Rob Fournier is entering his 19th season as the Wabash Valley College Head Baseball Coach. A 1994 graduate of MacMurray College (B.S. Psychology and Physical Education), Fournier is looking forward to continued success with the Warrior team.
During his 18 years as Head Coach at WVC, Fournier's teams have experienced a lot of success on the field and in the classroom. In his first year, he helped turn around a 12 - 34 team in 1996 to a 37 - 16 mark in 1997. Since then the standard of winning has remained intact. In the past 18 seasons the Warriors have been ranked consistently in the top 25 in the country. His teams have won 30 or more games every year. The Warriors have also been able to win 7 regular season Great Rivers Athletic Conference titles, and have consistently finished among the top 3 teams in the highly competitive GRAC Division One NJCAA Conference. Fournier has won the GRAC Coach of the Year Award seven times ('00, '02, '08, '10, '11, '13, '14).
More than wins and losses, Fournier has stood by the importance of moving kids on to the next level. "That doesn't happen without pushing kids to do well in the classroom," Fournier says. "We push all of our players to earn an A.A. (Associate of Arts) degree so they have the opportunity to move on to the 4 year college level, and/or to professional baseball." In the past 18 seasons the Warriors have been able to send players to schools such as the SEC, Big 12, MVC, C-USA, Sun Belt, Big 10, A-Sun, OVC and many other 4 year colleges. Sending players to the professional level has been just as successful as Fournier has had the opportunity to help 60 players be drafted or signed professionally.
Aaron Biddle enters his first season with the Wabash Valley baseball program. Aaron comes to Wabash Valley after spending the previous eight seasons at Brescia University including the last five seasons as the program's Head Baseball Coach.
When asked about joining the program Biddle said, "I'm very excited to be joining a great program with a great tradition. The level of success that Coach Fournier has achieved here has been incredible. I look forward to helping the coaching staff continue the tradition of not only winning baseball, but of helping these student-athletes to further their educations and achieve their goals of getting to the next level."
While at Brescia, Biddle recorded the second most wins in school history for a Head Coach, while leading his club to a school record 35 wins in 2014 and earning KIAC Coach of the Year. Biddle's teams saw14 players named 1st Team All-Conference, 15 players named 2nd Team All-Conference, six Conference Gold Glovers, Two Conference Freshman of the Year, One Conference Player of the Year, One Conference Pitcher of the Year, One Male Athlete of the Year and One Second Team NAIA All-American.
Bobby Segal, a former catcher at Indiana University, is in his eighth year as a collegiate coach, fourth season as a recruiting coordinator and third campaign at Wabash Valley College. He works with the Warrior hitters and catchers in addition to coaching third base.
In seven years at the collegiate level, Segal has helped his schools to a 372-129 (.743) overall record and 116-46 (.716) mark in league play. His clubs have earned five national rankings and made five appearances in national postseason tournaments.
The summer of 2014 brought Segal back to a managerial role in a collegiate summer baseball setting. His return to the Terre Haute Rex (Ind.) of the Prospect League saw him lead the club to an overall record of 37-23. The Rex finished the season leading the league in runs, runs batted in, and walks drawn, while ranking 3rd in both home runs and extra-base hits. The offense was led by centerfielder Manuel DeJesus, who led the PL in hits. Pitching finished 3rd in the PL in earned run average and 4th in batting average against. Early first half success qualified Segal to lead the Western Division All-Stars, including 10 of this own Rex players.
Coach Scott will be entering his first year as a member of Coach Rob Fournier's staff. Brandon comes to Wabash Valley with a very well respected track record of recruiting and developing high level baseball players.
When asked about joining the staff, "I'm excited to begin this new opportunity. I've closely followed Warrior baseball since leaving here after my playing days in 2002. I look forward to helping continue Coach Fournier's vision for Warrior baseball. We strive for 100% graduation rates and 100% four year school placement upon leaving Wabash Valley. Those two things are equally as important to us as winning championships. We will find guys who are the right fit for our program. In talking with Rob about this job, it became evident that Wabash Valley College baseball is ready to make the next step to national dominance. Coach Segal and Coach Antos have done an excellent job bringing in top talent. I am excited to join them and look forward to many more championships being won here at The Valley!"
He began his coaching career at his alma mater Eastern Kentucky University during the 2006-2007 seasons. After spending the 2007 summer as the head coach of the Alleghany County Nitros, Brandon then took the job as the recruiting coordinator/pitching coach at Des Moines Area Community College. During Coach Scott's time at DMACC he saw the players he recruited or coached get drafted 13 times by MLB teams. During that time, 24 players also signed with D1 schools.