Coaching Staff

Shawn Hughes

Shawn Hughes

Head Coach

Shawn Hughes spent 18 years coaching college baseball at the NCAA D2 and NJCAA D1 level. For 11 years he was the Assistant Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Cisco College in Texas (2004-2015). 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 last four years he was there.

Prior to Cisco, Shawn was the Assistant Baseball Coach at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas for six years (1999-2004), and the Pitching Coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas one year (1998). Hughes played seven seasons of minor league ball, where he was 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 received certification as a Strength and Conditioning coach with the NSCA in 1999 and spent the 2001 season as a strength coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ AAA team in Las Vegas. Shawn has also spent two years as a personal trainer, two 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.

Recently Shawn has taught classes and done academic advising at Pellissippi State Community College and has worked with a local high school as the S&C coach for their baseball team. He has also coached youth teams and done private instruction at BC Athletics in Knoxville, TN.

He and his wife, Angela, have one son, Griffith.

Phone: (254) 631-7444

Email: sh@bcathleticsknox.com 

Brett Carroll

Brett Carroll

Owner

Brett Carroll is a Knoxville native and Bearden High School graduate. Brett received a baseball scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University where he was a 1st team All-Conference player and was drafted in 2004 during his junior year by the Florida Marlins.

In June 2007, Brett made his major league debut with Marlins on Father’s Day against the Kansas City Royals. His professional career spanned over 11 years with parts of six years in the Major Leagues with the Marlins, Nationals, and Brewers and also spent time in the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Pirates organizations.

Brett’s first Big League home run came against Hall of Fame pitcher, Randy Johnson. He is the only player in MLB history to hit a home run and triple off Randy Johnson in the same game.

In the fall of 2011, Brett was invited to play for TEAM USA in the World Cup and Pan American Games where he won a Silver and Bronze medal.

Brett’s desire and passion is to help develop and impact the next generation of student athletes by making a difference in their lives both on and off the field.

Brett is married to his wife Heather and has 2 daughters, Bailey and Georgia.

Nate Burns

Nate Burns

Pitching Coaching

Nate Burns is coming to the BC Athletics Post Graduate Organization after coaching at the NCAA Division III level the last three years.

Before arriving in Knoxville, Nate spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons at nationally ranked Swarthmore College. While fulfilling Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator duties, the Garnet had two All-Conference pitchers in 2019 and saw inmprovements from a team that had been to the College World Series in 2018. Before the shortened end of the 2020 season, the Swarthmore pitchers had a tearm ERA of 1.92 in the 12 games played and were showing major improvements from the previous year.

Nate spent the 2018 season at Elizabethtown College where his primary duty was to oversee and develop the pitching staff. In his first year leading the pitchers, the Blue Jays tabbed two pitchers on the Landmark All-Conference list. Prior to his time at Elizabethtown, Burns worked as an intern coach at Pro5 Baseball Academy based out of Holly Springs, NC where he assisted with the development of some of the area’s premiere athletes.

Burns is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management as well as Biblical Studies. The Lancaster native was a three-year team captain and helped lead the Chargers to the school wins record in 2016 as well as being awarded Northeast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team All NEAC in 2017.

Nate is bringing experience with pitching development along with some new trends in data/analytics. He also has a true passion for developing character men with a drive for success on the baseball field.

Mario Jimenez

Mario Jimenez

Hitting Instructor

After working out for 25 different colleges in high school, no school offered Mario a spot on their roster. He finally found a school 2,000 miles from home and eventually turned that opportunity into a pro playing and coaching career.

Since his playing career ended, Mario has worked as a consultant to some of the top baseball entities in the country.

Mario brings tremendous experience serving as a hitting consultant for professional baseball players from 14 different MLB teams. His clients have included a National League Rookie of the Year, World Baseball Classic MVP award winner and three 1st round picks in the MLB Draft.

He’s also served as the Executive Vice President of Redeemed Sports Management, a sports agency that has represented players from three professional teams.

He’ll be developing a hitting curriculum for players at BCA that will reflect the success he’s had at the Major League level.

Tyler Orr

Tyler Orr

Coach/Recruiter

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.
Jesse Cragwall

Jesse Cragwall

Team Chaplain/Outfield Coach

Jesse Started his collegiate baseball career at Carson-Newman before transferring to Maryville College, where he was a 3-time All-Conference and All-South Region outfielder. His other accolades include being ranked seventh in the nation in stolen bases in 2001, being named MVP of the 2002 Great South Athletic Conference Tournament, and making the 2002 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star team.

After graduating in 2003, Jesse enlisted in the military and received his commission as an officer in the Army in 2007. Jesse’s military service includes deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as assignments with Special Operations Command, Africa and U.S. Army, Europe.

Along with serving in the military, Jesse has worked in vocational ministry for several years. His primary role with BC Athletics is serving as the organization’s Chaplain. Although Jesse loves encouraging young players to better themselves on the field, his primary passion is seeing them develop a personal relationship with Christ that will last well beyond their careers in baseball.

Jesse currently teaches full-time at Pellissippi State Community College and is an adjunct professor with Tennessee Tech University.

Dustan (D-Block) Kendrick

Dustan (D-Block) Kendrick

Speed/Agility Coach

Dunstan Kendrick, “D–BLOCK”, specializes in athlete performance, fitness training and position specific quarterback coaching. Dunstan was a 4 year letter man at Western Carolina (1999 – 2002). Graduate Assistant Strength & Condi­tioning Coach at University of Tennessee (2002 – 2003). Graduate of Western Carolina University Bachelor of Science – major: sports management with concentrations in exercise science/ fitness management; minor: marketing (2003).

D owns his own training business, D-Block.

Brandon Agamennone

Brandon Agamennone

College Recruiting consultant/Pro Scout

  • High School All-American
  • Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year in Maryland
  • Member of 1993 State and National Championship Team at Arundel HS
  • Scholarship recipient to University of Maryland and two year Captain of the baseball team
  • Member of 1997 Cape Cod League Champion Wareham Gatemen
  • 20th round draft pick by Montreal Expos in 1998.  Played 7 years professionally for the Expos, Orioles and Pirates
  • Member of 1999 AA Eastern League Championship Team
  • Founder of Pro Source Athletics
  • Co-Founder of Baseball Prodigy
  • Author of “Pitching Prodigy: Unleashing Greatness On The Mound”
  • MLB Scout for the World Champion Boston Red Sox
Kimber Jimenez

Kimber Jimenez

Administrative Director

Kimber graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She taught in a mainstream classroom for three years as a lead teacher. She transitioned into a leadership position and oversaw the admissions department of a private school.

Over the last five years she has assisted families in the enrollment steps, such as applying for entrance, administering placement testing, reviewing transcripts, conducting financial consultations, awarding financial aid and presenting the applicant to the admissions board for vote. She has enrolled hundreds of new and re-enrolling families, managed and mentored teams, and implemented online solutions.

She is honored to be a part of the BCA team and is excited to guide families through the admissions process as well as oversee our administrative programming. Email contact: Kj@bcathleticsknox.com.

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