Tony Etnier - Head Coach
Tony came to Rend Lake after serving two seasons as an assistant with the Southern Illinois University Salukis, and two seasons assisting at Blackburn College. With an overall record of 119-80 in his four years as an assistant coach, Tony saw four team members selected in Major League Baseball's amateur draft and three sign free agent contracts.
Tony has been the Warriors Head Coach at RLC since 2006. He was named the 2008 Region 24 Division 1 Coach of The Year after leading his team to the Region 24 Championship, and a spot in the North District Tournament. After eliminating South Suburban in the North District, Rend Lake College was among the last 20 teams in the country still alive when they fell to Iowa Western, who with their victory over Rend Lake advanced to the NJCAA World Series.
In his three years at Rend Lake College, Tony has had three of his players selected in MLB’s amateur draft, two of which signed professional contracts with their organization.
Graduated from Eisenhower High School in Decatur, IL in 1998 where he was a two time all county and all conference selection in baseball.
As a third baseman and pitcher at Olney Central College, Lindsey Wilson College, and Blackburn College, Coach Etnier saw his teams’ compile a record of 138-73 throughout 4 years of intercollegiate baseball. At Blackburn College, Etnier led the Beavers to their first ever conference championship and regional appearance and was named The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “Player of the Year” (2002), while setting single season records for innings pitched, strikeouts, and hits in a game.
Assistant Coach (2008 - Present)
Assistant Coach (2012 - Present)