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After 16 season as a member of the Lubbock Christian University staff as Chap Hitting Coach Bob Fannin enters his 1st season with Vernon College. A former player for LCU in his junior and senior seasons (1983 &1984), Fannin brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience to the position for which he excels on the LCU staff.
He has been hugely instrumental since joining the staff, helping lead the team to four NAIA World Series appearances, including a national championship in 2009, two Heartland Conference regular season titles and two appearances in the NCAA South Central Regional. His hitters are perennially among the best in the country, both for power and average.
Recently among his success with LCU, Lubbock Christian was one of the most powerful teams in Division II during the 2018 season, leading the conference in slugging percentage and ranking 27th nationally in that category. The Chaps also led the Heartland in doubles (29th nationally) and home runs (32ndnationally). The Chaps ranked fourth among NCAA Div. II in 2014 with a conference best .346 batting average and their conference leading 44 home runs ranked 11th in the nation. They led the conference in hits (569) in 2017.
As a player, he was a product of Monterey High School playing under the winningest coach in history, Bobby Moegle, from 1976-78. He made a pair of trips to the state tournament, including a trip to the state title game in 1978 (Monterey fell 6-5 to Houston Bellair). A junior college transfer from Ranger (where he was a 19th round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 1981), Fannin was a part of LCU's 1983 National Championship team and he was drafted later that summer by the San Francisco Giants in the 16th round. In 1984, Fannin was named an NAIA 1st-Team All-American and was drafted once again, this time by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round.
Legendary LCU head coach and College Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Hays called Fannin one of the most powerful hitters he had ever coached.
“I’ve had a lot of home-run hitters,” Hays said. “I’ve only had five who had light-pole power. When (Fannin) hit home runs, he didn’t hit it over the fence; he hit it over the stinkin’ light pole.”
Fannin served as an assistant coach under Hays and began his head coaching career in 2001 when he became the head baseball coach at Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, Texas. He held that post for two years before moving on to Midland Christian High School in Midland, Texas, where he coached for a year before coming to LCU in 2003. Coach Fannin is the proud father of son Luke and daughter Madison.