WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College has found the man to run its reinstated baseball program, and it’s a familiar face to Douglas County sports fans.
Jeremiah Robbins, a 1990 graduate of Douglas High School in Winston and the current head coach at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, was selected by UCC.
Robbins, 46, is in his sixth season at LCSC and will resign there at the end of the season. He guided the Warriors to the NAIA championship game the past five years, winning titles in 2015, ’16 and ’17.
Lewis-Clark State is 24-5 this season and ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 poll.
UCC Athletic Director Craig Jackson said Robbins was picked out of a final pool of four candidates.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Robbins to Umpqua Community College,” said Jackson. “His coaching success is almost unparalleled and he’s excelled at all levels of baseball. There are five qualities you want when hiring someone, and a local person is always advantageous. To have that along with everything else he brings is a huge bonus.”
UCC announced in January it would bring back baseball (the school dropped the sport in 1985), and track and field (dropped in 1996). The Riverhawks won’t begin competitive play in the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Southern Region until 2020, so Robbins will have a year to recruit a team.
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