Pepperdine is making a coaching change.
Pepperdine has decided to end head coach Marty Wilson’s tenure at the end of this season, the program announced today.
Pepperdine has struggled to a 4-17 overall record this season. Wilson will finish out the year and then be let go.
A Pepperdine alum, Wilson has been the head coach of the Waves since 2011-12. He also served as Pepperdine’s interim head coach during part the 1995-96 season.
Wilson played for the Waves from 1986-89 before serving as an assistant from 1990-96. He returned to his alma mater in 2008 as associate head coach before taking over the head job in 2011.
“It has been decided that terminating the current contract at the end of this season is in the best interests of the program,” said Pepperdine AD Dr. Steve Potts. “Marty Wilson will always be a Pepperdine Wave. He has worked tirelessly for our men’s basketball program for many years and we sincerely thank him for his commitment and contributions to our program. We wish great success for Marty in the future. We all wish that we had experienced more success in our men’s basketball program and we are committed to identifying new leadership that can help bring us that success.”
During his time at Pepperdine, Wilson has compiled an overall record of 89-130. He led the program to back-to-back 18-14 seasons and CBI appearances in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
“I would like thank President Andy Benton and Athletic Director Dr. Steve Potts for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach at Pepperdine for the past seven years,” Wilson said as part of a statement. “Pepperdine is one of the finest academic institutions in the country and will always be a special place to me. I was afforded the opportunity to meet my wife of almost 27 years here, as well as raise our two beautiful children, Jessica and Jalon, for part of their lives here at Pepperdine.”
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Pepperdine last made the NIT in 2001 and the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
The program has made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances all-time.