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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 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 & 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.

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.

Kendall Acho

Kendal Acho

Development Instructor & WBBL Coach

Kendall played basketball in Belleville, MI at Belleville High School. There she was a 3 year starter as a shooting Guard and a two time Regional Champion. Acho was awarded with the All-Conference player award and All Metro-Detroit player award. 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 where her team made several NAIA National Tournament appearances. Kendal received the Conference Champion of Character award at the 2011-2012 NAIA National Tournament. 

Kendall received her graduate degree from Marshall University and now is the Chief Operating Officer at Firstdown Playbook, where she works alongside Charlie Coiner and Mike Singletary (former football players).

Jevaughn Barnes

Jevaughn Barnes

Development Instructor & WBBL 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 is currently an assisting the WBBL with preseason development class and coaching during the WBBL rec season. 

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.


Bryan Gee

Bryan Gee

Development Instructor & 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.

Josh Gregory

Josh Gregory

Development Instructor and WBBL 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.

Hunter Huff

Hunter Huff

Development Instructor & Coach

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. 

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.
 

David Kraski

David Kraski

Development 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.

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.


Will Winton

Will Winton

Development Instructor & Coach

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.