Geiberger Resigns as Pepperdine Men's Golf Coach
Geiberger won an NCAA championship in his first season with Pepperdine in 1997.
Oct. 26, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine men's golf head coach John Geiberger announced his resignation today after serving as the Waves' coach for the previous 16 seasons.
"It has been a tremendous honor to have been part of the success of Pepperdine University and the men's golf program," Geiberger said. "I was privileged to have worked with so many men who accomplished so much over the years. Golf, like no other sport, is a game that demands integrity and builds character, which is why I will continue my involvement in the sport down the road."
Geiberger won an NCAA championship in his first season with Pepperdine in 1997. He led the Waves to 10 West Coast Conference titles (including a streak of seven in a row from 1999 to 2005) and had a run of 13 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances between 1999 and 2011.
He was the winner of the 1997 Dave Williams Award, given annually to the National Coach of the Year by the GCAA. He earned 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 his tenure, Pepperdine won 21 tournament titles, produced GCAA All-Americans 14 times and had 10 GCAA All-American scholars. Two of his golfers (Michael Putnam in 2005 and Jason Allred in 2002) won the Byron Nelson Award.
Geiberger was a three-year letterwinner for the Waves from 1989-91 after transferring in from the College of the Desert. He was part of two WCC championship squads and made All-WCC teams twice. He earned his bachelor's degree in organizational communications from Pepperdine in 1993.
"John Geiberger built a championship-caliber men's golf program here and we thank John for his service and commitment to Pepperdine golf," Pepperdine Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts said. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Moving forward, I anticipate that we will have a new head coach in place for the spring season, one that will help continue to build upon the great success that this program has enjoyed over the years."
The Waves have already played three fall tournaments and are co-hosting the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate with the University of Hawaii from Nov. 5-7 at the St. Regis-Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. While Geiberger has agreed to retain an administrative role through the end of that tournament, assistant coach Carl Smith will lead the Waves at the final event of the fall.
"I appreciate that John has offered and agreed to postpone his departure from Pepperdine until November 8 to oversee and ensure the tournament's success," Potts said.