A Career Homerun

Baseball may be America’s national pastime, but for Trent Rush, OLu Class of 2010, it has been the springboard for both his passion – sports – and his profession – broadcasting.  

Rush is a sports broadcaster and radio host for the Los Angeles Angels. He is the voice of the Angels Recap postgame show and the weekday morning updates anchor on Angels Radio AM830. He is also the Angels correspondent for the MLB Network.  

Rush will tell you he has the “best job in the world.” From interviewing the players to recapping the games, he is right there in the ball park in the middle of it all. He is surrounded by some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game, like Mike Trout. He regularly talks to the players in the locker room both before and after games. And, Rush was there to experience the excitement surrounding the highly anticipated arrival of the phenom pitcher and designated hitter from Japan, Shohei Ohtani.  

One of Rush’s most memorable career moments to date was interviewing Albert Pujols right after his 600th career home run. Rush was the first person to speak to Pujols after this record-setting accomplishment. “That was an interview I’ll never forget,” Rush said. He recalls the wild excitement in the locker room after the game; it was such a special moment to share with the team. For Rush, it was just another unforgettable day at the office.

In baseball’s offseason, Rush hosts the Halos Hot Stove Show that brings listeners Angels news, updates, and interviews with Angels insiders. 

But, it doesn’t stop there. Rush loves sports – all of them. He is an avid sports enthusiast. He has called not just baseball, but basketball, football, softball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and field hockey. He calls play by play for both ESPN 3 and FOX Sports West and is the radio voice of UC Irvine’s mens basketball team. He has also been a repeat guest host on “The Jim Rome Show” on CBS Sports Radio.

From a young age, Rush knew what he wanted to do. He distinctly remembers a moment when he was five where he borrowed a microphone from a karaoke machine to interview his grandmother. Broadcasting and reporting were his calling. Combine that with his undeniable love of sports, and Rush’s career trajectory is no surprise.

While at Orange Lutheran, Rush created Lancer Sports Network, a sports broadcasting network exclusively for OLu athletics. He was the voice of Lancer sports. 

“Orange Lutheran allowed me to have that vocational training,” said Rush. “OLu gave me opportunities to chase my dreams and pursue this career and I’d never thought I’d have that chance in high school.”

After graduating from OLu in 2010, Rush attended Chapman University, where he graduated with a degree in Television and Broadcast Journalism. While a college student, Rush was the producer of Chapman News for almost three years and continued his work in sports reporting and play calling.  

Rush is where he is today because of his hard work and focus. His advice to aspiring journalists is clear.

“Don’t say no to an opportunity,” he says. “I work the wackiest schedule and my day is a jigsaw puzzle. Always be willing to work, always be professional, and always know who you're representing.”

Rush’s love for both sports and his profession is palpable. When you talk with him about his work, you literally feel his joy. He is one of the most positive, professional, and personable people out there. Rush said that Mike Trout is “the nicest guy you would ever meet.” The same could actually be said about Trent Rush.

by Grace Funk '21