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LCSC President J. Anthony Fernandez congratulates baseball coach Jeremiah Robbins on another Avista NAIA World Series title
LCSC President J. Anthony Fernandez congratulates baseball coach Jeremiah Robbins on another Avista NAIA World Series title
 
Baseball - Wed, Jul. 5, 2017

LEWISTON, Idaho – For the third consecutive year, Lewis-Clark State College's Jeremiah Robbins has been named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond NAIA Coach of the Year.

Robbins led LCSC to its third straight Avista NAIA World Series title last month and will be honored at the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet on Jan. 5, 2018 in Indianapolis as part of the 74th annual ABCA convention.

Robbins guided LCSC through perhaps the program's most challenging year in terms of scheduling. The Warriors went 40-14 but had more than a dozen games postponed, cancelled and/or rescheduled because of snow and rain throughout the season. LCSC had its first two home tournaments in February cancelled and wound up instead scheduling a trip to California to kick off the season. Even with that, one of the games in California was rained out.

Still, Robbins helped the team peak at the right time. LC won 15 of its final 16 regular-season games and then went 5-1 in the Series, including a 6-4 win over Faulkner of Alabama in the championship game to win the title. LCSC won four of the five games by three runs or less and used both clutch pitching and hitting to capture the program's 19th Series title overall.

"Individual awards are always a result of a great group of people," Robbins said. " The 2017 Warriors were phenomenal. It was another epic battle this year. I cannot thank our players, coaches, and administration enough. Go Warriors!"

On the year, LCSC finished seventh in the NAIA in home runs per game at 1.39, eighth in fielding percentage at .968 and in doubles per game 2.33, and ninth in RBI per game at 7.48. LCSC was 12th in runs per game average at 8.1.

This year's squad had seven players selected in the Major League draft and another sign a free-agent contract.

In his five years at the helm, Robbins is 230-58 overall (.799 winning percentage), and has led the team to the Avista NAIA World Series championship game each year. After LCSC finished second his first two years, the Warriors have won the last three. LCSC is 22-7 (.759) in World Series action under Robbins.

Robbins won the ABCA/Diamond West Region Coach of the Year award for the fourth straight year. He also has won the NAIA Coach of the Year award twice.