Inductee — Bob Warn

warnBob  Warn

Class of 2000




In 2000 he entered his 25th season as the coach of the Indiana State University Sycamores. A former collegiate outfielder at Southern Illinois he quickly put his own brand of Sycamore baseball on the field beginning in 1976. He has carved out an enviable 871-541-8 record at ISU. Combine that with a three-year mark of 104-38 at Iowa Western, a 50-9 mark at Ft. Polk, La. (U.S. Army), and a 10-0 record at the junior varsity level at Western Illinois and you have an amazing 1035-588-8 record.

In 1985 he led the Sycamores to a school record 57 wins, and trips to the NCAA post-season tournament in 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1995. In 1986 his squad made an appearance in the College World Series. His teams have captured the MVC Title six times. He has been selected as the MVC Coach of the Year on three occasions, and was the District Coach of the Year in 1986. In 1990 he was inducted into the Iowa Western Hall of Fame.

He has been very active in the ABCA passing through the chairs to eventually serve as the president of the association in 1997-98. Coach Warn has served on numerous committees for the ABCA and still serves as a member for the Board for NCAA Baseball Tournament Selections.

Coach Warn is in frequent demand as a baseball clinic speaker, an after dinner and motivational speaker. His enthusiasm is undaunted as he espouses hard work and clean living. A sign in his office presents the ISU philosophy, “nothing great is achieved without enthusiasm”.

Not only has Bob coached in the College World Series he had the privilege to play in one also. In 1968 he had the opportunity to play in the CWS for Southern Illinois

Baseball in the Warn household is a staple. His wife Bonnie loves sports and has been involved in the ISU program as well as coach. Their three sons all play, or have played the game. Brian, 25, played second base for the Sycamores for three seasons. Brad, 22, is currently an infielder for ISU, and Barry played at West Vigo High School.

When he began playing organized ball at age 12 he wore number 14, the number he still wears today. 14 was the number because “it was the only number I could stick in my pants and they could still read the number on my back.”