Geiberger steps down after 16 years at Pepperdine

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John Geiberger has announced his resignation after serving as the Pepperdine men’s golf coach for the past 16 seasons. During that time, Geiberger led the Waves to 21 tournament titles.

“It has been a tremendous honor to have been part of the success of Pepperdine University and the men’s golf program,” Geiberger said. “I was privileged to have worked with so many men who accomplished so much over the years. Golf, like no other sport, is a game that demands integrity and builds character, which is why I will continue my involvement in the sport down the road.”

Geiberger was the winner of the 1997 Dave Williams Award, given annually to the National Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He twice earned District 8 Coach of the Year honors (1997 and 2002) and was a five-time WCC Coach of the Year (1997, ’99, 2000, ’02 and ’05).

“John Geiberger built a championship-caliber men’s golf program here and we thank John for his service and commitment to Pepperdine golf,” Director of Athletics Steve Potts said. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Moving forward, I anticipate that we will have a new head coach in place for the spring season, one that will help continue to build upon the great success that this program has enjoyed over the years.”

The Waves have already played three fall tournaments and are co-hosting the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate with the University of Hawaii from Nov. 5-7 at the St. Regis-Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. While Geiberger has agreed to retain an administrative role through the end of that tournament, assistant coach Carl Smith will lead the Waves at the final event of the fall.

Pepperdine currently is No. 156 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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