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.
Matt Antos is currently in his 5th year of coaching collegiate baseball and his second at Wabash Valley as the pitching coach. In 2014, Antos' staff won 48 games and was 6th in the country in strikeouts (452), averaging 8.44 per game. Antos guided Louisiana Tech signee, Phillip Diehl, who was chosen to pitch for the US National Team and received the Great Rivers Atletic Conference Pitcher of the Year award. Wichita State commitment Zach Lewis earned All Region honors and was inked as a 2nd Team All-American. The Pittsburgh Pirates took Lewis in the 33rd round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft.
The 3 years prior to Wabash Valley, Antos served as the volunteer assistant coach at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW). There he assisted with the pitching staff while also working with the outfielders. Throughout 2010 to 2013, Antos saw one of his players sign a professional contract, 5 become second team all-conference (Summit League) selections, and had 2 players become Capitol One Academic All-American District V selections.
Antos has helped make vast improvements to the IPFW pitching staff. In 2012, the staff broke the single season record for strikeouts in school history, had pitcher log the 2nd most innings in a single season, and also had a pitcher break the school record for saves. In the 2011 season, the IPFW pitching staff finished 2nd in the nation in Division I in complete games (15), while a pitcher also finished 2nd in the nation for complete games individually (7). Also in 2011, the staff lowered their ERA by 2 full runs from the previous season.
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.