Jeremiah Robbins is back with the Dr. Stewart’s.
Robbins, who was hired in the spring to resurrect the Umpqua Community College baseball program, was selected by the American Legion Post 16 baseball commissioners on Saturday to replace Scott Shaver.
Shaver resigned on Wednesday after being informed that the commissioners were poised to oust him after 11 seasons leading the Docs. Shaver led the Docs to their first state title since 1986 and their first Legion World Series appearance since 1984 during the 2010 season.
Robbins coached the Docs from 2003 through 2004, posting a 37-18 record. He was an assistant under Al Skinner from 1999-2002.
“It’s exciting,” Robbins said of returning to the Docs. “I respect the men that have ran this program for numerous years and I’m very humbled to be involved. The program is in very good shape. It’s moved forward regardless of the wins and losses and it’s not about the wins and losses, it’s about the development of our community.”
Several members of the 2018 Docs are members of the nascent Umpqua program, and 16 of the 18 players from the 23-23 squad are eligible to return.
Robbins was in attendance at a number of Dr. Stewart’s games over the summer while putting together his initial recruiting class at UCC.
“Every year, all those guys expect it to be a fresh slate,” Robbins said. “I watched the Docs and it was a different sort of year for them. They performed very well for what they did. I was very impressed with what they did. I’m so excited, I think there’s a lot of talent in our community here and the opportunity to be a part of that is very exciting.
“I definitely think the program is in good hands and is being handed off from good hands in what coach Shaver did. I’m stepping into a gold mine.”
Robbins was one of a select few the commissioners considered. He said he was contacted by commissioner Tom Donegan about the position earlier in the week to judge his interest. Donegan announced the hiring Saturday.
Unlike when Robbins was with Dr. Stewart’s in ‘03-04, there is no conflict with his coaching at UCC. Following the 2004 season, Robbins accepted the head coaching job at Western Oregon in Monmouth and due to NCAA rules relating to geographic location, he was unable to continue as the Docs coach.
“I would’ve never left except for my career path with wanting to be in college baseball,” he said. “When the opportunity presented itself, it was the right time to do it, it was the right decision for my career. If it wasn’t for the Doc Stewart’s and to be a coach with them from ‘99 on, I never would have made it to where I am today.”
Robbins won NAIA national championships in 2015, ‘16 and ‘17 at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho. The Warriors played for the title five times in five years under Robbins, who graduated from Douglas High School in 1990.
Robbins, a Douglas High School graduate, spent three summers in the local Legion program as a player, the first with a Class A team in 1988 and the final two with the Dr. Stewart’s in 1989-90.