John Geiberger
John  Geiberger

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Pepperdine '93


Geiberger Resigns as Pepperdine Men's Golf Coach

Geiberger won an NCAA championship in his first season with Pepperdine in 1997.


Men's Golf Heads to New Mexico for Tucker Intercollegiate

The last time Pepperdine attended, Andrew Putnam was a tri-medalist in 2010.


Men's Golf Opens 2012-13 at Husky Invitational

The Waves will utilize a lineup that includes two returners and three newcomers.


Anderson Set for NCAA Championships at Riviera CC

Josh Anderson is currently rated #47 nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin and #54 by Golfstat.


Two Men's Golfers Head to Stanford for NCAA West Regional This Week

Both Josh Anderson and Johnny Mac Arthur are fortunate to have experience playing the Stanford Golf Course.


Men's Golf at North Ranch Intercollegiate (2/27/2012)

Photos by Jeff Golden at the Pepperdine-hosted event at North Ranch Country Club.


Men's Golf at Husky Invitational (9/27/2011)

Photos by Max Waugh of the Waves at the season-opening Husky Invitational.


Men's Golf at 2011 NCAA Championships

Zach Gray's photos of the Waves in action at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.


Men's Golf at USC Collegiate Invitational (2/28-3/1/2011)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Pepperdine men's golf team competing at the North Ranch Country Club.

John Geiberger Career Records Get Acrobat Reader

John Geiberger, who led Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA title and amassed 10 West Coast Conference Championships, served as the Waves' head men's golf coach for 16-plus seasons.

Geiberger announced his resignation on October 26, 2012, partway through what was his 17th season in Malibu.

Geiberger's teams appeared in the NCAA Regionals 14 times (including a run of 13 straight between 1999 and 2011) and qualified for the NCAA Championships on six occasions. They had a streak of seven WCC titles in a row from 1999-2005 and last won the 2010 title.

Geiberger was tabbed the winner of 1996-97 Dave Williams Award, given annually to the National Coach of the Year by the GCAA. He earned NCAA District 8 Coach of the Year honors twice (1997 and 2002) and was a five-time WCC Coach of the Year (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005).

During Geiberger's time as the Waves' head coach, he had two Byron Nelson Award winners in Michael Putnam (2005) and Jason Allred (2002), plus two other finalists. The award is presented annually to a graduating senior and is based on golf performance, academic success and sportsmanship.

Pepperdine also captured 21 tournament titles, produced GCAA All-Americans 14 times and had 10 GCAA All-American Scholars under Geiberger's watch.

Geiberger coached two members of the prestigious USGA Walker Cup (Putnam and Jason Gore), three participants at the collegiate USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships (Michael Putnam, Andrew Putnam and Alex Coe) and one member of the Palmer Cup (Michael Putnam).

With the school's blend of athletic and academic success, Golf Digest in 2007 ranked Pepperdine the fifth-best program in the country, combining the strength of the program and its academic reputation.

Geiberger is an active member of the Golf Coaches Association of America and recently served as chairman of the All-American Committee.

A three-year letterwinner at Pepperdine from 1989-91, Geiberger's rookie season as head coach ended in impressive fashion in May 1997 when the Waves outplayed the nation's best teams to claim the NCAA title at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., located near Chicago.

Geiberger succeeded former Pepperdine teammate Todd Andrews, who resigned as the Waves' head coach in July 1996. Inheriting a talent-laden roster and a veteran team that had finished 24th at the 1996 NCAA Championships, Geiberger masterfully prepared his squad for a dramatic late-season push that culminated with an amazing effort at the finals.

While winning the NCAA team title was an impressive accomplishment in itself, the Waves made history without the immediate assistance of Geiberger, who was quarantined in his hotel room throughout the week-long road trip to Chicago after contracting the chicken pox.

In the succeeding years, Geiberger's teams continued to have postseason success. The Waves also posted top 10 NCAA finishes in 2002 (eighth) and 2004 (10th). Pepperdine's last NCAA Championships appearance under Geiberger came in 2011, when the Waves placed 25th.

The Santa Barbara native graduated from Bishop Diego High School in 1986. After spending two years at The College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., Geiberger transferred to Pepperdine and earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communications in 1993.

During Geiberger's collegiate career at Pepperdine, the Waves captured WCC titles in 1989 and 1991. Playing under head coach Kurt Schuette, Geiberger earned All-WCC accolades in 1990 and 1991. He was the team's top scorer during the 1989-90 season.

In addition to playing in numerous amateur tournaments, Geiberger previously caddied on a regular basis for his father, Al, on the PGA Senior Tour for six seasons (1991-96). In the summer of 1999, Geiberger and his family were chosen "Family of the Year" by the Professional Golfer's Association of America at a dinner that was held in Tarrytown, N.Y.

During the summer of 1996, Geiberger spearheaded the first-ever Wave Round-Up, a fundraising tournament geared specifically for alumni of the Pepperdine men's golf program, and has another fundraising tournament, "A Day with the Pros," during the fall that benefits the men's golf program. The event is held annually at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.

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