Travis Jewett Joins WSU Baseball As Associate Head Coach
June 22, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Travis Jewett will join the Washington State baseball program as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced Tuesday. The former Washington assistant coach and WSU graduate took the position that was left vacant after Marbut accepted the head coaching position May 31.
'First and foremost he (Jewett) is an outstanding coach,' Marbut said. 'Of all the people I've been associated with in baseball, he's as good hitting and infield instructor as anyone in the country. The numbers of the teams he's worked with at Gonzaga as well as the University of Washington speak for themselves. He has a local Northwest tie which helps with recruiting and he knows both the Pac-10 and the West Coast Conference as well as anyone.'
'I am very excited about the opportunity to come to WSU and work with coach Marbut, coach Brust and the players,' Jewett said. 'I think we will be highly successful and that the program is only going to improve from this point on.'
Jewett comes to WSU from Washington, where he just finished his third season as an assistant coach. His primary responsibilities with the Huskies were recruiting and coaching the infielders and third base. He helped coach the Huskies in 2004 to a 39-20-1 overall record, second place finish in the Pac-10 and a tie for third place in league play with a .972 fielding percentage.
In 2002, Jewett's first year as the infield coach at Washington, the Huskies finished the year with the second-best fielding percentage in the Pac-10, fielding .974, and finished the 2003 season with a .978 fielding percentage.
Prior to coaching at Washington, Jewett served as an assistant coach to Steve Hertz at Gonzaga where his responsibilities paralleled those at Washington and also included coaching hiters. In his last two seasons the Bulldogs won their division in the West Coast Conference. In 2001, Jewett's last season at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs posted a school record .966 fielding percentage.
Jewett was the head coach at Edmonds Community College for the 1998 season before joining the Gonzaga coaching staff. In his only season with the Tritons, Jewett was named both the NWAACC Coach of the Year and the National Junior College Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association after coaching Edmonds to Northern Division and NWAACC championships.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career at Tacoma Community College in 1995, Jewett served as the head coach of the Tacoma Stags and two American Legion Baseball teams in Tacoma. His Stags team finished second at the 19-and-under World Series.
Jewett is a 1993 graduate of Washington State, where he earned a B.A. in social science. He played two seasons of baseball at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., before transferring to WSU, but did not play baseball for the Cougars.
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