Since being named as the tenth baseball coach at Fort Hays State University on July 22, 1996, Bob Fornelli has become the second winningest coach in school history, needing only seven more wins to tie Vern Henricks in total career victories. His .727 winning percentage already ranks him number one among all FHSU coaches. In six years at the helm, the Lenexa, Kansas native has guided the Tigers to a record of 261-98, four NCAA II West Regionals, one College World Series and two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. He also received RMAC Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 2000.
Prior to coming to FHSU, Fornelli spent five seasons as the assistant coach at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, Kansas, where he was in charge of the pitching staff. During his five years as an assistant at BCC, the Grizzlies posted a 195-85 record including a trip to the Junior College World Series in 1994. The 1994 BCC team finished third at the NJCAA World Series. He spent five summers as head coach in the Jayhawk League for the El Dorado Broncos (1996), Wichita Broncos (1995), Topeka Capitals (1994) and Elkhart Dusters (1992-1993). His 1996 El Dorado Broncos team captured the NBC World Series title in Wichita and previous three Jayhawk league teams finished third in the NBC World Series.
A catcher, Fornelli played his junior college baseball at Butler County, earning an Associate of Science Degree in 1987. He played two seasons at Emporia State University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Studies in 1991. He is married to the former Jill Harris of Madison, Kan. The couple has three daughters - Emma, Rylie and Addison.