Wilson Named Head Coach Upon Asbury’s Retirement

April 8, 2011  | 2 min read

Men’s basketball coach Tom Asbury is retiring and associate head coach Marty Wilson (’89) has been named the Waves’ new head coach.

Asbury, who had previously overseen some of the Waves’ most successful teams as head coach for six seasons from 1989 to 1994, was asked to return to Pepperdine in February 2008 when the program was at a very low point. “We needed a coach with great character, great integrity, and a commitment to academics. We needed a coach who understood what it takes to be successful at Pepperdine,” says Steve Potts, who was recently named Pepperdine’s new director of athletics. “Who better than one of the most successful men’s basketball coaches in Pepperdine history; who better than Tom Asbury?”

Though the Waves were limited to a total of 28 wins in the past three years, Asbury has brought a renewed sense of optimism to the program. Student-athletes were brought in who could succeed at Pepperdine, and the team’s overall GPA has soared. The Waves improved to 12 victories this past season, the most the program has seen since 2004-2005. Bringing long-term stability to the program was also a key factor in Asbury’s return. Soon after Asbury’s rehiring, Wilson joined the staff with the intention that he would one day be Asbury’s successor. Three years later, that time has come.

“I’m proud that we get to announce Marty Wilson as the head coach of Pepperdine University men’s basketball," says President Benton. “Marty is not just a great coach, not just a former student who did well and competed well as an athlete. He is a good father, a good role model, a good example, and is going to be a great example for the young men that come under his instruction and tutelage."

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