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Tom Asbury
Tom Asbury
No one has played more of a role in so many of the most successful seasons in the history of Pepperdine men's basketball than head coach Tom Asbury, who is in his second stint in charge of the Waves' program. The 2010-11 campaign will mark his ninth season overall as head coach in Malibu and third year this time around.
 
In earlier days, Asbury was at Pepperdine for 15 seasons (with 11 postseason appearances) -- the first nine as an assistant coach (1980-88) and then the next six as the head coach (1989-94). He then served as head coach at Kansas State from 1995-2000 and was an assistant coach at Alabama from 2004-07 before returning to Pepperdine. He now has a 226-194 (.538) record in 14 seasons as a college head coach.
 
"There are very few people that have been as much a part of Pepperdine's success in basketball over the years as Tom Asbury," said Pepperdine Athletic Director John Watson at Asbury's hiring in February 2008. "For 15 years he was a major reason why Pepperdine was the class of the West Coast Conference. I'm elated that he has decided to return home and take over the head coaching reins for next year. So many things made this an easy decision in the end: Tom's history with Pepperdine, the fact that he is so well-respected by his co-workers and peers, his reputation as a coach and recruiter. We're looking forward to his return to the bench and I believe he will again make Pepperdine a team that competes for league championships and postseason bids."
 
Asbury went 125-59 (.679) in his first six seasons as head coach of the Waves, who went to the postseason five times in that span with three NCAA Tournament appearances (1991, '92, '94) and two berths in the NIT (1989, '93). Pepperdine won three regular-season West Coast Conference titles, finished no worse than second in any of the six seasons and compiled a league record of 66-18 (.786). Pepperdine's only three WCC Tournament championships have come under Asbury.
 
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Julie Rousseau
Julie Rousseau
The fifth head coach in Pepperdine women's basketball history, Julie Rousseau heads into her seventh season in Malibu in 2010-11. The former head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks took the Waves to the postseason twice in recent years and has the team poised for future success.
 
Rousseau took Pepperdine to the NCAA Tournament faster than any women's basketball coach in school history, accomplishing the feat in just her second season at the helm. As the fourth seed in the 2006 WCC Tournament, her squad tied a conference record as the lowest-seeded team to win the title and earn an automatic bid to "the Dance."
 
After beating top-seeded Santa Clara in the championship game and earning an unexpected spot in the NCAA Tournament, the 15th-seeded Waves were matched up against second-seeded Oklahoma at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
 
In 2008-09, the Waves went 16-13 overall and took third place in the WCC with a 9-5 record. The Waves posted the most overall and conference wins in her tenure and matched the best conference finish.
 
During summer 2009, Rousseau was an assistant coach on the USA women's basketball squad that went undefeated and won a gold medal at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. She coached some of the best collegiate talent in the country and was assigned defensive and post player responsibilities by head coach Charli Turner-Thorne.
 
The 2009-10 Pepperdine squad went 20-12 overall, reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2002-03. The Waves went 9-5 and finished third in the WCC's regular season for the second straight year, but reached the final of the WCC Tournament. Pepperdine's success was rewarded with a spot in the Women's NIT, though the Waves lost a close first-round battle at Brigham Young.
 
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