Rick Vanderhook set to Retire 12/30/2021

By now many of our readers have seen the news break late on social media on Friday that Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Rick Vanderhook in a joint announcement with CSUF Athletic Director Jim Donovan that Vanderhook has decided to retire, effective December 30, 2021. Until his effective retirement date, he will be serving in a role as special assistant to the athletic director.

FullertonTitans.com: Rick Vanderhook Set to Retire

The announcement set off a flurry or reactions all over social media. Twitter appeared to be the most active with numerous college baseball reporters breaking the news.

Aaron Fitt, Co-Editor and national writer for D1Baseball was one of the first national college baseball writers to break the news via Twitter:

Stu Murray of College Baseball 360 tweeted this:

Murray followed that tweet up with a suggestion as to which coach CSUF Athletic Director Jim Donovan should put on the short list:

It didn’t take long before coaching colleagues and former players took to social media to express their congratulations and gratitude for Rick Vanderhook.

TCU Pitching Coach Kirk Saarlos who pitched for Cal State Fullerton while Vanderhook was an assistant coach notes that Hooky was the coach to give him his start in college baseball coaching.

Dave Serrano, Head Coach at Cal State Northridge, coached with Vanderhook on the 2004 National Championship team and expressed his gratitude for his friendship and for his contributions to the Titan Baseball program over the years.

Anthony Hutting played his last two years for Vanderhook and is now the Head Coach of Cypress College, offered these words:

Thomas Eshelman pitched for the Titans on Friday Night from 2013-2015 and is currently with the Baltimore Orioles said on Twitter:

Eshelman’s father, Dave Eshelman, tweeted that Hook was like a second father to his son:

In the Titan Athletics press release, it stated that a search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Speculation as to who will replace Rick Vanderhook and become the sixth Head Coach in Titan Baseball history has already started by fans and college baseball pundits. We will dive into the potential candidates at a later date but until then, we leave you with a photo gallery of Rick Vanderhook through the years as an assistant and head coach of the Cal State Fullerton Titan Baseball program.

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