During the 2017-18 academic year, Rudy Arguelles will be at the helm of the Riverside City College Baseball program for the third year. During the 2016-17 campaign, Arguelles guided the Tigers to a 29-13 overall record and a second place finish in the always tough Orange Empire Conference (15-6). Even though the Tigers fell short in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional playoffs, they had 18 student-athletes matriculate and transfer to four-year institutions at the Division I, II and NAIA levels.
Overall, Arguelles will be endearing his nineteenth year as a coach at RCC. He has continued the success and traditions of the program that the legendary coach Dennis Rogers established when he took the program from the depths in 1990. Arguelles has worked in all facets of the game, assisting players with their continued development and growth mentally and physically. "It's an absolute area of emphasis and a standard that was established in the early years with Dennis, and his staff," said Arguelles. "We take tremendous pride in continuing these standards and preparing these young men for their next opportunities."
Arguelles has been a part of all four CCCAA State Baseball Championships at RCC. RCC is one of only three colleges to win three-consecutive state titles in a row (2000, 2001, 2002). RCC also won a state title in 2007. All in all, Arguelles and RCC have been to the State Championships five times - 2008 being the only year they did not win the title.
Arguelles was an All-County and All-League (Mountain View) infielder out of Norco High School. He led his team to consecutive league titles his junior and senior years, which also saw his teams lose to both eventual CIF Champions as well. He found his way to RCC to play for Dennis Rogers, who he would eventually coach with.
At RCC, Arguelles played every position but catcher on the diamond. He was an Orange Empire Conference (OEC) All-Conference player as well. Arguelles guided his teams to the regional playoffs both years. After RCC, Arguelles accepted a scholarship to Division I Arizona State University (ASU). He helped guide his teams both years to Super Regionals (1997 & 1998). It was in 1998 that Arguelles and ASU qualified for the College World Series in Omaha. They lost in the National Championship to University of Southern California. Arguelles was named First-Team All-College World as an outfielder. That same year he was drafted by the California Angels and played a season within their organization, before he headed back to start a coaching at RCC.
Arguelles earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Arizona State University. He would also earn a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Arguelles also enjoys his family, which includes his wife, Adrienne and their children, son Rudy lll and their daughter-in-law Devin, daughter Charli, son Ponciano, daughter Karissa, son Grant and daughter Leighton.