Marty Wilson
Marty Wilson
Position: Assistant Coach
The hiring of Marty Wilson in May of 1998 was Bob Williams' first order of business as head coach of the Gauchos, and it has paid off.

Wilson is now in his sixth full season as a UCSB assistant coach, and Williams' right-hand-man.

His duties include recruiting, on-floor coaching and game preparation. In fact, in terms of recruiting, he was has been instrumental in helping UCSB sign 15 players over the last five years, including some of the best recruiting classes in several years.

Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara, Wilson spent a pair of seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego. During his two-year stint at San Diego, he was the Toreros' recruiting coordinator, a role he also performed during his tenure as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Pepperdine.

Wilson joined the Pepperdine staff in August of 1990 as the restricted earnings coach and in April of 1994, he was elevated to full-time assistant status. One year later, in April of 1995, he was named head assistant. In January of 1996, at the age of 28, he was named interim head coach for the Waves, replacing head coach Tony Fuller who resigned in mid-season. That year, Wilson directed Pepperdine into the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament with a first round upset of top-seeded Santa Clara.

During Wilson's six seasons as a member of the Pepperdine coaching staff, the program recorded a cumulative record of 106-72 (.596), advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1991, 1992, and 1994, and competed in the National Invitation Tournament in 1993.

A 1989 graduate of Pepperdine with a bachelor's degree in communications, Wilson played for the Waves between 1984-89. After missing the 1986-87 season due to a back injury, Wilson returned for his senior year in 1988-89 and as the starting point guard, directed the team to a 20-13 record and second round showing in the NIT. During that 1988-89 campaign, Pepperdine's coaching staff included assistants Bob Williams and David Campbell.

"My relationship with Marty goes back a long time," said Williams. "He was the point guard at Pepperdine my first year there and we have had a close relationship ever since." In addition to his coaching duties, each summer Wilson runs a free basketball camp for under-privileged kids in his hometown of Pacoima, California. He has run the camp for eight years and each year approximately 80 to 120 kids participate.

Wilson and his wife, Mayra, reside in Santa Barbara, they have one daughter (Jessica) and one son (Jalon).

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