Mike Haynes
Assistant Baseball Coach

     Coach Mike Haynes arrived at West High School in the spring of 2015. He has been coaching baseball for more than thirty years and is living proof that if you truly love the game, you can continue to coach and play baseball your entire lifetime.

     After more than 20 years coaching various high school age summer teams, Coach Haynes began his high school career at Fulton in 2009. Coming off single digit win seasons in 2007 and 2008, the Falcons improved to 16-10 by 2011 finishing 3rd in their district and knocking off eventual AA state champion Gibbs. After leaving Fulton following head coach Raymond Skeen’s retirement, Coach Haynes spent a two year stint directing the middle school program at Northview Academy in Kodak before being asked by Coach McNish to join the West staff. Coach Haynes began playing as a youngster at Alice Bell before his family moved to the Halls community.


     Coach Haynes played at Halls High School and for summer teams as a pitcher, shortstop and 3rd baseman. Later, he began playing adult league baseball where he is still active. Coach Haynes is a 20+ year participant in the Roy Hobbs World Series with his team, the Kodak Reds, for which he serves as a player/manager. The RHBB World Series is held every fall in Fort Myers, Florida and includes tournament brackets in age groups ranging from players 35 years and older all the way to 75+ years and older.

     Over the years one of the “coolest” things has been the opportunity to play alongside and against several former Major Leaguers including Mike Marshall, Bret Saberhagen, Pete Falcone, Don Carmen, Dante Bichette, Jose Contreras and Bill Lee. “The Spaceman is still a crotchety old guy,” according to Coach. “Do NOT bunt on him! But he can still throw it.” This past year, 2018, they faced Doug Flutie’s team for the 2nd time in the past few years. Facing the former NFL and CFL star, who was the Boston Goodfellas starting pitcher that day, Coach Haynes welcomed him to Fort Myers with 3 consecutive hits in a Reds victory. “Doug Flutie’s a super guy,” he said. “He was so gracious with several of our players and fans who asked for photos and autographs.”

     His Reds have played in the Roy Hobbs Championship game in one division or another seven times, finally winning their first World Series in 2015 and following up with a second title in 2017.

  • ​Coach more than 30yrs

  • Asst Coach Fulton High School 2009

  • Northview Academy Middle Coach

  • Attended and played at Halls High School

  • 20+ years playing in Adult Baseball League 

  • Player/Manager with Kodak Reds - Adult Baseball League

  • Annual trips to Roy Hobbs World Series with Kodak Reds

  • Won Roy Hobbs Championship 2015, 2017   

 Jeff Morgan
Assistant Baseball Coach

     Coach Morgan comes to us from New Hampshire where he attended Laconia High School and Plymouth State University. Coach Morgan spent one season as a graduate assistant on the Plymouth State University coaching staff before moving to the East Tennessee area in 2004. Coach Morgan has accumulated 10 years of coaching experience in the East Tennessee area at all levels. In 2005, Coach Morgan started his coaching career at Webb School of Knoxville where he was the Head JV Coach and Varsity Pitching Coach. He helped guide Webb School of Knoxville to the 2010 State Championship and back again in 2011 as a runner up. Coach Morgan also ran the summer program for Webb during his 6 years.

      Coach Morgan continued to play post his collegiate career having played in an adult mens league in the Knoxville area where he filled player and coach roles in a span of 10 years.

      After a break to focus on his children and family, Coach Morgan got back into coaching at Hardin Valley Academy. In his two years at Hardin Valley, Coach Morgan filled Assistant and Head JV Coach positions. Coach Morgan also currently coaches his two children in several youth programs in the East Tennessee area. 

      Coach Morgan is married to his wife Jennifer and has two children, Brady and Tyler. 


