28 Rick Vanderhook
28 - Rick Vanderhook
Phone: (657) 278-3789
Email: csufbaseball@fullerton.edu
Birth Date: 05/13/1961
Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
High School: Lakewood HS
Previous College: Trinity University
Position: Head Coach (9th Season)
Experience: (271-152)

After two seasons at the helm of the Cal State Fullerton baseball program, head coach Rick Vanderhook quickly ingrained a hard-working philosophy, and he was rewarded with a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season on April 15, 2013. He signed a contract revision on Oct. 13, 2015 which extended his deal through the 2019 season and included an increase in base pay as well as an increased bonus structure for him and his coaching staff.  It also included an automatic extension clause contingent on the Titans reaching the NCAA Super Regional round, which was accomplished last season as Fullerton advanced all the way to Omaha. The appearance marked the team’s 18th trip to the College World Series and the second over the last three seasons under Vanderhook.

The 2019 season was his 29th year as a Titan, and his eighth as the program’s skipper.

During the past eight years, Vanderhook has won four Big West Conference championships, garnered four Big West Coach of the Year awards and guided the Titans to seven straight NCAA postseason appearances. The Titans made their 18th appearance in the NCAA College World Series in 2017 after also leading Fullerton to Omaha in 2015, ending a five-year drought which was the longest in program history.

The individual success hasn’t hindered the team success, as Vanderhook’s head coaching record stands at 298-178 (.626) through the 2019 season.

The 2017 campaign proved to be one of the best coaching jobs of Vanderhook’s career, as he guided a an injury riddled Titan squad back to CWS with an overall record of 39-24, despite serious injuries to preseason All-American pitcher Colton Eastman and slugger Ruben Cardenas. Eastman suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out nearly four months, while Cardenas went through a lower back injury that eventually ended his season.

Fullerton advanced to the NCAA Postseason for the 26th straight season and recorded a 30-win season for the 43rd straight year.

The only thing better than seeing the Titans make the coveted trip to Omaha, was the fact that they were able to knock off long-time rival Long Beach State at Blair Field in the Super Regional round on the way there. The Titans claimed back-to-back wins over LBSU after dropping six of the first seven head-to-head contests vs. them during 2017.

In all, the skipper coached seven athletes to All-Big West honors, including five first teamers in Scott Hurst, Sahid Valenzuela, Brett Conine, Connor Seabold and Dillon Persinger. Valenzuela was also named the league’s Big West Freshman of the Year. Seabold was named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-American Second Team, while Conine was placed on the publication’s third team. He also was a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top closer.

Vanderhook was able to do it again in 2018. After a slow 1-8 start to the season, the team rallied near the end of the season to once again win the Big West Title and secure its 27th straight trip to the NCAA Postseason. And once again, the Titans were sent to Palo Alto for the Stanford Regional and once again were the team to advance to the Super Regionals. The Titans then hosted Washington in the Super Regionals and were just one out away from another trip to the College World Series. 

In 2016, Vanderhook earned his fourth Big West Conference Coach of the Year award in five seasons. He led the Titans to a 36-23 record during the season and a Big West Conference title, the 21st in the program’s history and his fourth in five years.

In 2015, Vanderhook was named the American Baseball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year.

There have been 32 Titans selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in Vanderhook’s six seasons at Fullerton, including seven more in 2017. He has also coached 20 All-Americans and 11 Big West Conference Player of the Year honorees, including the Freshman of the Year in 2017 (Sahid Valenzuela), the Field Player of the Year (Dalton Blaser) and Freshman Pitcher of the Year (Colton Eastman) in 2016.

Vanderhook also led the Titans to a 51-10 record in 2013, the second best winning percentage (.836) in program history, trailing only the national championship squad from 1995 (57-9, .864). The 51 wins were also the fourth most in program history.

In six years, Vanderhook has led the Titans to four conference titles, three Super Regionals appearances and two College World Series appearances. He reached 100 head coaching victories on March 23, 2014 against Long Beach State at Goodwin Field, becoming the second fastest coach in Titans history to reach the mark, doing so in 139 games, four more than Titans legendary coach Augie Garrido.

On June 24, 2011, Vanderhook was announced as the program’s fifth Division I head coach. He will enter his 27th season with the Titan baseball program in 2018, as he’s surpassed Garrido as the longest-serving baseball coach in school history.

Prior to being named the head coach at Cal State Fullerton, in 24 seasons as a Division I assistant coach (21 at Fullerton), Vanderhook accumulated a total of 12 conference championships, 20 postseason appearances, eight Super Regionals appearances, 11 trips to the College World Series and two national championships.

Vanderhook spent the better part of a quarter century under head coaches Garrido, Larry Cochell and George Horton.

He began his coaching career as an assistant to Garrido from 1985-87, serving as the bullpen coach for the first two years before stepping into the third base coaching box and working with the hitters and defense in 1987.  He remained on staff in 1988 under Cochell but then spent two seasons (1989-1990) as an assistant to former Fullerton assistant coach Bill Kernen at Cal State Northridge. Vanderhook returned to Cal State Fullerton with Garrido in 1991 and remained through the 2007 season.

Vanderhook then spent three seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach to John Savage at UCLA, where he helped lead the Bruins to a conference title, a pair of postseason appearances and a runner-up finish at the 2010 College World Series.

A product of the prominent Cerritos College program where he played for Horton, Vanderhook originally came to the Titans in 1983 when he took a redshirt season. He was a member of the Titans’ 1984 national championship team, earning his first of three Cal State Fullerton championship rings.

Vanderhook prepped at Lakewood High School and received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Trinity University in 2003.

Vanderhook and his wife, April, reside in Yorba Linda, Calif., with their daughters, Noelle and Autumn, and their son, R.J.

