Sonoma Academy hires former Seawolves standout as baseball coach

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma Academy has hired former Sonoma State standout Travis Babin as the Coyotes’ baseball coach.

A Seawolves pitcher from 2005 to 2008, Babin most recently was a Sonoma State assistant and a youth coach.

Babin replaces Justin Herrguth, who took over the Healdsburg program.

“Travis comes highly recommended from leaders in the baseball community, and he brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach to our program,” said Sonoma Academy athletic director Chris Ziemer. “I’m confident he will do an outstanding job and our student-athletes will enjoy playing for him.”

In his Sonoma State years as a player Babin contributed to the Seawolves’ 2008 run to the NCAA Division II College World Series. Babin was the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament MVP that season. Sonoma State also won the CCAA title in 2007.

Drafted by the New York Mets, he pitched two seasons for the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachian League.

Babin then returned to Sonoma State as an assistant coach on the staff of John Goelz.

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