Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen introduced Travis Jewett, who has spent the last four years at Vanderbilt University helping build a national baseball powerhouse, as the 24th head coach of the Tulane Green Wave baseball program on Thursday, July 14.
Jewett becomes just the fifth head coach to man the Green Wave dugout as head coach since 1967, joining Milt Retif (1967-74), Joe Brockhoff (1975-93), Rick Jones (1994-2014) and David Pierce (2015-16).
Jewett owns an impressive resume, as he has been one of the top assistants in Division I since 1999. The native of Tacoma, Washington, has made stops at Vanderbilt (2013-16), Arizona State (2010-12), Washington State (2005-09), Washington (2002-04) and Gonzaga (1999-2001). Prior to moving to the DI level, Jewett served as the head coach at a pair of community colleges in Edmonds (WA) C.C. (1997-98) and Tacoma (WA) C.C. (1995-96). He also served as an assistant at Tacoma C.C. in 1994 before moving into the head coaching role the following year.
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. read more
Billy Jones is in his first season with the Green Wave program after spending the previous four as the head coach of the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Jones has 20+ years of coaching experience.
Prior to joining Appalachian State, Jones spent the previous 14 seasons as a coach at four of college baseball's most elite programs - Oregon State (1999-2000), Arizona State (2001), NC State (2002-04) and Oklahoma State (2005-12).
Jones went 86-130 in one of the most challenging jobs in the country at Appalachian State. Jones helped guide the Mountaineers from the Southern Conference to the Sun Belt Conference before the 2015 season.
In four seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers, Jones coached eight all-conference performers (including First Team All-Sun Belt pitcher Taylor Thurber, Second Team All-Sun Belt second baseman Dillon Dobson in 2015 and Second Team All-Sun Belt shortstop Matt Vernon in 2016), an all-region selection (Hector Crespo in 2013) and one of only three freshman All-Americans in Appalachian State history (Jaylin Davis in 2013). read more
Tighe Dickinson (pronounced Ty) begins his first year with the Tulane baseball program as the team's pitching coach after serving as an assistant coach in both the professional and collegiate ranks.
Dickinson comes to Tulane having spent the beginning of the 2016 season as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians' Short-Season A club, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Indians organization, Dickinson spent time at Florida International, Arkansas State and Washington.
During his career, Dickinson has coached numerous Major League Baseball pitchers including two-time World Series Champion Tim Lincecum, 2013 World Series Champion Jon Lester and 2010 MLB All-Star Evan Meek. ). In all, Dickinson has coached 18 pitchers who have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams. read more
Gabe Boruff enters his first year with the Tulane Green Wave. Boruff comes to Tulane after most recently serving as the head coach of Columbia Basin College during the 2015-16 seasons.
Boruff's 2016 Hawks club posted a 34-14 record, while going 19-9 in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Seven of his pupils were named to the East Region All-Star team, while three were selected to the All-NWAC Team. Infielder Brendan McClary set a CBC wood-bat era record for batting average by hitting .419. Hurler Tanner Simpson posted a team-leading 1.51 ERA, good for second in the league, while outfielder Colton Kelly hit .324 with scoring 35 runs and collecting 25 RBI.
During his first year as a head coach at CBC, Boruff's squad finished the season 32-15. Spencer Binnion led the Hawks with a .349 batting average, while Gunnar Buhner - the son of former Major League All-Star Jay Buhner - hit .313. Hayden Meier (.337) and Joey Cotto (.311) were also heavily responsible for the Hawks' team batting average of .280.
On the mound in 2015, Jacob Gleichman went 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA to pace the pitching staff. read more