June 24, 2011
Fullerton Hires Vanderhook
Cal State Fullerton welcomed back an old friend
Rick Vanderhook, who spent 21 years as an
assistant under four coaches, was named head coach of the
Titans, replacing Dave Serrano, who left for Tennessee.
“I have never met anyone with more passion for
Titan baseball than Rick, and I couldn’t be happier to bring him
home where he belongs,” Cal State Fullerton Athletic Director
Brian Quinn said in a release issued by the school.
Vanderhook spent the past three seasons at UCLA
assisting John Savage. All told, Vanderhook has coached in 20
postseasons, eight Super Regionals and 11 College World Series.
He has been a part of two national champions, and narrowly
missed a third in 2010 with the Bruins. In 24 years as a
Division I assistant, Vanderhook has contributed to 1,026 wins.
Vanderhook played for George Horton at Cerritos
College before joining Fullerton in 1983. He was part of the
1984 national championship team and won two more as a Titans
Vanderhook, 50, and his wife April are the
parents to Noelle (15), Autumn (13) and R.J. (11).