Tom Asbury

Tom Asbury (born July 14, 1945)

Teams coached: Pepperdine Waves, Kansas State Wildcats
Pepperdine record: 153-127 (.546)
Kansas State record: 85-88 (.491)
Overall record: 238-215 (.525)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (1989, 1993, 1998, 1999)
  • WCC Regular Season Champion:  3  (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • WCC Tournament Champion:  3  (1991, 1992, 1994)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2008-2011 Pepperdine
2003-2007 Alabama (asst)
1994-2000 Kansas State
1988-1994 Pepperdine
1979-1988 Pepperdine (asst)
1976-1979 Wyoming (asst)

Tom Asbury Facts

  • Thomas Sydnor Asbury
  • Born July 14, 1945
  • Hometown: Denver, Colorado
  • Alma Mater: University of Wyoming (BA, 1968)
  • Played for the Wyoming Cowboys under longtime head coach Bill Strannigan
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, spending two seasons as an assistant under head coach Don DeVoe and one more under Jim Brandenburg
  • Joined Jim Harrick‘s staff at Pepperdine in 1979, spending the next nine seasons as his assistant before taking over as the Waves’ head coach in 1988
    • Won 125 games in his first tenure (six seasons) as Pepperdine head coach, winning three WCC titles and going to three NCAA Tournaments and two NITs
  • Hired away in 1994 to become the head coach at Kansas State, where he coached the Wildcats for six seasons
    • Reached three postseason tournaments (one NCAA, two NIT) in six years, coaching the program during the transition from the Big Eight to the Big 12
    • Was fired after the 1999-2000 season and spent the next few seasons out of coaching
  • Joined Mark Gottfried‘s staff at Alabama in 2003, working as an assistant there for three seasons before retiring in 2007
  • Came out of retirement a year later to serve a second tenure as the head coach at Pepperdine
    • Coached the Waves for three more seasons until retiring for good in 2011
    • The school inducted Asbury into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Along with his late wife, Carly Ann Asbury, has one daughter and another daughter that tragically passed away in 1993

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