Michael Beard to lead Pepperdine men
Michael Beard, the assistant men’s golf coach at Arizona State, will take over the Pepperdine men’s team. Beard was an All-American at Pepperdine during his collegiate career.
Beard, who spent the past season and a half with the Sun Devils, replaces former Pepperdine head coach John Geiberger, who stepped down in October after 16 years at the helm. Beard will take the reins for the Waves on Dec. 1, and the Arizona Intercollegiate on Jan. 28-29 will be his first tournament with the team.
“I am extremely excited to be returning to Pepperdine as head coach,” Beard said. “This program has great potential to be one of the best in the country. I’m looking forward to recruiting top-notch players, developing the talents of the current players and connecting with the program’s former players. It’s a privilege to coach at a university that has had such an impact on my life and the lives of many others. I truly believe in everything Pepperdine stands for. I am grateful for this opportunity at such a special place.”
During his one season as an assistant at Pepperdine, Beard helped the Waves qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championship, where they finished 25th. It was Pepperdine’s first trip to the NCAA Championship since 2006. The squad also placed second at the West Coast Conference Championship and tied for fourth at the NCAA Southwest Regional.
Pepperdine finished the fall season ranked No. 132 by Golfweek.
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