January 21, 1996 |
In a move that stunned players and colleagues, Tony Fuller resigned as Pepperdine's basketball coach Saturday, only hours before the Waves' West Coast Conference game against Santa Clara. Assistant Marty Wilson served as interim coach in the Waves' 87-76 loss before 1,873 at Firestone Fieldhouse. Fuller, 37, in the middle of his second season as coach, could not be reached for comment.
November 24, 1995 |
A greater debacle could hardly befall a first-year coach. Pepperdine slides to its worst record in 17 years and players flee. "I don't like the place and I don't like the coach," said Joey Ramirez, a guard now at UC Riverside. "I can't handle another year at Pepperdine." Five players transferred, and although they had combined to shoot a woeful 34.3% from the field, their parting shots rattled Coach Tony Fuller. "There has definitely been an adjustment on my part," Fuller said.
March 31, 1995 |
Three Pepperdine basketball players, all citing communication problems with first-year Coach Tony Fuller, have announced their transfers to other schools. Junior Joey Ramirez and freshmen Josh Merrill and Jamar Holcomb have asked to be released from their athletic scholarships and will leave Pepperdine at the end of the semester in April. They have yet to decide on future schools.
January 5, 1995 |
Kirk Goehring, a starter until he quit the Pepperdine basketball team this week, indicated Wednesday from his home in Jackson, Tenn., that he had not enjoyed playing for first-year Coach Tony Fuller. "It just didn't work out," said Goehring, a sophomore forward who transferred to Pepperdine after playing as a freshman at Louisiana State. "I came there to play for coach (Tom) Asbury and then, obviously, coach Asbury left (for Kansas State).
October 15, 1994 |
Tony Fuller will find himself in familiar surroundings this morning when he conducts his first practice as Pepperdine's basketball coach. "It's kind of like deja vu, " said Fuller, a former player and assistant at Pepperdine who was hired in April to replace Tom Asbury after Asbury moved to Kansas State. "Sometimes, I feel like I've never left."
May 6, 1994 |
Tony Fuller has been named Pepperdine basketball coach, returning to the school where he once starred and was an assistant. Fuller, who coached San Diego State the last two seasons, replaces Tom Asbury, who resigned April 12 to coach at Kansas State. "Pepperdine has always been a special place for me," Fuller said. "Sixteen years ago, I decided I wanted to play here and coach here some day. Through the grace of God, that dream has been realized. "We've got a lot of work to do."