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<div class="coach-drills sr"> <div class="title">Rick Vanderhook&nbsp;Drills</div> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Pitchers Drills</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Catchers Receiving Drills</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Defensive Positions for Infielders</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="coach-biography sr"> <div class="coach-biography-wrapper"><img class="coach-avatar" src="" alt="" /> <div class="title">Rick Vanderhook, <br />Head Baseball Coach, Cal St. Fullerton</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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&rsquo;s 18th trip to the College World Series and the second over the last three seasons under Vanderhook.</p> <p>The 2017 season was his 27th year as a Titan, and his sixth as the program&rsquo;s skipper.</p> <p>During the past six years, Vanderhook has won four Big West Conference championships, garnered four Big West Coach of the Year awards and has guided the Titans to six 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.</p> <p>The individual success hasn&rsquo;t hindered the team success, as Vanderhook&rsquo;s head coaching record stands at 235-127 (.649) through the 2017 season.</p> <p>The 2017 campaign proved to be one of the best coaching jobs of Vanderhook&rsquo;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.</p> <p>Fullerton advanced to the NCAA Postseason for the 26th straight season and recorded a 30-win season for the 43rd straight year.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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&rsquo;s Big West Freshman of the Year. Seabold was named to Collegiate Baseball&rsquo;s All-American Second Team, while Conine was placed on the publication&rsquo;s third team. He also was a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which is awarded to the nation&rsquo;s top closer.</p> <p>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&rsquo;s history and his fourth in five years.</p> <p>In 2015, Vanderhook was named the American Baseball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year.</p> <p>There have been 32 Titans selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in Vanderhook&rsquo;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>On June 24, 2011, Vanderhook was announced as the program&rsquo;s fifth Division I head coach. He will enter his 27th season with the Titan baseball program in 2018, as he&rsquo;s surpassed Garrido as the longest-serving baseball coach in school history.</p> <p>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.</p> </div> </div>