Rob Fournier is entering his 21st 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 20 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 19 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, '16).
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 19 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 68 players be drafted or signed professionally.
Coach Fournier has professional scouting experience as an associate, spending 7 years with the Cleveland Indians and the past 6 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. Other coaching experience for Fournier includes two years as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for MacMurray College in 1995 and 1996. In those two seasons MacMurray had a record of 62 - 22 with 2 regional appearances. Fournier spent two years as a shortstop for Ventura Community College (CA) in 1991 and 1992. He then became an All-Conference centerfielder for MacMurray College in 1993 and 1994.
Fournier, 43, is a native of Ojai, California. His wife, Jennifer, is from Ft. Branch, Indiana.
The couple resides in Mt. Carmel, IL.
FOURNIER BY THE NUMBERS
- 20 Straight winning seasons
- (13) 40-win seasons
- 8 Great Rivers Athletic Conference Championships
- 16 straight years ranked in the Top 25
- 8-time GRAC Coach of the Year
- 4 Alumni pitching in Major League Baseball, 18 playing in Minor League Baseball
- Over 150 players went on to play for Division 1 programs
- 829 Career Wins (.721 overall winning perecentage)