Fournier Named on Top 30 Assistant Coach Hires of 2022

Fournier honored by D1Baseball.com
Fournier honored by D1Baseball.com(Jack Todd, WKU Athletics)
Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 6:20 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - WKU Baseball Assistant Coach Rob Fournier was named to the Top 30 Assistant Coach Hires of this offseason by D1Baseball.com Fournier comes in at No. 14 on the list.

“It’s difficult to find an assistant hire with as much experience and winning as Fournier,” said Kendall Rodgers of D1Baseball.com “He spent 26 seasons as the head man at Wabash Valley CC, where he accumulated 1,106 career wins and earned 14 league championships. He led Wabash to 26-straight winning seasons and will handle the hitting for new skipper Marc Rardin.”

Before coming to WKU, Fournier spent 26 seasons as the head coach at Wabash Valley College. During that time, he accumulated 1,106 career wins while his Warrior teams won 14 Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC) Championships. In his first year at the helm, he helped turn around a 12-win team to a 37-win mark in the 1997 season. The program has since rattled off 26 consecutive winning seasons, recording at least 30 wins in each campaign while collecting 17 total 40-plus-win seasons.

Fournier’s teams made two NJCAA D1 World Series appearances, earning a third-place finish in 2017 and fourth-place finish this past season in 2022. For his success at the helm, Fournier has won 14 GRAC Coach of the Year awards and was a 2022 inductee into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

Along with team success, Fournier’s tutelage also led to individual success for his student-athletes. During his tenure, Wabash Valley saw over 390 players move on to NCAA Division I programs, while 93 players have been drafted or signed professionally.

Prior to his time at Wabash Valley, Fournier spent two years as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for MacMurray College in 1995 and 1996. In those two seasons, MacMurray produced a 62-22 record while making two regional appearances. Fournier also has professional scouting experience as an associate, spending seven years with the Cleveland Guardians and the past 10 years with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Previously, WKU Baseball head coach Marc Rardin was recognized on D1Baseball.com’s Top 20 Most Impactful Coaching Hires of the offseason on August 10th, coming in at No. 11 on the list.

Full List

1. Wes Johnson, LSU

2. Monte Lee, South Carolina

3. TJ Bruce, TCU

4. Sean Allen, Ohio State

5. Travis Jewett, USC

6. Reggie Willits, Oklahoma

7. Josh Jordan, LSU

8. Nick Schnabel, Clemson

9. Steve Rodriguez, Texas

10. Jimmy Belanger, Clemson

11. Logan Robbins, Notre Dame

12. Rich Wallace, Florida State

13. Ben Greenspan, Michigan

14. Rob Fournier, WKU

15. Seth Cutler-Voltz, Notre Dame

16. Mike Trapasso, UT Arlington

17. Tim Jamieson, Memphis

18. Chuck Ristano, Florida State

19. Jake Valentine, Washington State

20. Taylor Black, Florida

21. Andrew See, Ohio State

22. Karl Kuhn, Charleston Southern

23. Jake Silverman, Washington

24. Daniel Latham, Stetson

25. Kevin Nichols, Middle Tennessee

26. Cory Mee, Western Michigan

27. Matt Fonteno, Cal Poly

28. Adam Brown, College of Charleston

29. Zach Dillon, Baylor

30. Ty Blankmeyer, Duke