team in West boys' basketball history to go to state in 2011. While in high school Trever attended the WBBL developmental program all four years. 
After graduating from West High School Trever then became an instructor and coach with the WBBL.
He also went on to major in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee of Knoxville. 

Trever remains a development instructor with the WBBL and will be graduating in December 2019 with his bachelor's degree. Following graduation Trever has plans to pursue a career in additive manufacturing.


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