“ The best part of coaching is the relationships you build with your players, sharing the successes and failures on/off the field, all while helping them accomplish their goals and hopefully becoming better men “


Athletic / Coaching Accomplishments:

              ●  1996 All State ( New Hampshire - Baseball )

              ●  1997 All State ( New Hampshire - Baseball )

              ●  1998 All State ( New Hampshire - Baseball )

              ●  1998 Twin State Games Selection vs Vermont ( noted as top 10 in state )

              ●  1998 Boston Globe All-Academic Team

              ●  2001 First Team All - Conference (Little East Conference) Plymouth State Baseball

              ●  2000 Little East Conference (LEC) Rookie of the Week

              ●  2002 Tryouts for Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates

              ●  2002 Holder of 5 All-Time Pitching Records at Plymouth State University at Graduation

              ●  2003 Graduate Assistant Plymouth State University

              ●  2004 Yard Baseball Summer Team Assistant Coach             

              ●  2008 - 2010 Webb Baseball Summer Team Coach  

              ●  2008 Vice President of KISL (Knoxville Independent School League)

              ●  2010 President of the KISL (Knoxville Independent School League) which has 24 Private                           Schools in the greater Knoxville area

              ●  2010 Webb High School Baseball State Champion (Assistant Coach)

              ●  2011 Webb High School Baseball State Runner-up (Assistant Coach)

              ●  2008 - 2014 (10 Time Champion KISL League/Division) Saint Joseph School Director of                             Athletics

 Ricky Howell
Assistant Baseball Coach

     Coach Howell comes to us from Cookeville, TN. Coach Howell is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff. Coach Howell has 12 years of coaching experience at all levels. 


Coach Howell's coaching career started at Monterey High School where he served as an assistant on Back to Back District Championship Teams. From 2004-2006 Coach Howell served as the Head JV Coach for Cookeville High School. In 2013 Coach Howell was named as an assistant coach on the Carter High School staff and helped guide them to the 2013 District 3AA Championship. 

Coach Howell brings a working knowledge of all aspects of baseball but specializes in catching. As a player Coach Howell was the starting catcher for Cookeville High School where he was recognized an All-District player, recipient of the Brian Wasik ( Hustle/Leadership Award ) and was named Best Defensive Player in 1996.      

Coach Howell is Married to his wife Taylor and has a son named Cason


Athletic / Coaching Accomplishments:

  • 1994 Played on East/West Ambassadors USA Team. Played in Germany with players from across the country. 

  • 1996- All-District 7AAA

  • 1996 Hustle/Leadership Award

  • 1996 Best Defensive Player Award

  • 2002-2003 District 7A Champions ( Asst Coach ) 

  • 2004-2006 Cookeville High School Head JV Coach

  • 2007 Avery Trace Middle School ( Asst Coach )

  • 2009 Rhea Middle School in Dayton, Tn ( Asst Coach / Head JV Coach ) 

  • 2009 SETAC Champions ( Asst Coach / Head JV Coach )

  • 2013-2018 Carter High School ( Asst Coach ) 

  • 2013 District 3AA Champions ( Carter High School ) 

  • 2019 West High School ( Head JV Coach ) 

Sam Springer
Assistant Baseball Coach

     Coach Springer is a 2016 Graduate of West High School. Coach Springer signed with Lipscomb out of high school before transferring to the University of Tennessee to pursue his baseball and career asperations, all while Majoring in Accounting. 


     At West High School Coach Springer was a 2 time NABF All - American, a 4 time All - District Selection, 2 time Team MVP and was an Honorable Mention to the 2016 Rawlings - Perfect Game Team of the Southeast Region. 


     As a Freshman at the University of Tennessee Coach Springer appeared in five games for the Vols and was a 2018 Spring SEC  Academic Honor Roll selection. 


Coach Springer recently got engaged to Alyssa Moore

Athletic / Coaching Achievements

  • Graduated from West High School

  • University of Tennessee Pitcher

  • Two-time NABF All-American

  • Four-time All-District

  • Two-time team MVP

  • 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Southeast Region Honorable Mention

  • 2018 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll

  • Appeared in five games as a true freshman for the Vols

  • Did not allow a run or a hit in 0.2 innings of work in a 9-2 win over Belmont (4/3)

  • Tossed a perfect inning of relief in 17-3 win at Western Carolina (3/27)

  • Struck out two in 0.2 innings of work in his collegiate debut against James Madison (3/7)