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.
The 2014 season was his 26th year as a Titan, and his third as the program's skipper.
During the past three years, Vanderhook has won two Big West Conference championships, garnered two Big West Coach of the Year awards and has guided the Titans to three straight NCAA postseason appearances, including a run to the Super Regionals in 2013, as Fullerton fell to eventual-College World Series champion UCLA.
In addition, over the past three seasons, Vanderhook has coached two Big West Conference pitchers of the year as well as one conference player of the year, two conference freshman pitchers of the year and one conference freshman player of the year. In addition, Vanderhook has tutored seven All-Americans and one national freshman pitcher of the year.
Veteran pitching coach Jason Dietrich was added to the Cal State Fullerton baseball coaching staff on July 7, 2012.
We are very excited to have Jason join our staff," said Head Coach Rick Vanderhook at the time of the hire. "He is a local product who grew up a fan of Titan Baseball and also earned his bachelor's degree here at Cal State Fullerton.
Dietrich replaced departed Kirk Saarloos, who took a similar position at TCU on June 20 after two seasons with the Titans. In 2014, Dietrich took over as the recruiting coordinator for Vanderhook's coaching staff.
Now entering his ninth season at Cal State Fullerton, former Titan catcher Chad Baum returned to Cal State Fullerton as the program's volunteer assistant in 2012, his 13th season as a college coach. In 2014, Baum shed the volunteer label and became the team's second assistant coach.
Baum, entering his 16th year as a collegiate coach, is a veteran of four College World Series appearances as a Titan player and coach, and spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at both UC Irvine and Santa Clara.
Baum, 35, first served on a Titan staff in 2000 as an undergraduate assistant coach for then-Titan skipper George Horton. The next season he assumed the volunteer position and completed a coaching staff that led Fullerton to three College World Series appearances and the school's fourth national championship between 2001 and 2004.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Former Cal State Fullerton third baseman Ronnie Prettyman will joined the Titans coaching staff for the 2015 baseball season on Oct. 8, 2014.
Prettyman will took over as the volunteer assistant coach after completing his third season with the Indiana State baseball coaching staff in 2014, assisting the Sycamores to another winning season on the diamond as well helping the program reach its second NCAA Tournament during his tenure.
"It's great to have Ronnie back in Fullerton," Titans head coach Rick Vanderhook said. "He knows what it takes to be a Titan, and he's a great addition to our coaching staff. Ronnie won a title here in 2004, so he knows how to win and more over he's done a fine job as a coach over at Indiana State in helping the Sycamores make some noise in the NCAA Tournament."
Prettyman returns to Cal State Fullerton a decade after he helped lead the Titans to the 2004 national title. He batted .324 and started all 69 games he played in that season, blasting five home runs to go along with 38 RBI. He also belted 16 doubles and stole 14 bases to go along with 53 runs scored.