Robbins era ending soon
LEWISTON, ID —
Like the old saying goes: all good things must come to an end and for Lewis-Clark State baseball, the end of an era will be with the end of the season.
Since 2012, Lewis-Clark State baseball head baseball coach Jeremiah Robbins has been the leader of the Warrior program.
During his time at LC, he’s won three straight World Series titles while playing in five straight championship games.
But all roads end eventually.
“To be with your family and still coach college baseball? That sealed the deal,” Robbins said.
Lewis-Clark State athletics announced on Monday: this season will be his last at LCSC.
Robbins will return home to Roseburg, Oregon, where he’ll be the head coach at Umpqua Community College.
UCC hasn’t had a baseball program since the mid-80s.
Robbins will be tasked to build the program from scratch, something he called “an honor.”
Roseburg, Oregon his where he and wife grew up and where his family currently lives.
“The big thing is, I’m 46 years-old now. I’ come from a big family and the opportunity to be close to them is big,” Robbins said.
A decision that’s been about a week in the making but the most difficult part…
“My relationship with my players is the one thing I really enjoy,” Robbins said. “That’s the hardest part of this decision. We’ve got 42 guys that know me pretty well.”
In the history of NAIA baseball, only one coach has more wins than coach Robbins.
And that is the great Ed Cheff.
Robbins added to what the Cheff started.
“Ed Cheff is someone I have a lot of respect for,’ Robbins said. “A lot of his style of play, I picked up at a young age as a coach. Just to be where he used to be is an honor. It’s been a honor to carry on his tradition here.”
A winning tradition, according to Lewis-Clark State Athletic Director Brooke Cushman.
“The things that he did in the time he was here are unprecedented,” Cushman said. “Every year, he was in the title game. Just very proud of the things that he’s done with the program.”
Cushman also said, the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
In life and in baseball, coming home is always a great feeling.