On April 18, 1992, Goodwin Field became the new home of Cal State Fullerton baseball. The occasion was marked with the Titans sweeping a doubleheader against Loyola Marymount, 8-2 and 11-3, setting the tone for the next two decades. Two-thousand twelve marked the 20-year anniversary of the home of the Titans. read more
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.
The 2015 season was his 27th year as a Titan, and his fourth as the program’s skipper.
During the past four years, Vanderhook has won three Big West Conference championships, garnered three Big West Coach of the Year awards and has guided the Titans to four straight NCAA postseason appearances. The Titans made their 17th apperance in the NCAA College World Series in 2015, ending a five-year drought which was the longest in program history.
Now entering his tenth 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 17th year as a collegiate coach, is a veteran of five College World Series appearances as a Titan player and coach including a trip in 2015, and spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at both UC Irvine and Santa Clara.
Baum 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 UC Santa Barbara assistant coach Neil Walton joined the Titans as their new volunteer assistant coach, Head Coach Rick Vanderhook announced on Sept. 26, 2017.
In Walton’s role he will work mostly work with the infielders and develop the student-athletes on and off the field, while Murrietta will handle all administrative duties, including heading up the Titan Baseball Camps.
Over the last four seasons, Walton helped guide Big West rival UCSB to a 141-86-3 overall record, including a trip to the College World Series in 2016. As a player and coach, Walton has been a part of teams that have gone a collective 335-152-3 at the Division I level. Those teams have made six Regionals, five Super Regionals, and three College World Series.