March 16, 2006 |
Paul Westphal resigned as men's basketball coach at Pepperdine on Wednesday after being told the school intended to make a coaching change. "I value Paul, who is a quality coach and one of the nicest, most ethical men that I know," Pepperdine Athletic Director John Watson said afterward. "But I also felt the program needed a change. I met with Paul this morning and shared that view." Westphal, 55, was an All-American player at USC and a five-time NBA All-Star.
March 5, 2006 |
After only the fourth 20-loss season in Pepperdine history, Athletic Director John Watson expressed support Saturday for Coach Paul Westphal, the former NBA coach whose fifth season ended with a 7-20 mark. "I have a great deal of confidence in Paul and hope Paul will be with us the rest [of the time] he chooses to be involved in basketball. I think he's the right coach for Pepperdine University," Watson said.
February 16, 2005 |
USC finally is going to get its on-campus arena. The Galen Center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2006. Talk of such an arena has been going on for almost four decades, according to USC basketball radio commentator Jim Hefner. Hefner, who was Bob Boyd's assistant coach at USC from 1967 to 1979, said back then recruits would often ask about the proposed arena. One top prospect who did was Paul Westphal, a 1968 graduate of Aviation High in Redondo Beach.
December 11, 2004 |
Paul Westphal would rather discuss Pepperdine's strong start than the coaching situation at his alma mater, but he's linked to USC and the position is open. That's a new twist on a familiar subject for Westphal, one he acknowledged he couldn't ignore. "You hear your name out there, I'm not oblivious to that, but coaches love to minimize distractions," Westphal said in his campus office. "I'm going to do the best in my ability to just focus on playing UCLA....
April 28, 2004 |
Pepperdine men's basketball Coach Paul Westphal said he would be interested in the Boston Celtics' coaching vacancy if he is contacted by the team. Westphal, who has been at Pepperdine the last three seasons, began his playing career in Boston and coached Danny Ainge, the Celtics' director of basketball operations, when the two were in Phoenix. "I love my job here," Westphal said Tuesday. "But there are a few jobs out there that I'd be crazy not to look at them.
March 14, 2002 |
Paul Westphal is a novice. A rookie. New to the game. It's hard to believe he could be up to new tricks at 51, after almost three decades in basketball spent playing at an all-star level, competing in what some consider the best NBA championship game ever, and coaching some of the league's most colorful players. The NCAA tournament is different territory. He never reached the tournament playing for USC, because in the early 1970s the only team from the Pacific 8 that went to the NCAAs was the champion, which meant UCLA.