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.
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.
Bryson played high school for Brian Hochevar at Grace Christian Academy. Earned All State honors in 2012 and 2013, as well as first team all KIL in 2013. He played four years for Ryan Schmalz at Trevecca Nazarene University and received All Conference honors all four years and all Region honors in 2016 for outfield/1B. Shelton finished top ten all time at Trevecca in career batting avg, OBP, slugging percentage, RBIs, total base hits, and doubles. He also received most outstanding male athlete award in 2017. Bryson is currently finishing a degree in Applied Physics; as well as a degree in Civil Engineering. He enjoys taking time to mold and inspire young men through hitting instruction.