Rudy Arguelles named RCC baseball coach in Dennis Rogers’ absence

Written by James H. Williams | Updated 2/13/16 at 3:17 p.m.
Riverside City College Baseball Coach Dennis Rogers at the Riverside City College Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony on Oct. 16, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)

Riverside City College Baseball Coach Dennis Rogers at the Riverside City College Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony on Oct. 16, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)

Just two days before the home opener against non-conference opponent, Grossmont, the Riverside City College baseball program was faced with some news that could greatly impact the 2016 season.

Dennis Rogers, who has been the head coach for the Tigers since 1990, has taken a leave of absence to tend to a family medical situation.

According to RCC’s interim athletic director Jim Wooldridge, longtime assistant baseball coach Rudy Arguelles will assume the role as head coach.

After suffering a loss on the road in the season opener to Cuesta College, the RCC baseball program has won its last five games, including the last three since Rogers’ absence.

While the last three games for the Tigers were at home, RCC picked up a 5-4 win on Jan. 29 against Cuesta in the two game road series.

With two of the seven remaining games on the Tigers’ schedule in the month of February being on the road, the Tigers could enter Orange Empire Conference play with an impressive record if their winning ways at home continue.