Rick Hirtensteiner
Rick  Hirtensteiner

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Pepperdine '89



Hirtensteiner Announces Recruiting Class

The Waves will add at least 10 players to their ranks for the 2019 season.


Hirtensteiner Announces Signing of Six Recruits

The Waves will open their season on Feb. 17 against St. Joseph's.


Baseball Clinches WCC Tournament Berth With 6-0 Win

The Waves are currently in fourth in the WCC standings.


Anderson and Jefferson Homer as Waves Beat No. 4 Aggies, 7-5

The teams play two more games this weekend at Eddy D. Field Stadium.


Baseball Hosts No. 4 Texas A&M This Weekend

The Waves opened the season with a 2-1 series win over Oakland


Baseball vs. CSUN Game 1

Stephen Wandzura's photos of the Waves' 6-1 win over CSUN at Eddy D. Field Stadium


Baseball vs. Cal Poly (5/9/17)

Baseball vs. Cal Poly (5/9/17)


Baseball vs. Grand Canyon (3/19/17)

Baseball vs. Grand Canyon (3/19/17)


2016 WCC Baseball Tournament

2016 WCC Baseball Tournament


Baseball vs. Portland

Baseball vs. Portland

Rick Hirtensteiner, a four-year standout at Pepperdine who earned both All-American and Academic All-American honors for the Waves, in addition to being the WCC Player of the Year as a senior in 1989, enters his 19th season as a member of the Waves' coaching staff and his third as the program's head coach heading into the 2018 season.

Hirtensteiner is the 17th head coach in the program's storied history after taking over for Steve Rodriguez prior to the 2016 season

In his first season at the helm for the Waves, Hirtensteiner led the program to its third straight WCC Tournament appearance and a 29-win season. He coached the program's 13th first-team All-American in A.J. Puckett in 2016, as well as three All-WCC honorees. 2017 produced the program's third ever Academic All-American in Aaron Barnett, as well as two All-WCC performers.

During his time as an assistant, Hirtensteiner's responsibilities included serving as hitting instructor, coaching third base (which he continues to do) and working with the outfielders. He also organized Pepperdine's fundraising efforts and the Malibu Baseball School. During Hirtensteiner's 17 seasons as an assistant, Pepperdine posted an overall record of 578-423 (.577), won six WCC regular-season crowns and advanced to the postseason 11 times.

Tabbed the WCC's Player of the Year in 1989, Hirtensteiner was an eighth-round draft pick by the California Angels.

Hirtensteiner played professional baseball for seven seasons with the California Angels, Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos organizations, reaching the AAA level with Montreal. Hirtensteiner also played in the Northern League with the St. Paul Saints, the Salt Lake City Trappers of the Pioneer League plus stints in Australia and Mexico.

A graduate of nearby Buena High in Ventura, Calif., Hirtensteiner cracked the Pepperdine lineup as a rookie in 1986 and still ranks #5 on the Waves' all-time games played list, appearing in 239 contests.

During Hirtensteiner's collegiate career at Pepperdine, the Waves won three WCC titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season, compiling a cumulative four-year record of 164-76-7 (.678), including 80-15-1 (.839) mark against league foes. The Waves earned a national Top 20 ranking all four seasons.

The 1986 and 1988 teams advanced to the championship round in NCAA regional tournament play, while the 1987 team was ranked as high as #2 nationally and won a school-record 21 consecutive games.

A four-time All-WCC pick (three first team, one second team), Hirtensteiner had a .337 career batting average and is the Waves' all-time career leader in triples (17), and also ranks among the top five in base hits (295), runs scored (228), RBI (175) and at-bats (876).

As a senior in 1989, Hirtensteiner led the Waves with a .366 batting average and clubbed a team-best 12 home runs as a leadoff hitter. Hirtensteiner tied a single-game school record by slugging three home runs in a game at UC Santa Barbara. Additionally, Hirtensteiner emerged as the Waves' closer, often times tossing warm-up pitches in the outfield during conferences on the mound.

He also competed for Team USA in 1987, batting .333 in 40 games, going 43-for-129 with four homers and 21 RBI.

In January 2007, Hirtensteiner was named to the WCC's 40th Anniversary Team.

Hirtensteiner earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in 1989 after earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. Hirtensteiner was also recognized as the WCC's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming just the second Pepperdine athlete to earn the prestigious award.

After completing his professional career, Hirtensteiner opted to pursue a coaching job, landing an assignment as a volunteer assistant at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Hirtensteiner worked under head coach Jim Gilligan in 1996-97 while completing work for a master's degree in business administration.

Hirtensteiner and his wife, Shannon, have five sons, Cade, Cullen, Crosby, Colter and Cash and live in Agoura Hills.

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