WKU baseball coaches end up among elite companies

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Last month, the newly hired WKU Baseball head coach Marc Radin was appointed to Top 20 most influential coaching hires of this offseason by D1Baseball.com. Comes in at No. 11 on the list.

The following week, the newly hired WKU Baseball assistant coach Rob Fournier was appointed to Top 30 Assistant Coach Hires of this offseason by D1Baseball.com, coming in at No. 14.

WKU Baseball is one of seven programs to have a top 15 most impactful head coach hires and a top 15 assistant coach hires alongside Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC. Of the seven, WKU is the only program in the group of five with a top 15 hire on each list.

Rardin on this recognition:
“I think it’s an incredible honor from a DI Baseball media outlet. It’s one of the pillars of our sport. You look at Coach Fournier’s success over all those years at Wabash and mine at Iowa Western, just the recognition at this point is an incredible honor. Then you look at the company we’re in on those lists with the rankings. The reality is that it’s now – that have you done for me lately? So with the excitement being there and without a doubt can help with recruiting wisely, as well as raising awareness, which is always nice, but now it comes down to — it doesn’t matter, it’s better. We’re going to take that and focus on that now.”

While at Iowa Western, Rardin amassed a 983-262 (.787) record, good for averaging over 46 wins, including a conference/regional record of 452-69 (.868) and a record of 122-43 (.739) in postseason play. Over the past 20 years, no other DI junior college baseball program has won more games or more postseason championships than the Iowa Western. Rardin was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Fournier on this recognition:
“We are truly honored and proud to be recognized. Considering the hard work we have done in the past and the challenges we face ahead of us, we are fully prepared to move this program forward in the right direction. We’re extremely excited about the administration, the rest of our staff, and the players we have right now, we just can’t wait to sail this ship.

Prior to joining the WKU, Fournier spent 26 seasons as head coach at Wabash Valley College. During that time, he racked up 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 a 12-win team into a 37-win mark in the 1997 season. Since then, the program has had 26 consecutive winning seasons, recording at least 30 wins in each campaign while collecting 17 seasons of more than 40 victories. Fournier was recently inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame last May.

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