Travis Jewett is in his fourth season serving as Washington State University's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator after joining the Cougar staff in the summer of 2004.
A WSU graduate, Jewett is a Washington native (Tacoma), knows the community college and high school programs as well as anyone, and brings an extensive coaching background to the Cougars and head coach Don Marbut's staff.
In 2007, under Jewett's guidance, six Cougar regulars batted .300 or better and five hitters were named Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention.
In 2006, Jewett sparked a turnaround in the Cougar hitting fortunes as the offense had a breakout season. Under his leadership, Cougar hitters connected for 649 hits, the most since the 1991 season. WSU also batted .310, the highest team batting average since 1991 (.320). Jay Miller became WSU's all-time leader with 307 career hits. Additionally, freshman Jared Prince, who was recruited primarily as a pitcher out of high school, led the Pacific-10 Conference in hitting with a .401 average. Both players earned All-America status in 2006, the first All-Americans Jewett coached at WSU.
The personable Jewett grew up in the Tacoma area, graduated from Stadium High school, played baseball at Lower Columbia College, and served in a variety of coaching roles at two Washington senior colleges and two community colleges, all before joining the staff of his alma mater.
Included in Jewett's resume are three seasons as an assistant coach for Steve Hertz at Gonzaga University (1998-2001) and three seasons coaching at the University of Washington (2002-04), prior to arriving at WSU.
At Washington, Jewett coached infielders and occupied the third base coaching box. In 2004 he helped guide the Huskies to a 39-20-1 overall record, and a second place finish in the Pac-10. In his three seasons at Washington, the Husky defense ranked among the league's best, finishing with fielding percentages of .974, .978 and .972.
Gonzaga's defense during his three years with the Bulldogs also was among the best in the West Coast Conference. His 2001 club posted a school-record .966 fielding percentage while capturing its division of the WCC.
Jewett began his coaching career in the Tacoma area in the early 1990s, coaching the Tacoma Stags, an area select team, and two American Legion teams.
He spent three seasons at Tacoma Community College, first as an assistant coach in 1994, then two years as head coach during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
The next year he took over the program at Edmonds Community College, guiding ECC during the 1997 and 1998 baseball seasons. During his 1998 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 both the Northern Division and NWAACC championships.
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.
Jewett and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Tanner (10) and Tommy Mac (7).