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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   

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 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 )