2012 Hall of Fame Inductee: Tom Asbury
No one played a part in more successful seasons in the history of Pepperdine men's basketball than Tom Asbury.
Oct. 16, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 21, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tickets are available ($60 per person, includes dinner) and can be purchased by contacting Jamil Macias at 310-506-4935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Tom Asbury's turn:
No one played a part in more successful seasons in the history of Pepperdine men's basketball than Tom Asbury, who spent 18 seasons on the Malibu campus. He was the head coach on two different occasions for a total of nine years before announcing his retirement following the 2010-11 season.
In earlier days, Asbury was at Pepperdine for 15 seasons (14 of which ended with a winning record and 11 that featured postseason appearances) -- the first nine as an assistant coach (1980-88) and then the next six as the head coach (1989-94). He eventually returned to Pepperdine a second time as head coach, and he spent three more years (2009-11) helping rescue the Waves' program and rebuilding its foundation.
Asbury, who also served as head coach at Kansas State for six seasons (1995-2000), posted a 238-215 record in 15 seasons as a college head coach, and he was 153-127 at Pepperdine.
Asbury went 125-59 in his first six seasons as head coach of the Waves, who went to the postseason five times in that span with three NCAA Tournament appearances and two berths in the NIT. Pepperdine won three regular-season West Coast Conference titles, finished no worse than second in any of the six seasons and compiled a league record of 66-18 (.786). Pepperdine's only three WCC Tournament championships have come under Asbury.
The Waves had four 20-win seasons with Asbury at the helm, including a high of 24 wins in 1991-92, a season in which Pepperdine also went a perfect 14-0 in the WCC. In fact, Pepperdine established a conference record by winning 32 consecutive league games from 1991-93 (38 straight including WCC Tournament games). Asbury was named WCC Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992.
Asbury coached some of Pepperdine's all-time greats, including fellow Hall of Fame inductees Doug Christie and Dana Jones, and current head coach Marty Wilson. He was an assistant coach when Dane Suttle, another 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, became the school's all-time leading scorer.
Asbury served as Pepperdine's lead assistant coach for nine seasons (1980-88) under Jim Harrick before becoming head coach. During that time, the Waves went 167-97 (.633) and went to the NCAA Tournament four times and the NIT twice.
A native of Denver, Asbury was a standout at George Washington High School in the early 1960s and then went on to Wyoming, where he earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 1966-67 and helped the Cowboys win the league title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. He earned a bachelor's of science degree from Wyoming in 1968 and went on to receive a master's of science degree from Colorado in 1974.
He was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA and the Denver Rockets of the ABA and played one season in Denver before beginning his coaching career.
He and his late wife, Carlie, had two daughters, Stacey and Megan. His first grandchild, Caden, was born in January 2011.