Pepperdine introduces Wilson
New head coach spent nine seasons as a Wave assistant
MALIBU, Calif. — New Pepperdine men’s basketball coach Marty Wilson was introduced to the media at Jones Trophy Room on Friday. In an emotional speech, he thanked many people and talked about his vision for the program.
“I want a team that’s going to be smart, I want a team that’s going to be tough, I want a team that’s going to be unselfish,” Wilson said. “That’s what we’re going to challenge our guys to become.
"That’s what we’re going to demand our guys to become. That’s what we’re going to recruit our guys to become. Defensively, we’re going to compete.”
Wilson was elevated to the position of head coach after serving as associate head coach the past three seasons. The 1989 graduate of Pepperdine has been an assistant for the Waves a total of nine seasons.
“What a great day, what a great day to be a Wave," director of athletics Steve Potts said. "I’ve had a smile on my face all day because I know how much this means, how much it means to Marty. It’s an exciting day as we introduce our new head coach."
Wilson takes over for the retiring Tom Asbury, who had two tenures as head coach totaling 15 years with 11 postseason appearances. Potts was quick to offer thanks.
“Tom Asbury is leaving this program in significantly better condition than he found it," Potts said."Tom has set our program on a new direction and given us great hope for the future. He occupied a special place in Pepperdine history based on his first tenure here. Now he leaves us with a legacy that we’ll always be indebted to Tom and (wife) Carlie for. I wish them nothing but the best, much happiness and God’s richest blessings as they leave our community. They will be missed."