There’ll be a new manager in PSU’s baseball dugout in the Spring. Bob Fornelli was tabbed for the top position by Intercollegiate Athletics Director Jim Johnson following the departure of Tom Myers, who resigned to pursue interests outside of collegiate athletics.

Bob Fornelli

Bob Fornelli

Fornelli brought 22 years of NCAA Division II experience to Pittsburg State, and came to the Gorillas from MIAA rival Emporia State University where he fashioned a 599-266 (.692) record in 15 seasons of leading his alma mater. Fornelli led the Hornets to 13 trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, two appearances in the D2 World Series, and a national runner-up finish in 2009.

“Bob Fornelli is one of the great collegiate mentors among the Division II ranks,” said Johnson. “For him to leave his alma mater and a highly successful program at Emporia to join the Gorillas is a testament to where we see our baseball program headed.”

The Gorillas were invited to play in this year’s NCAA National Tournament. It was their first appearance on the national stage in 16 years.

Fornelli is looking forward to continuing the momentum created by this year’s Gorilla team.

“Tommy (Myers) did a great job in his two years of leading the program,” said Fornelli. “Coach (Steve) Bever and I go way back, as well. I have the utmost respect for him. I’m fired up for this opportunity and excited to begin the process.”

Fornelli has a 905-379 (.705) record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach.