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Brief History: 

Brief History Since the mid 70’s, Pepperdine athletics teams have an overall winning percentage of .645 with a record of 4,688-2,582-15. The Waves have won at least 60% of their athletic contests in 20 of the last 26 seasons, surpassing the 70% mark six times. Pepperdine teams have won 7 national titles, 100 conference championships, and 134 teams have advanced to post season play. 137 teams have earned a national Top 20 ranking in their sport’s respective final national polls.

2001-02 Season Highlights: 

2001-02 Season Highlights Pepperdine teams compiled an overall record of 196-93-3; a .676 winning percentage. Pepperdine won the inaugural Commissioner’s cup, winning the Men’s All-Sports Award and sharing the Women’s All-Sports Award. Six sports, 3 women and 3 men, captured the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships, with the men’s volleyball team winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crown and advancing to the NCAA Championships title game.

Coach and Athlete Honors: 

Coach and Athlete Honors Seven of the program’s 13 head coaches earned 'Coach of the Year' honors. 11 student athletes earned All-American honors. 5 freshmen won or shared the league’s 'Freshman of the Year' in their respective sport. 7 student athletes won their sport’s 'Player of the Year' honors with Brad Keenan (men’s volleyball) being named the national 'Player of the Year'by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine.

Sport by Sport Review: 

Sport by Sport Review 2001-2002 Season


BASEBALL 31-32 overall record; 18-12 in WCC West Division champions Lost to San Diego in WCC Championship Series.


MEN’S BASKETBALL 23-8 overall record; 13-1 in WCC Regular season co-champions and advanced to NCCA Championships. Cedric Suitt: WCC 'Defender of the Year' Terrance Johnson (top): WCC 'Freshman of the Year' Paul Westphal (pictured bottom) named National Basketball Coaches Association District 15 'Coach of the Year'


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 23-8 overall record; 11-3 in WCC WCC champions Advanced to NCAA Championships Mark Trakh (right): WCC 'Coach of the Year' Pepperdine was only one of 18 schools to be represented by both men’s and women’s basketball teams in their NCAA Tournaments


CROSS COUNTRY MEN Fourth at WCC Championships WOMEN Third at WCC Championships


MEN’S GOLF WCC Champions Finished eighth out of 30 teams at NCAA Championships Jason Allred wins first-ever Byron Nelson Award Michael Beard: WCC 'Player of the Year' Brian O’Flaherty (pictured): WCC 'Freshman of the Year' John Geiberger: WCC andamp; Golf Coaches Association of America Pacific Region 'Coach of the Year'


WOMEN’S GOLF WCC Champions Tied for ninth at 24-team NCAA Championships Katherine Hull (left): first team All-American; set NCAA single-round record with a 64 Lindsay Wright: second-team All-American; WCC 'Player of the Year' Crystal Fanning: WCC 'Freshman of the Year' Pepperdine was one of only three schools to have both men’s and women’s golf teams finish in the Top 10


WOMEN’S SOCCER Made it to the second round of the NCAA Championships in first-ever appearance Defeated eventual NCAA Champion Santa Clara for first time in school history


MEN’S TENNIS WCC Champions Advanced to quarterfinals at NCAA Championships Ranked No. 5 in final Omni Hotels poll Al Garland: Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s winner of the 2002 Rafael Osuna Award; WCC 'Player of the Year' Peter Smith: Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s West Region 'Coach of the Year'; WCC 'Coach of the Year' (Calle Hansen pictured)


WOMEN’S TENNIS Advanced to second round of NCAA Championships Charlotte Vernaz (right): WCC 'Player of the Year' Veronica Koksova: WCC 'Freshman of the Year'


MEN’S VOLLEYBALL MPSF Champions Advanced to NCAA title match Set school records for consecutive (17) and season (29) wins Ranked No. 2 in final AVCA poll Brad Keenan (left): MPSF andamp; national 'Player of the Year' Sean Rooney (right): MPSF andamp; national 'Freshman of the Year'


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL WCC Champions Advanced to third round of NCAA Championships Ranked No. 8 in final AVCA poll Kate Wilkins (top): second team All-American and first team All-Pacific Region; WCC 'Player of the Year' Nina Matthies (bottom): WCC 'Coach of the Year'


AQUATICS WOMEN’S SWIMMING andamp; DIVING Third at Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships Michelle Barker: PCSC 'Diver of the Year' Nick Rodionoff: PCSC 'Coach of the Year' MEN’S WATER POLO Greg Lonzo was one of three finalists for the Peter Cutino Award (Water polo version of Heisman Trophy) (Jesse Smith pictured)

THE 2002-2003 SEASON: 

THE 2002-2003 SEASON

Women’s Cross Country Finish 4th in Conference: 

Women’s Cross Country Finish 4th in Conference

Men’s Cross Country Finish 4th in Conference: 

Men’s Cross Country Finish 4th in Conference

Men’s Water Polo Finish #3 in the Nation: 

Men’s Water Polo Finish #3 in the Nation

Women’s Soccer Finish #7 in Nation: 

Women’s Soccer Finish #7 in Nation

Women’s Volleyball Finish #6 in the Nation: 

Women’s Volleyball Finish #6 in the Nation

Women’s Swimming and DivingFinish 4th in Conference: 

Women’s Swimming and Diving Finish 4th in Conference

Men’s BasketballFinish 4th in Conference: 

Men’s Basketball Finish 4th in Conference

Women’s Basketball WCC Regular and Tournament Champions: 

Women’s Basketball WCC Regular and Tournament Champions








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