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Travis Jewett

Head Coach

 

Travis Jewett is in his third season as Head Baseball Coach at Tulane. He has tallied a 52-64 record in two seasons, including a 22-25 conference mark.

 

Prior to Tulane, he spent 18 seasons as a Division I assistant coach at Gonzaga, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, and Vanderbilt, where he build a national baseball powerhouse.

 

Jewett is the program’s 24th head coach but just the fifth head coach to lead the Green Wave 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 (Wash.) C.C. (1997-98) and Tacoma (Wash.) 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.

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Daniel Latham

Assistant Coach

 

Former Tulane baseball standout Daniel Latham returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach/pitching coach in June of 2018.

 

Latham, who holds the Green Wave career record for saves, spent the last seven years in the same position at Southeastern Louisiana. Under his tutelage, the SLU pitching staffs have ranked in the top 100 nationally in ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio in each of the last five seasons. In 2018, Latham’s staff ranked 38th with a 3.62 team ERA and sixth nationally with a 3.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel back to Tulane as a member of our coaching staff,” Jewett said. “Daniel brings with him a wealth of experience and success, not only as an alumnus of Tulane, but also as a highly regarded pitching coach and developer of young talent. His success at previous institutions speaks for itself, and we are looking forward to having him back home.”

 

At Southeastern, Latham built one of the most efficient pitching staffs in the nation, earning the distinction as one of only five programs in the nation to finish in the top 30 in ERA from 2014-16. In 2016 the Lions finished eighth in the nation with a 3.01 ERA, 38th with a 2.42 strike-to-walk ratio and 22nd in WHIP. In 2014 and 2015 SLU ranked 27th and 28th in ERA, respectively, and the 2015 squad ranked seventh with a 3.27 strike-to-walk ratio.

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Eddie Smith

Assistant Coach

 

Eddie Smith joined the Tulane baseball staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in the fall of 2017. He also coaches the Green Wave hitters and serves as third base coach.

 

The Olympia, Wash., native spent the previous four years as head coach at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. A graduate of Notre Dame, Smith has also coached at Virginia, Notre Dame and Santa Clara.

 

As head coach at Lower Columbia College, Smith compiled a 146-49 record in four years and led the Red Devils to three straight West Region titles and Northwest Athletic Conference championships in 2015 and 2017. He was named the 2015 ABCA/Diamond Pacific Association Division National Coach of the Year. In addition, 27 players received Division I opportunities after playing at Lower Columbia, and the 2015 team finished the season ranked No. 10 in the country.

 

Smith began coaching as an assistant at Virginia where he helped the program emerge as a national power in baseball, earning three ACC Championships and two College World Series appearances in five years. In 2012 he joined the Santa Clara coaching staff as the hitting and third base coach. He then became an assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2013. After a seven-year hiatus in the national polls, this Fighting Irish team garnered a No. 15 national ranking that season.

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Brian Harris

Assistant Coach

 

Brian Harris joined the Green Wave baseball program as an assistant coach in August 2017.

 

A former All-Southeastern Conference shortstop at Vanderbilt, Harris spent the 2016-17 seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Illinois-Chicago, helping lead the Flames to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2017. He worked with the infielders with the Flames.

 

In his first season at UIC, Harris helped the Flames win 25 games. In addition, six UIC players were recognized as All-Horizon League performers with Harris’ assistance. In 2017, he aided the Flames to the Horizon League Championship, while 10 UIC players earned all-conference honors. UIC finished with the highest fielding percentage in the country.

 

The Nashville, Tenn., native played collegiately in his hometown at Vanderbilt University from 2006-10. After redshirting as a true freshman in 2006, Harris developed into a capable reserve in 2007. He appeared in 29 games and made eight starts while hitting .283 with 12 runs scored.

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