Cal men’s basketball hires Marty Wilson as assistant head coach

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Cal men’s basketball will see another change to its coaching staff as head coach Wyking Jones announced Monday that Marty Wilson will be joining the Bears as an assistant coach.

“I’m really excited to welcome Marty to our staff,” Jones said in a press release. “His knowledge of the game, experience and energy is what excites me the most about being a part of what we are building.”

Wilson heads to Cal after spending the last seven seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Pepperdine.

Before taking over as head coach for the Waves in 2011, Wilson served as the associate head coach beginning in 2008 under Tom Asbury.

From 2011 to 2018, Wilson compiled a record of 88-129, good for a winning percentage of .406, but the raw wins and losses fail to fully depict the growth and improvement of the program during Wilson’s tenure.

In the six seasons prior to Wilson taking over as Pepperdine’s head coach, the Waves had a combined record of 54-132.

The Waves gradually improved in the win column under Wilson, culminating in back-to-back winning seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16 — the first time this had been done at Pepperdine more than a decade.

Wilson’s time at Pepperdine predates his recent coaching tenure as he spent five seasons as a student-athlete from 1984-89.

Despite suffering a pair of season-ending injuries in 1986-87 and 1987-88, Wilson ended his playing career fifth all-time on the Waves’ career assists list.

In his final season as a player, Wilson played in all 33 games and averaged 5.5 points and 5.0 assists per game.

The past 11 years weren’t Wilson’s only time as a coach at Pepperdine. After graduating in 1989, Wilson rejoined the Waves as a coach in 1990 and briefly took over as head coach for 13 games during the 1995-96 season.

Wilson’s collegiate basketball experience expands far beyond Pepperdine, as he also coached for San Diego (1996-98), Santa Barbara (1998-2004) and Utah (2004-08).

Wilson will join a Cal team coming off one of the worst seasons in program history. In addition, the Bears may have some issues in regards to depth as forward Marcus Lee, center Kingsley Okoroh and guard Don Coleman will not be returning next season.

Justice delos Santos is the sports editor. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @jdelossantos510