New Basketball Assistant Added

Alabama has made a change among its men's basketball coaching staff. Alabama has hired former Kansas State and Pepperdine head coach Tom Asbury as an assistant coach on Mark Gottfried's staff.

Asbury, 57, has a 210-146 record as head coach, leading Pepperdine from 1988-94 and Kansas State from 1994-2000. Kansas State advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1996, Pepperdine in 1991, 1992 and 1994. His teams each had two additional NIT postseason tournament appearances. Asbury was voted West Coast Conference Coach of the Year at Pepperdine in 1991 and 1992 and was named Basketball Times district Coach of the Year in 1993.

Among his coaching strengths has been his teams' defensive play. In 1999 Kansas State led the nation in field goal percentage defense and his Kansas State teams led their conference in field goal percentage defense four years in a row, in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

"Tom brings a great deal of experience," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried who cited Asbury's strong reputation for his ability to coach the big men and for those defensive stats. "He's been successful as a head coach. And he'll add a great dimension with our staff. I have known Tom for more than 15 years and know his character. I'm excited about all the things he brings to our staff."

Asbury is a 1968 University of Wyoming graduate. He replaces Sammy Jackson on the Alabama staff. Need help? Email: ©1999 db Technology

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