Travis Graves played a year and half at Eastfield Junior College in Mesquite, Tx (spring of 2007-2008). He was an all-star selection, all-conference, all-region and All-American. Graves was also named Easton Defensive player of the year and won the 2008 Rawlings Gold Glove. He signed with the University of Southern Mississippi where he started for two years (2008-2010). His junior year they won the 2009 Georgia Tech Regional, the 2009 Gainesville Super Regional and made it to the 2009 Men’s College World Series before being eliminated by North Carolina. His senior year Graves was a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award and won the 2010 C-USA Championship. They advanced to the 2010 Auburn regional but got eliminated by Clemson. Graves had a brief stint with the White Sox but after knee surgery decided to hang it up.
Graves got the job as the assistant coach at Eastfield Junior College in the spring of 2011. They won the NJCAA Div III National Championship that year. He joined Southern Miss in 2012 and was a graduate assistant and finished his Master’s degree in the summer of 2012. He then went back to Eastfield College to become the assistant coach as well as teach.
Since his time at Eastfield, he is a 3 time conference champion, coached 9 All-Americans, 18 All-region/All-Conference players, 12 All-Star selections, 1 Gold Glove winner and won a National Championship in 2011.