|Walberg resigns as Pepperdine men's basketball coach|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 17 January 2008 11:12|
Walberg, in his second season with the Waves, cited personal and family reasons for his decision. Assistant Eric Bridgeland takes over as interim coach.
The 56-year-old Walberg's resignation follows Pepperdine's 92-57 loss on Monday to West Coast Conference opponent Gonzaga. The defeat, the Waves' sixth in seven games, dropped them to 6-12 overall and 0-2 in conference.
A success as coach at Fresno City College, Walberg leaves Pepperdine with a 14-35 record.
He went 133-11 at Fresno from 2003-2006 and won the 2005 state JC championship. Earlier, he had a 481-159 record in 22 seasons as a high school coach.
``It just comes down to what I need to do personally and what's best for my family. I'd like to thank the entire Pepperdine community for their support,'' Walberg said. ``We have a lot of good people here. We've got some really good kids on this team and I wish them well.''
The 36-year-old Bridgeland was a head coach for seven seasons at the Division II and Division III levels and had a 115-65 record. He was the Northwest Conference's coach of the year for the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 seasons while he was a Puget Sound.