PITTSBURG — Pitt State University announced on Tuesday that they have hired former Emporia State University coach Bob Fornelli to take over as head baseball coach.

Fornelli takes over for Tom Myers, who resigned from the position on May 30 after leading the Gorillas to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in 16 years.

"I am very excited to become a part of the Pitt State family and tradition," Fornelli said in a press release from Pitt State Athletics. "I'd like to thank Jim Johnson and Dr. Scott for this opportunity. I'm looking forward to the upcoming challenges to help the Gorillas be great.”

“Tommy did a tremendous job in his two years leading the program. Coach (Steve) Bever and I go way back as well and I have the utmost respect for him. The most important thing I can say is that I'm fired up for this opportunity and I can't wait to get to Pittsburg and begin this process" added Fornelli.

Fornelli led MIAA rival Emporia State to 13 trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, including two trips to the D2 World Series.

Emporia State won five MIAA regular seasons and two MIAA Tournament crowns under Fornelli.

Fornelli also built an impressive track record at Fort Hays State University. The Tigers won four conference titles under Fornelli, and earned six bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Fornelli is the winningest head coach in FHSU history and sports an all-time 905-379 record in 22 years as a coach.