Rich Vasquez, a former star at LSU, joined the Vaquero staff in 2018.
He was born and raised in South San Francisco. His father Frank Vasquez passed on to his son the love of the game. He was fortunate to be coached by some of the finest men in the game, starting with legendary Coach Carlos Roman in the Joe DiMaggio League where his team came in 2nd in the California State Championship.
At El Camino High, his coach and mentor (still to this day) was championship coach Lou Zuardo (Dodgers organization). Rich was a member of the varsity team for 4 years, 3 of which he was All-County. For all 4 years of varsity baseball, his teams made it to the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Rich then played for Hall of Fame Coach John Noce at the College of San Mateo. Noce has won more games than any other coach in California Community College history (772). Rich was on the team when Noce got his 600th win. This team lost a tough game during the 1986 State Championship. Rich was all-league in the Golden Gate Conference in 1986.
After having a good year at College of San Mateo, Rich received a full scholarship to #1 ranked LSU and played for the greatest coach in college baseball history -- Skip Bertman (5 National Championships, Coach of the Year 7 times, 2-time Olympic coach). His .754 winning percentage is the highest percentage in NCAA tournament history.
During his time at LSU he was all-tournament in the Southeastern Conference and played on a great LSU team, that had six future major leaguers. They ended up losing in Omaha in the College World Series. After a solid 1987 season, Rich played in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
After baseball, he continued his interest in sports and became interested in Handball which was also inspired by his father. In 2000, Rich won the World Championship in the 35-and-over bracket.
Rich is most proud of coaching his children in baseball and softball. He coached his eldest daughter's team to a 4th-place finish in the California State Championship.
His Insurance business led him to move to Weston, Massachusetts where he coached his son's team to the 10-and-under Massachusetts State Championship.
Rich recently relocated to Montecito. His daughter Ariana just graduated from his alma mater (LSU) and still lives in Baton Rouge. His second child, Alena, lives in Walnut Creek and goes to Diablo Valley College while his son Vincent is a sophomore at Novato High and plays both varsity football and baseball. His dream is to follow Rich's footsteps and attend LSU.