Tom Asbury

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Tom Asbury
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Pepperdine
Biographical details
Born (1945-07-14) July 14, 1945 (age 69)
Denver, Colorado, USA
Playing career
1964–1967 Wyoming
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wyoming (asst.)
Pepperdine (asst.)
Kansas State
Alabama (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
WCC Tournament Championship (1991, 1992, 1994)
WCC Coach of the Year (1991, 1992)

Tom Asbury (born (1945-07-14) July 14, 1945 (age 69) in Denver, Colorado) is a retired American men's college basketball coach. He spent two separate terms as head coach of Pepperdine University, retiring from that position in 2011. He also was a head coach for Kansas State University and served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, the University of Wyoming (his alma mater), and the University of Alabama.



Asbury was an assistant coach at Pepperdine for nine seasons before succeeding Jim Harrick as head coach. Asbury was very successful in his first stint at Pepperdine, becoming the conference coach of the year twice and compiling a 125–59 record in his first six years. He took the Waves to the NCAA Tournament in 1991, 1992 and 1994, as well as two NIT appearances, three regular-season WCC titles and three WCC Tournament championships.[1]

Kansas State and Alabama[edit]

His success landed him the head coaching job at Kansas State University. He coached the Wildcats for six seasons making the NCAA Tournament once and the NIT Tournament twice. However, his final season ended in 1999–2000 at Kansas State with a 9–19 record and a 2–14 conference record. He was fired and later returned to coaching as an assistant at the University of Alabama under former pupil Mark Gottfried. Mark Fox, the head coach at the University of Georgia, is another former Asbury assistant, having coached with him at Kansas State.

Return to Pepperdine and retirement[edit]

Asbury came out of retirement to coach Pepperdine for a second time prior to the 2008-09 season. After three more seasons, on March 11, 2011, Asbury announced his retirement, turning the Pepperdine program over to assistant Marty Wilson.[2] In October 2012, Asbury was inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pepperdine (West Coast Conference) (1988–1994)
1988–1989 Pepperdine 20–13 10–4 NIT Second Round
1989–1990 Pepperdine 17–11 10–4
1990–1991 Pepperdine 22–9 13–1 NCAA First Round
1991–1992 Pepperdine 24–7 14–0 NCAA First Round
1992–1993 Pepperdine 23–8 11–3 NIT Second Round
1993–1994 Pepperdine 19–11 8–6 NCAA First Round
Pepperdine: 125–59 (.679) 66–18 (.786)
Kansas State (Big Eight/Big 12 Conference) (1994–2000)
1994–1995 Kansas State 12–15 3–11 8th
1995–1996 Kansas State 17–12 7–7 4th NCAA First Round
1996–1997 Kansas State 10–17 3–13 T-10th
1997–1998 Kansas State 17–12 7–9 T-7th NIT First Round
1998–1999 Kansas State 20–13 7–9 T-7th NIT First Round
1999–2000 Kansas State 9–19 2–14 12th
Kansas State: 85–88 (.491) 29–63 (.315)
Pepperdine (West Coast Conference) (2008–present)
2008–2009 Pepperdine 9–23 5–9
2009–2010 Pepperdine 7-24 3-11
2010–2011 Pepperdine 16-18 5-9
Pepperdine: 32-66 (.327) 13-29 (.310)
Total: 242–212 (.533)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion