Doug Jumelet is back for his 20th season coaching here at American River College. After having spent three seasons as an assistant to Coach Higgins and one under Jason Dana, he returns for his 16th season at the helm. In his first year as an assistant in 2000 the Beavers made their only trip to the Final Four. In the time since the Beavers have had 12 players drafted, over 100 have gone on to play at four- year schools, and 20 have gone on to play professionally, including two in the big leagues.
In addition to his duties as the head coach, Coach Jumelet also runs the offense from the 3rd base coaching box, and handles the outfield coaching duties. Under Coach Higgins, he was the outfield coach for one season, and handled the catchers and was the assistant pitching coach for another. In 1990, he was a 1st team All-Metro 2B his senior year at San Juan High School, also earning 1st team All-Capital Athletic League honors while winning the league batting title for Head Coach Bill Richardson. As a junior, he played mostly 1B for the Spartans. At American River College, playing for ABCA Hall-of-Famer Kevin Higgins, Jumelet was a first baseman and shortstop, and helped lead the Beavers to the 1993 playoffs in the old Camino Norte Conference. He still holds a share of the school record for at-bats in a game with seven, versus Merced College. After leaving the ARC, he went to U.C. Riverside, where he played for Hall-of-Fame Coach Jack Smitheran and current UCR Head Coach Doug Smith. As a shortstop his junior year, the Highlanders went to the D-II College World Series in Montgomery Alabama, finishing 8th in the nation. As a senior, he started the season at third base, before moving back to shortstop, earning honorable mention all-conference honors, helping the Highlanders to a CCAA crown and a #2 national ranking, before being eliminated by UC Davis in the playoffs. He was named to the All-Regional 1st Team in 1995.
As a coach he began his career as a volunteer assistant at UCR in 1996, then was out of baseball until 1999, when he returned to UCR as a volunteer assistant. After earning his Master’s Degree from California Baptist University in 1999, Coach Jumelet returned home to Sacramento, to help out Coach Higgins and lead the Beavers to their first ever Final Four appearance in 2000. That summer, Jumelet coached the Kenai Peninsula Oilers in the prestigious Alaska Baseball League, helping the Oilers to the ABL championship and a 5th place finish at the NBC World Series in Wichita Kansas. Five players from that team made it to the major leagues. Coach Jumelet is very happy to be back here at his alma mater, hopefully leading the Beavers to another post-season berth. Doug and his wife Keri live in Rocklin with their two children, Molly and Jerry.