Photos of Vanderbilt's 7-1 win over Georgia Tech in the Nashville Regional Championship game. Photos by Joe Howell.
Travis Jewett begins his second season as the Commodores hitting coach and recruiting coordinator after a very successful first season on West End in 2013.
The Commodores' offense clicked under Jewett's guidance in 2013 with the Dores improving in virtually every offensive category hitting .313 as a team - 45 points higher than 2012 - to lead all Southeastern Conference teams. Vanderbilt also led the SEC in slugging percentage (.439), on-base percentage (.407), runs scored (459), RBI (418), triples (17), walks (295) and stolen bases (139). Along with the team successes, multiple individuals produced career years under Jewett for the first time. Tony Kemp was named SEC Player of the Year after hitting a career-best .391 and posting an on-base percentage of .471 in his final year in Black & Gold. Connor Harrell bounced back from a tough junior season to be the Commodores' main source of power with a team-high 12 home runs. Harrell hit a career-best .312 while driving in 67 runs, sixth-most in school history.
Jewett's leadership with the team's outfielders molded the Commodores' outfield into one of the best in the nation in 2013 with seniors Jack Lupo, Connor Harrell and Mike Yastrzemski roaming the `green ocean' during the year. Harrell and Yastrzemski started all 66 games in center and right field, respectively.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Jewett spent the previous three years at Arizona State, where he oversaw the Sun Devils' hitters and recruiting while serving as Associate Head Coach.
Jewett coached in the Pac-12 for 11 seasons prior to his arrival on West End spending five years at Washington State and three seasons at Washington along with three at Arizona State. At WSU he helped lead the Cougars to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2009, their first since 1990. Prior to coaching at WSU, Jewett spent three years at Washington coaching infielders and third base. The Huskies made the NCAA Tournament in each of Jewett's three seasons (2002-04), reaching the Regional finals all three years.
Jewett served as an assistant coach at Gonzaga from 1999-2001, helping lead the Bulldogs to a West Coast Conference division title in 2001.
Jewett's three seasons at Arizona State saw the Sun Devils go 131-48 (.732), including a trip to the College World Series in 2010 that ended with a loss to eventual champion South Carolina. The Sun Devils offense produced under Jewett, hitting over .300 as a team during his tenure and averaging nearly seven runs per game winning the Pac-10 league title in 2010 and hosting NCAA Regionals in each of his first two years.
The 2012 season saw Arizona State finish with a 36-20 mark, including an 18-12 record in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils hit 42 home runs and scored 339 runs with a .443 slugging percentage. The team finished the season winning 12 of its final 16 games. Joey DeMichele's .336 average paced the team and Abe Ruiz led the way with 13 home runs. DeMichele and Deven Marrero were both selected as All-Pac-12 performers.
In 2011, the Sun Devils finished 43-18 with a 17-10 mark in Pac-10 play to finish second in the league. The squad hit .301 as a team led by Joey DeMichele's .368 average and nine home runs. Following the season five Sun Devils earned All-Pac 10 honors with Deven Marrero being named the Defensive Player of the Year and DeMichele earning All-American status. As a team the Sun Devils led the Pac-10 in home runs (37), slugging percentage (.444) and stolen bases (99). Arizona State hosted and swept through the NCAA Regional before falling at Texas in the Super Regional round in three games.
Arizona State was a powerhouse in 2010 winning the Pac-10 title with a 20-7 mark and earning the top national seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team swept its way through Regionals and Super Regionals and into the school's 22nd College World Series. Offensively, Jewett's hitters posted a .337 team batting average while belting 68 home runs and scoring 520 runs. The club also swiped the third-most bases in school history with an amazing 136 steals.
His three-year stint at Arizona State saw 31 players drafted; including first round pick Deven Marrero in 2012. Of the 31 Sun Devils selected during Jewett's tenure 19 were position players.
During his time at Washington State he helped lead the Cougars from a 1-23 Pac-10 record in his first year to a 19-8 mark to finish second in the league in his final season in Pullman. The Cougars made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in nearly 20 years in 2009, playing in the Norman, Okla. NCAA Regional. Jewett coached two Cougars to All-American honors and three earned All-Pac 10 recognition. One of those players to earn All-American and All-Pac 10 honors was Jay Miller, who broke the WSU school record for hits in a career with 307.
At Washington State, 15 Cougars were selected in the major league baseball draft during Jewett's five seasons.
While at Washington the Huskies went 114-65-2 in Jewett's three seasons. He instructed the infielders and coached third base for the Huskies while helping lead the hitters. Nine players earned All-Pac 10 honors, including Tim Lincecum, with four players earning Freshman All-American accolades (Aaron Hathaway, Kyle Larsen, Brent Lillibridge and Lincecum).
During his tenure with Washington 17 Huskies were drafted by major league baseball.
At Gonzaga, Jewett was in charge of the infield and coaching third base while assisting with the offense. Eight players were named First Team All-West Coast Conference during Jewett's time in Spokane with Barry Matthews earning All-American honors. Gonzaga won the WCC regular season title in Jewett's final season after finishing second the previous two seasons.
With the Zags, Jewett helped four players be drafted in his three seasons.
During his coaching career, Jewett has coached numerous major leaguers, including Jason Bay, Brent Lillibridge, Bo Hart, Sean White and 2008 and 2009 Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.
Jewett coached with Joe Ross at Washington and Mark Machtolf at Gonzaga, both Ross and Machtolf served on Tim Corbin's 2006 Team USA staff.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Jewett began his collegiate coaching career at Tacoma Community College, first as an assistant in 1994 followed by two years as the head coach. He was the head coach at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College for two seasons, earning NWAACC Coach of the Year and National Junior College Coach of the Year honors in 1998.
Jewett is a 1993 graduate of Washington State. He played two seasons at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. before finishing his degree at WSU, where he did not play baseball.
He and his wife, Tracy, live in Brentwood with their two sons, Tanner and Tommy.