Eugene • 2012 
Fullerton • 2013
Stillwater • 2014
Fullerton • 2015
Starkville • 2016
Stanford • 2017
Stanford • 2018

Fullerton • 2013
Louisville • 2015
Long Beach • 2017
Fullerton • 2018


2012 Big West Conference Championship
2013 Big West Conference Championship
2013 Fullerton Regional Championship
2015 Big West Conference Championship
2015 Fullerton Regional Championship
2015 Louisville Super Regional Championship
2016 Big West Conference Championship
2017 Stanford Regional Championship
2017 Long Beach Super Regional Championship
2018 Stanford Regional Championship 
2018 Fullerton Super Regional Championship

• 2012 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
• 2013 Big West Conference Coach of the Year 
• 2015 Big West Conference Coach of the Year 
• 2016 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
• 2018 Big West Conference Coach of the Year 


Year School Position Record Pct. Conf. Rec./Place Titles
1985 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 36-32-1 .529 21-9/1st PCAA South
1986 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 36-21 .632 12-9/t-3rd  
1987 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 44-17 .746 18-3/1st PCAA
1988 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 43-18 .705 12-3/3rd Regional
1989 CSUN Asst. Coach 30-19-1 .610 16-12-1/2nd   
1990 CSUN Asst. Coach 39-22 .639 21-9/t-1st Regional, NCAA Runner-up 
1991 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 34-22 .607 15-6/t-1st co-Big West
1992 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 46-17 .730 17-7/2nd Regional, NCAA Runner-up
1993 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 35-19 .648 16-/2nd tri-Big West, Regional
1994 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 47-16 .763  15-5/t-1st   
1995 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 57-9 .864  18-3/1st  Big West, Regional, NCAA 
1996 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 45-16 .738  13-8/4th   
1997 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 39-24-1 .617  21-9/2nd South  Big West 
1998 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 47-17 .734  25-5/1st South  Big West South
1999 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 50-14 .781  25-5/1st  Big West, Regional, Super Regional
2000 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 38-21 .644  21-9/t-1st  co-Big West 
2001 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 48-18 .727  14-4/1st  Big West, Regional, Super Regional 
2002 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 37-22 .627  14-10/t-4th   
2003 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 50-16 .758  15-6/2nd  Regional, Super Regional 
2004 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 47-22 .681  19-2/1st  Big West, Regional, Super Regional, NCAA 
2005 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 46-18 .719  16-5/1st  Big West, Regional 
2006 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 50-15 .769  18-3/1st  Big West, Regional, Super Regional 
2007 Cal State Fullerton Asst. Coach 38-25 .603  10-11/5th  Regional, Super Regional 
2009 UCLA Asst. Coach 27-29 .482  15-12/t-3rd   
2010 UCLA Asst. Coach 51-17 .750  18-9/2nd  Regional, Super Regional, NCAA Runner-up
2011 UCLA Asst. Coach 35-24 .593  18-9/1st  Pac-10
2012 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 36-21 .632  17-7/1st  Big West 
2013 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 51-10 .836  23-4/1st  Big West, Regional 
2014 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 34-24 .586  14-10/4th   
2015 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 39-25 .609  19-5/1st  Big West, Regional, Super Regional 
2016 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 36-23 .610   17-7/1st Big West
2017 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 39-24 .619 15-9/3rd Regional, Super Regional
2018 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 36-25 .590 18-7/1st Big West, Regional
2019 Cal State Fullerton Head Coach 27-26 .509 13-11/4th  










Years School Record Pct.
8 Years Career as Head Coach 298-178 .626
26 Years Career as Asst. Coach 1095-510-3 .682
24 Years Div. I as Asst. Coach 1026-469-2  .685
2 Years Div. II as Asst. Coach 69-41-1 .626
29 Years Cal State Fullerton 1175-552-2 .680
2 Years CSUN 69-41-1 .626
3 Years UCLA 113-70 .617












"Rick comes from a great baseball family and he has worked hard for this opportunity. He represents the essence of Titans baseball. He represents the spirit of the baseball program at Cal State Fullerton and I am very happy for him and his family."

-- University of Texas Head Coach Augie Garrido

"Cal State Fullerton baseball's administration has made a great selection in Rick Vanderhook as their new baseball coach. He is one of the top coaches in the country and has a very bright baseball mind. He is an exceptional coach, recruiter and mentor of players. He has been an ambassador at Fullerton and UCLA and the job he has done as an assistant coach at both universities has been exemplary. He has been an instrumental part of three decades of Titan baseball excellence and now gets the opportunity to sit in the head coach's chair. I'm sure Rick will continue the great heritage of Titan baseball into the future. I congratulate Rick and his family for an opportunity that they all deserve. I wish him well."

-- University of Oregon Head Coach George Horton

"Rick did an outstanding job for our program the last three years. I am very excited for him and his new opportunity, one that is well-deserved."

-- UCLA Head Coach John Savage

"Congratulations to Rick "Hooky" Vanderhook. It is a great day for Titan Baseball when a coach, friend and mentor for hundreds of players over the course of 20-plus years is hired to lead the Titan program. There is no doubt that Hooky represents what Titan Baseball is all about and will continue to teach these young players the hard work and traditions that makes TITAN BASEBALL what it is."

-- Former Titan catcher and U.S. Olympian Brian Loyd

"I am very excited about the decision the Cal State Fullerton administration has made to bring back Rick Vanderhook as its head coach. If anything is guaranteed from this hire it is that the Titans will be tough and competitive. Rick knows what it takes to be successful and he has instilled it in me and the hundreds of other players he has coached over the last 26 years."

-- Former Titan infielder and current Los Angeles Dodger third baseman Justin Turner


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