Austin Peay Athletics Introduces Roland Fanning as Head Baseball Coach

Jun 9, 2022

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Roland Fanning,  Oklahoma State baseball staff member for the past three seasons, has been named Austin Peay State University’s 12th head baseball coach, Vice President and Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison announced. 

“It is my pleasure to welcome Coach Fanning, his wife Beverly, and daughters Emery Jo and Eastyn to Stacheville,” said Harrison. “I am confident Coach Fanning will relentlessly reignite the energy and passion around Austin Peay baseball that once led us to 15 Ohio Valley Conference championship seasons and six NCAA tournament appearances. He is an evaluator, a recruiter, and a developer of talent. Those skills will be key to our success as we regain our competitive edge and level up to the ASUN Conference.”

“I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity,” said Fanning. “I want to thank (Austin Peay president) Dr. Licari, Gerald Harrison, and (Senior Director of Athletics) Jordan Harmon for all their hard work during this process. Austin Peay has a great tradition, with great alumni and a fan base that is excited about our baseball program. My wife Beverly and I and our daughters Emery and Eastyn are thrilled to be part of the Clarksville and Austin Peay community!”

Fanning brings 15 seasons as an assistant coach, including eight combined seasons at Oklahoma State and Kentucky, to Austin Peay. While he was on the Cowboys and Wildcats staffs those programs posted three 40-plus win campaigns, with this season’s OSU squad a win away from another 40-win season.

He also has developed top-caliber athletes, with two conference player of the year award winners and 21 All-American Selections. He has seen 56 athletes selected in the MLB Draft, with three chosen in the first round and seven reaching the major leagues.

And yet, the athletes Fanning has coached also have excelled off the field. Over 300 athletes have earned academic honors during Fanning’s coaching career.

The Coalgate, Oklahoma native is completing his third season in his second turn as an Oklahoma State baseball staff member. In his current tenure, he is the Cowboys’ Director of Player Development. In 2021, the Cowboys posted 36 wins and appeared in the NCAA Baseball Tournament at the Tuscon Regional. OSU has 39 wins this season and is positioned to receive an at-large bid in this season’s NCAA Tournament.

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