Wayne Wright Inducted…..

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Wayne, 2011


Wayne is a graduate of Isaac Litton in the Class of 1951.

March 5, 2011- Wayne Wright, a former Pepperdine University Director of Athletics as well as a head baseball and golf coach for the Waves, was inducted into the West Coast Conference’s Hall of Honor as part of its third class during a ceremony on Saturday at the Orleans Hotel.

Wright was the fourth of eight speakers, all of whom were in attendance, and in his short eloquent address he reflected positively on his 30-plus years of association with Pepperdine and the WCC. “It is a great honor to be here and I appreciate John Watson, Steve Potts and Andy Benton for putting my name forward for this honor,” Wright said.

“I spent 34 wonderful years at Pepperdine, although sometimes it seemed like more, and got to work with a great staff, coaches and three presidents who were all very supportive of the program.”

Wayne Wright served as the Athletic Director at Pepperdine University for 21 years (1976-97). During his tenure, Pepperdine won seven NCAA titles in four different sports: baseball (1992), men’s golf (1997), men’s volleyball (1978, 1985, 1986, 1992), and men’s water polo (1997). Pepperdine also won three individual NCAA titles in the sports of men’s tennis (1988: singles, 1984, 1985: doubles).

While the Athletic Director at Pepperdine, the Waves won 33 conference regular-season championships (23 WCC), 41 conference tournament championships (40 WCC) and made 87 NCAA Championships appearances. Wright also started the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980, instituted the “Wave Club” for the purpose of raising financial support for athletic programs, and added the sports of women’s golf, women’s swimming and women’s soccer. Wright served on the NCAA Council from 1991-93, helped implement an academic advising and tutorial program at Pepperdine in 1986, which raised graduation rates, and had two student-athletes as valedictorians.

 

Wayne, 1951

Before his reign, Wright was also the golf coach for four seasons and the head baseball coach for eight seasons. A three-time WCC Coach of the Year, Wright led his baseball squads to a 195-166-3 record, three WCC titles and three NCAA playoffs.