Retiring Pepperdine Coach Tom Asbury's Statement

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March 11, 2011

MALIBU, Calif. -- Retiring Pepperdine men's basketball coach Tom Asbury opted not to attend today's press conference introducing Marty Wilson as head coach, and instead put out this statement:

"As I announce my retirement, I would like everyone to know how much I have appreciated the opportunity to coach at Pepperdine the past three seasons and for a total of 18 seasons. Special thanks go out to athletic directors John Watson and Steve Potts for their support, but I'd also like to thank all of my assistant coaches, managers, trainers and support staff over the years. Without all of their contributions, we would not have been successful. I've also coached a lot of wonderful players in my time here and I would thank them as well.

"I had retired after I left Alabama in 2007. Pepperdine was the only place that would have caused me to come back to coaching, and only with the loving support from my wife, Carlie. It's a special university and we've been fortunate to call it home for so long. When I got the call to return in the spring of 2008, after seeing all the rocky times the program had been through, I knew it was important to come back and help begin the process of getting Pepperdine basketball back to the level it was at during my first tenure.

"Regardless of how many games you win, you're never completely satisfied. That was true even the first time I was here. The record of the last three years certainly isn't an indication of what we've accomplished. You would prefer to win, but the program is on much more solid ground now than what it was when I got here. We've brought in student-athletes of the highest quality that represent Pepperdine well. It takes time to build a program the correct way, and that's what we've begun to do.

"I've known Marty Wilson for more than 25 years and this day is overdue. I coached him when he was a student-athlete at Pepperdine, I had him as an assistant during my first time as a head coach here and I watched him grow as an assistant coach at other schools. When I came back three years ago, I knew the best thing for the future of Pepperdine was to have Marty come back with me, so that he could one day become my successor and give this program the stability that it has desperately needed. He will do a tremendous job moving this program forward. I hope the entire Pepperdine community will get behind and support Marty, because he deserves it."



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