April 18, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Vance Walberg, who built winning programs at Clovis West High School and Fresno City College during the past 17 years, has been named the new men's basketball coach at Pepperdine, Director of Athletics, John Watson announced on Tuesday.
Walberg becomes the 12th head coach in the 68-year history of the program after spending the previous four years as head coach at Fresno City College where he compiled a 133-11 (.924) record, including a perfect 34-0 mark and the California State Championship in 2005. He replaces Paul Westphal, who left the program in March after compiling a 76-72 record in five seasons.
"After a thorough national search in which we interviewed several qualified candidates I am happy to announce the hiring of Vance Walberg as Pepperdine's new head men's basketball coach," Watson said. "He has a proven track record of developing winning programs at both the high school and junior college levels and I am confident he can build upon the great tradition that Pepperdine men's basketball has enjoyed throughout its history.
"We are excited to welcome Vance to the Pepperdine family as he fits in extremely well with our mission and we look forward to supporting him as he makes the transition to Division I basketball," Watson added.
Walberg and his wife, Rose, will be officially introduced at a 12:30 p.m. press conference in the Jones Trophy Room of Heritage Hall on Thursday.
In addition to posting an undefeated season and winning the 2005 state championship, Walberg's Fresno City College teams won four straight Central Valley Conference (CVC) titles, made four consecutive trips to the Northern California Playoffs, advanced to the Final Four of the California State Championships three times and appeared in the state title game in 2003 and 2005.
In 2005-06, Fresno City College went 33-6 and advanced to the semifinals of the state championships before falling 71-67 to Fullerton College at Selland Arena in Fresno.
Walberg was twice named California Junior College Coach of the Year (2003, 2005) and was tabbed the CVC Coach of the Year four times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).
During a 13-year career as head coach at Clovis West High in Fresno, California, Walberg guided his teams to nine league titles 10 Central Section Championship appearances, including six titles, three showings in the Southern State Championship Game.. Clovis West earned California State Top 10 rankings six times (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) and was ranked nationally in USA Today's Top 25 in 2000 and 2001 with the 2001 team finishing the year ranked No. 12.
Prior to taking over at Clovis West High, Walberg was head basketball coach at Newark Memorial High in Fremont , California, from 1984-89 where he won one league title and made two North Coast Section Championship appearances. He also served as badminton coach at James Logan High (1983-84) and head basketball coach at Los Altos High (1981-83) and Mountain View High (1978-81).
Walberg earned league Coach of the Year honors nine times, Section Coach of the Year on six occasions and was tabbed the California and West Region (Section 7) Coach of the Year in 1999. In 2001, he was selected the Cal-Hi State Coach of the Year.
Walberg's education includes a physical education degree from Cal State in Bakersfield in 1978, teaching credential from the College of Belmont in 1979 and a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from Saint Mary's College in 1986.