Ricky Howell
Assistant Coach

Coaching Profile:

  • 2002-2003 Monterey High School 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)

  • 2022 West High School (Asst. Varsity Coach)

 Coach Howell is entering in to his 3rd year on the West staff and 15th in high school baseball. He spent his first two years as the Head JV Coach. The 2020 season was cut short after 3 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 season saw the JV team post a 15-15 record and a win short of the District Tournament Championship game. Coach Howell will be taking the step back into a varsity assistant role for the 2022 season. 


 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 and coach Butch Chaffin, 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 also played on the East West Ambassadors USA team with players from all across the country in Switzerland and Germany in 1994.


 Coach Howell is from Cookeville, TN and is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University. He is a 7th grade science teacher, BETA Club, and FCA sponsor at Carter Middle School. He currently lives in Mascot, TN  and is married to his wife Taylor, and has two sons, Cason (3), and Cale (6/12/21)


 Russell Mayes
Assistant Coach

Coaching Profile:

  • 1997-2012 Assistant Coach at Fulton High School.

  • 2010 Fulton High team had its first and only winning record (16-10) since 1995, and defeated eventual State Champion, Gibbs High School.

  • Started the Fulton Summer Baseball Program

  • Assistant Coach on Lenoir City High School baseball summer team under Coach McNish.

The West High School Baseball Program welcomes Coach Russell Mayes to this years staff as the JV Assistant Coach. Coach Mayes brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game to our staff and is a welcomed addition to our staff!

Coach Mayes was an assistant Coach for the Fulton High School Falcons for 16 years (1997-2012) under Head Coaches Dave Pollard, Rob Black, and Raymond Skeen. In 2010, Fulton had one of their programs best seasons with a 16-10 record, the first winning record since 1995, and they earned a victory over district foe and eventual TSSAA State Champion Gibbs Eagles. Mayes was also the founder of the Fulton Summer Baseball League. 

In addition to baseball, Coach Mayes was an assistant coach for the Fulton Softball team from 2015-2016, with the Lady Falcons finishing 3rd in the district and finishing with a winning record in 2016. He is also an assistant coach on the Fulton Football team, SID, and radio announcer and has been from 2004-Present. 

Media Accomplishments

  • -Loudon High School Football Play by Play Announcer on WLIL 1998-2003.

  • -Fulton High School Football Play by Play Announcer on WKCS 2004-present

  • -Public Address Announcer for Knox Co. Football (2000-present) and Basketball (1997-present) Jamborees.

  • -Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA)

  • -TACA Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star Game Media Coordinator, 2007

  • -TACA East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic Media Coordinator, 2007-present

Coach Mayes is a graduate of Fulton High School (1995) and the University of Tennessee (2003). He is the Audio/Visual Production Teacher and WKCS Radio Station Manager at Fulton High School (2004-Present) He is married to his wife Lauren and has two children, Reagan (8) and Anderson (5).

 Cameron Mitchell
Assistant Coach