Meet Our Instructors
Andy Bass – Pitching
Andy Bass played high school baseball for Brad Myers at Battleground Academy (BGA) in Franklin, Tennessee where he graduated in 2007. He went on to earn 4 varsity letters for Dick Cooke at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina where graduated with a major in Psychology and Philosophy minor in 2011. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 18th round of the 2011 MLB draft. He was then signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox in 2012. After his playing days were over he earned a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology & Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Sport Psychology with an emphasis in Motor Skill Development. His areas of interest and research include: motivation in youth sport, self-controlled learning in motor skill acquisition, and coaching pedagogy.
Bill Ballou – Pitching
Bill Ballou began his career in the minors as a pitcher with the Chicage Cubs and an outstanding record in Wenatchee,WA where he led the league in ERA as the team won the league Championship.
His extended experience as a pitching coach includes high school, college, and 25 years as a coach with professional teams. Those teams included the Cubs, Whitsox, and Houston Astros.
Noteworthy pitchers he instructed were Jamie Moyer, Brad Lidge, Johan Santana, Roy Oswald, Wandy Rodriguez, and Tim Redding.
Shawn Hughes – Catching and Hitting
Shawn Hughes is originally from Arlington, Texas. He spent the last 18 years coaching college baseball at the NCAA D2 and NJCAA D1 level. The last 11 years, Shawn was the Assistant Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Cisco College. While at Cisco, the team finished in the top 15 nationally in batting four of the last seven years, went to a regional five of the last eight years, earned one World Series appearance in 2012, and had 40 athletes graduate and transfer to Division 1 schools the past four years.
Prior to Cisco, Shawn was the Assistant Baseball Coach at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas for six years and the Pitching Coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas one year. Hughes played seven seasons of minor league ball, where he played on two league championship teams, was elected to three all-star teams, won the Home Run Derby in the 2003 All-Star Game, and won a league MVP award in 2000 with the Amarillo Dillas.
Hughes attended Howard Payne University where he received All-American honors as a catcher in 1996 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in communications. Hughes earned his Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences in May of 2000 from West Texas A&M University. He is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning coach with the NSCA and spent the 2001 season as a strength coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ AAA team in Las Vegas. Shawn has also spent 2 years as a personal trainer, 2 years as a Wellness Coordinator, and was also in charge of planning and implementing the Strength and Conditioning programs for the baseball teams he coached the last 18 yrs. He and his wife, Angela, have one son, Griffith(14).
Rawley Bishop – Hitting/Fielding
Rawley is originally from Germantown, TN and now resides in Knoxville with his wife Kari, daughter Sayler and a son Brooks. As an instructor his goal is to maximize each individuals God given ability with the fundamentals that are proven day in and day out by the elite big leaguers today. Get on Plane!
Drafted in the 19th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2009. Rawley Played 4 years in the minor leagues reaching as high as AAA before retiring. He was named an MILB.com organizational All-Star, Player of the Week in 2010, and Mid-Season All-Star in 2009 and 2010.
As a student athlete, Rawley received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology. He was also a 4 Four-year
letterwinner for Coach Steve Peterson at Middle TN State 2006-2009. He holds the career records for Runs scored, Total Bases, Runs Batted In, Walks, and Hit By Pitch. In addition Rawley is 2nd on the career list for Home Runs, and in the top ten for Hits, Doubles, and Slugging Pct. He Was named to the ABCA All-Region (South) team in 2008-2009, All-Sun Belt Team 2007-2009, Sun-Belt All Tournament Team 2007, 2009 and the National Academic All-district in 2008.
Four-year letterwinner for coach Lane McCarter at Houston HS in Germantown, TN. Named All-Metro by Commercial Appeal as a Junior and Senior. Batted .397 during four-year varsity career. Two-time TBCA Showcase participant and member of Team Tennessee and Junior Sun Belt All-Tournament team in 2003.
Ty Morrison was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the first pick of the 4th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of Tigard HS in Tigard, Oregon. He spent 8 seasons in the Rays organization, making it as high as Double-A where he played for the Montgomery Biscuits. Ty was named the Rays organization Base Runner of the Year in 2010 after setting a club record and finishing second in the Midwest League in stolen bases (58). Following the 2011 season, while playing winter ball for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League, Ty was named to the World All-Star team. Rising as high as Tampa Bay’s 14th top prospect, Ty was recognized as the Tampa Bay Rays organization’s Best Athlete (2011) and Best Defensive Outfielder (2012) by Baseball America. Ty’s promising career was sidelined by injury in 2013, and after being released by the Rays in July 2015, he signed to play with the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball where he has played for the past two years. During his first year with the Lemurs, he led the American Association in hitting, posting a .366 average and helped lead them to the American Association Championship.
Ty began his high school career at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA where he was named to multiple All-District and All-Region teams before moving with his family to Tigard, Oregon during his senior year where he led his team to the finals of the 6A state championships and was named the top prospect in the state of Oregon. Ty had accepted a scholarship offer to play at the University of Oregon prior to signing with the Rays.
Ty has a brother, Michael, who won the NCAA National Championship in the decathlon before graduating from University of California at Berkeley and a sister, Kaleigh, who won the Big West Championship in the Heptathlon while at the University of Hawaii. Kaleigh is now a vet student at the University of Illinois while Michael is the Youth Performance Director at The Emerald Youth Foundation here in Knoxville. Ty’s parents, Scott and Valerie live in Raleigh, NC.
Tyler played High School baseball for Neshaminy High School located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and graduated in 2009. Tyler originally went to Lock Haven University, but had Tommy John Surgery and ended up transferring to Eastern University where he spent his last three years playing. While at Eastern, Tyler Played outfield and earned All-Conference honors and was nominated for the Male Athlete of the Year award following his junior season campaign. Tyler has since Graduated with a degree in Business and has been dedicating his time towards developing, inspiring and mentoring young men through the game of baseball.