Meet the coaches, student-athletes and administrators that make up the Pepperdine University Department of Athletics in this podcast interview series.
Merrill Moses, associate head coach of the Pepperdine men’s water polo team, returns to the podcast for the third time to talk about the events of the last year. That includes the 2019 GCC Tournament title, which sent the Waves to the NCAA Championships for the first time since he was a player leading Pepperdine to the 1997 national title. Then, the pandemic interrupted their expected spring and summer plans, and postponed the fall 2020 season to early 2021.
Scott Wong, now in his sixth season as the Pepperdine women’s volleyball head coach, is heading into a season unlike any other. His fall 2020 season has been pushed to early 2021 so we discuss what the past year has been like for his team, and what this year’s team looks like.
Skye Barnett had a great run as a Pepperdine student-athlete about a decade ago: a standout on the women’s basketball team who was honored for her academics and who received the first-ever Maurice Hilliard Award because of her faith. She returned to Malibu last year to become the Director of Basketball Operations for the women’s program. Enjoy her life story and tales of her time with the Waves.
Gerald Brown was a three-time All-WCC first team pick in the 1990s and one of the top scorers in Pepperdine men’s basketball history. After a professional career that included a season in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, stops all over the world and a brief run with the Harlem Globetrotters, he transitioned into coaching, and now he’s back at Pepperdine as an assistant coach.
Kevin Wright, Pepperdine’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, had the lead role in putting together the Waves’ return-to-play plan to safely bring student-athletes back to campus and to start competing during the pandemic. That’s a significant part of this podcast, plus we touch on his days as a student-athlete playing men’s volleyball at Pepperdine before transitioning into the world of athletic training.
One of the all-time greats in Pepperdine men’s volleyball history, Paul Carroll joins the podcast this week. The Australian was a National Player of the Year just over a decade ago, and after a successful professional career, he returned to Pepperdine in the past year to begin his coaching career. We talk about playing for the Waves and overseas, and what it’s now like to be a coach.
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As an alum and 20+ year fan of Pepperdine athletics, this is an exciting new Podcast that has been a long time coming. It is so great to hear the stories, thoughts and experiences that shape the success and culture of Waves' sports. Hearing from all of these players, current and former, just reemphasizes the tremendous accomplishments that this relatively small university has achieved. Great job, Roger!
Well executed interviews
These are great interview that provide splendid insights into the value of athletics and education at Pepperdine.
Tim Ward Interview
So great to stumble onto his interview tonight. Tim is one of the most genuine people I think I've ever had the privilege to cross my path. He is doing very good work that goes far beyond soccer.