CSUF baseball players, coaches, alumni and members of the CSUF athletic department commemorated the life of Augie Garrido, a former Titans baseball head coach on Nov. 9 in the Titan Gym.
Garrido’s family and friends took the stage and gave speeches about their experiences with the former head coach. Former players sat together and watched Garrido’s life and legacy unfold in a memoriam video that played on a projector screen.
Current CSUF baseball head coach Rick Vanderhook was one of the people to take the stage and reminisce about his time with Garrido.
“He is Cal State Fullerton athletics,” Vanderhook said. “He’ll never be forgotten. He’s going to be a legend in this school forever.”
Garrido coached the Titans for 22 seasons and led the team to three national championships. Completely turning the program around, he transformed the team from a Division II school to Division I.
Among the guests was Fullerton pitching coach Steve Rousey, who played under Garrido for three seasons (1982-84). An everlasting impression Garrido left on Rousey was his ability to time emotional and mental support.
“For me, Augie was almost like God at that point in time. I know he’s not God, but at that point in time, he was spectacularly smart. He was spectacularly tough. He was amazingly competitive. He timed everything out perfectly,” Rousey said.
One of the more impactful memories between Garrido and Rousey was a national championship in 1984.
Through charisma and words of encouragement, his coaching style and attention to detail is something that still greatly influences the baseball program as he served as Vanderhook’s mentor.
“(Vanderhook’s) coaching style pretty much nears what Augie did as far as being a stern coach and really telling you how it is but also being there to give you a hug at the end of the day,” former Titans …