Corbin finds Vanderbilt's new hitting coach on old contact list

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:08pm
Staff reports

When Tim Corbin was an assistant coach at Clemson, he regularly scoured Travis Jewett’s roster at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College for future Division I baseball players.

Corbin, now Vanderbilt’s head coach, has returned the favor by offering Jewett a job.

On Wednesday, Corbin announced that Jewett is the Commodores’ new hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Jewett replaces Josh Holliday, who left in June to become Oklahoma State’s head coach.

Jewett spent the last three years as Arizona State’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He also made stops at Washington State, Washington and Gonzaga.

“Prior to coaching at Gonzaga and three Pac-10 universities, Travis coached and recruited at programs with limited resources and was very successful,” Corbin said. “Mundane skills such as administrating your own study halls, doing your team's laundry, chasing down every foul ball, jumping on a lawn mower, handling a rake and painting white lines while maintaining harmony with your wife and children are qualities in a coach that are hard to find. This is something that I admire and I want our players around a person like this.”

While with the Sun Devils, Jewett helped Arizona State reached the NCAA Tournament twice and was the No. 1 overall seed in 2010 en route to the College World Series. Jewett also made NCAA Tournament trips with Washington (2002-04) and his alma mater, Washington State (2009).

A native of Tacoma, Wash., his only head coaching experience was at Edmonds Community College, where he was named the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1998.

“I have known Travis indirectly and directly for the last 15 years,” Corbin said. “While at Clemson, we recruited the Northwest and were visible with his program at Edmonds Community College. He coached with a person who I have a tremendous amount of respect for in Mark Machtolf at Gonzaga. Both Mark and [Arizona State coach] Tim Esmay are very fond of Travis as a person, his abilities as a mentor and recruiter.”