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Head Baseball Coach, Cal State Fullerton

Rick Vanderhook

Rick Vanderhook
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Rick Vanderhook was named the Titans Head coach on June 24, 2011, becoming the program's fifth Div. I head coach, replacing Dave Serrano who left after four seasons for a similar post at the University of Tennessee.

A coaching veteran of 12 Div. I conference championships, 20 postseason appearances, eight Super Regionals appearances, 11 trips to the College World Series and two national championships, Vanderhook comes back to lead a program that has been a fixture among the nation's elite since 1975.

Vanderhook returns home to Fullerton, where he spent the better part of a quarter century as a player and assistant coach under Head Coaches Augie Garrido, Larry Cochell and George Horton. He was also an assistant coach along side now-departed coach Dave Serrano from 1997-2004.

He begins his 22nd season with the Titans, and will become the longest-serving baseball coach in school history. He and Garrido are tied with 21 years of service.

Vanderhook has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach to John Savage at UCLA, where he helped lead the Bruins to a Pac-10 conference title, a pair of postseason appearances and a runner-up finish at the 2010 College World Series.

He began his coaching career as an assistant to Garrido from 1985-88, 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.

After spending two seasons (1989-1990) as an assistant to former Fullerton assistant coach Bill Kernen at Cal State Northridge, Vanderhook returned with Garrido to Cal State Fullerton in 1991 and remained through the 2007 season.

Vanderhook, 50, has registered a 1026-465-2 (.688) career record as a Div. I assistant over 24 seasons, and a 1095-506-3 mark that includes two more seasons at Northridge, a Div. II school in 1989-90.

As far as assistant coaches go, few can top the success that Hook has produced over the course of his career. He has had his hand in the development of 29 position player All-Americans, 10 conference players of the year, three national players of the year, two USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winners, and four U.S. Olympians. In his tenure, he has seen 72 position players drafted - including four first-rounders - with 16 of them ascending to the major leagues.

He has directed some of the finest offenses in Cal State Fullerton history, producing six of school's Top 10 team batting averages, including a school record .338 in 1999. Six of his squads rank among the Top 10 in hits and RBI and five of them rank in the Top 10 in home runs. Seven more of his offenses rank among the Top 10 in runs and eight of them rank in runs per game.

Most recently in 2010, he guided the UCLA offense to a .304 team batting average, the program's highest mark since 2001. The Bruins also registered a .397 on-base percentage and collected 417 RBI, the highest totals for any UCLA team since 2000.

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.