Bill Fagler is in his eighth season as the head baseball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Fagler was hired in May of 2005, just days after resigning his baseball duties at Northeast High School. Fagler has a 128-139 overall record in seven seasons as head coach of the Prairie Wolves. He has coached NWU to one Great Plains Athletic Conference title, five trips to the GPAC Postseason Tournament and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
Last season, Fagler turned the Prairie Wolves around midseason as they won 10 straight games to earn the No. 3 seed in the GPAC Tournament. The Prairie Wolves won two games in the GPAC tournament before elimination finishing the year 20-22 overall. He coached GPAC Player-of-the-Year Alex Heideman to All-American honors, the first NAIA All-American in school history. Also, he coached two Academic All-Americans and a NCAA Postgraduate Scholar
2011 Fagler picked up his 100th career victory in leading NWU to a 12-24 overall mark. The Prairie Wolves finished 8-14 in the GPAC to place ninth and just missing the postseason tournament for the second consecutive season.
In 2010, Fagler guided the Prairie Wolves to a 13-18 overall mark and a 9-14 GPAC record, finishing ninth in the conference.
The 2009 season was a great year for the Prairie Wolves as Fagler led NWU to one of the best seasons in NWU baseball history. He guided the Prairie Wolves to the most wins in school history, won the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season title and took NWU to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2000. NWU finished 28-13, 18-6 in the GPAC and advanced to Sioux City, Iowa for the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament.
During 2008, he helped NWU to a winning record of 21-20 overall. The Prairie Wolves also finished 13-11 in the GPAC to earn the No. 6 seed in the GPAC Tournament. It was the third straight season that Fagler led the Prairie Wolves to the postseason.
In 2007 he guided NWU to a 20-20 overall record and an 11-13 GPAC record. The Prairie Wolves received the No. 8 seed in the GPAC Tournament and advanced to day two of the tournament with a win over No. 4 Dakota Wesleyan University in an elimination game. The Prairie Wolves were then eliminated by eventual NAIA Region III Champion Northwestern College.
In his first season at the helm, Fagler helped the Prairie Wolves place fifth in the GPAC, their best league finish since 2001. They finished 14-22 overall, 12-9 GPAC.
While at Northeast, Fagler coached his sons, Jeff and Joe, and led the Rockets to a record of 252-209 and six state tournament appearances in 22 years of work. He also served as head coach for Northeast’s American Legion team and had a record of 330-176 in 14 seasons.
Fagler taught physical education, driver education and peer education at Lincoln Northeast and served as commissioner for the Babe Ruth Baseball Association for more than 20 years.
He earned his undergraduate degree in 1971 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also received his Masters of Education in 1975. American Legion Baseball Coach of the Year (1982), Northeast High School Athletic Hall of Fame (1987) and KFOR Sportsman of the Year (1988) are among his many achievements. Fagler and his wife, Mary, reside in Lincoln. Both of their sons are NWU graduates.