Pepperdine Waves basketball

Pepperdine Waves basketball history

Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
Firestone Fieldhouse
West Coast Conference (WCC)

Current head coach: Lorenzo Romar (1996-99, 2018-)

  • Assoc. HC: Ken Bone (2018-)
  • Asst: Curtis Allen (2018-)
  • Asst: Gerald Brown (2019-)
  • DBO: John Impelman (2009-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  2  (1962, 1976)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  13  (1944, 1962, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  5-14
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  6  (1980, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2001)
  • NIT Overall Record:  3-6
  • CBI Championships:  1  (2021)
  • CBI Appearances:  3  (2015, 2016, 2021)
  • CBI Overall Record:  3-2
  • NAIA National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1945)   
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  7  (1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  11-7

Conference Titles (WCC):

Award Winners:




Pepperdine head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Lorenzo Romar 1996-99, 2018-Pres 96-115 0 0 0
Marty Wilson 1996, 2011-18 91-139 0 0 0
Tom Asbury 1988-94, 2008-11 153-127 3 3 0
Eric Bridgeland (int.) 2008 5-9 0 0 0
Vance Walberg 2006-08 14-35 0 0 0
Paul Westphal 2001-06 76-72 1 1 0
Jan van Breda Kolff 1999-2001 47-18 1 1 0
Jim Harrick 1979-88 167-97 5 4 0
Gary Colson 1968-79 153-137 1 2 0
Robert “Duck” Dowell 1948-68 263-264 4^ 3^ 0
Al Duer 1939-48 176-102 0 1 (4^) 0
Wade Ruby 1938-39 16-13 0 0 0

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


^ These conference titles and tournament appearances came when the Pepperdine program was at either the NCAA Division II or NAIA level; Pepperdine moved up to Division I prior to the 1955-56 season, but did appear in the 1944 NCAA D-I Tournament

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.