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Mark Amaral
Mark Amaral

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Experience:
4th Year

Alma Mater:
College of Idaho '90

11/07/2014

Men's Basketball 2014-15 Season Outlook

The Waves begin the season at home in one week (vs. Fresno State on Nov. 14).

01/10/2014

Men's Basketball Ends Road Trip at San Diego on Saturday

The Waves beat the Toreros at home two weeks ago.

11/05/2013

Men's Basketball 2013-14 Season Preview

Pepperdine hosts San Diego Christian on Saturday at 5 p.m.

03/05/2013

Men's Hoops Begins WCC Championships Thursday vs. USD

The Pepperdine-San Diego game will air on BYUtv at approximately 8:30 p.m.

03/01/2013

Men's Hoops Ends Regular Season at USD on Saturday

The Waves and Toreros may meet again next week at the WCC Tournament.

03/01/2014

Men's Basketball vs. Santa Clara (3/1/2014)

Martin A. Folb photos of the Waves' 86-78 loss to the Broncos.

02/01/2014

Men's Basketball vs. LMU (2/1/2014)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' 80-69 win over the Lions.

12/10/2011

Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Northridge (12/10/11)

Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Waves' 73-70 loss to CSUN.

11/17/2011

Men's Basketball vs. Pomona-Pitzer (11/12/2011)

Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' 59-50 season-opening victory.

11/05/2011

Men's Basketball vs. Occidental (11/5/2011)

Photos of the Waves' 78-72 win over the Tigers by Martin A. Folb.

A veteran coach who is well-respected on the West Coast, Mark Amaral will begin his fourth season as the associate head coach for the Pepperdine men's basketball program in 2014-15.

"I have such great respect for Marty Wilson as a person, a friend and as a coach," said Amaral at his hiring in March 2011. "I go back with him to our days at UCSB together. The thing I'm most excited about is to help resurrect the tradition and the successful history that Pepperdine basketball has achieved in the past. I'm honored that Marty would give me the opportunity to help him do that, and I'm very appreciative."

Amaral is heading into his 15th season as a Division I coach and his 24th overall. Before coming to Pepperdine he was the associate head coach at Cal Poly for two seasons and was an assistant coach at Colorado State for two years and at UC Santa Barbara for seven (where he and Wilson were fellow assistants on the UCSB coaching staff for four seasons).

"I am excited to have Coach Amaral join our Waves basketball family," said Wilson at the time of Amaral's hiring. "My relationship with Mark goes back more than 11 years when we worked together at UC Santa Barbara. He brings a wealth of recruiting and coaching experience that will immediately impact our program. He is a great family man and will fit in very well with the Pepperdine and Malibu community."

At Cal Poly, where he was in charge of scheduling, offensive structure and scouting, Amaral helped the Mustangs tie program records in 2010-11 for most Big West Conference wins (10), best finish in the Big West (second) and best seeding at the Big West Tournament (#2).

Amaral served as Colorado State's recruiting coordinator while coaching its post players in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

During his seven seasons (2001-07) as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara under Bob Williams, the Gauchos went 111-95 overall. UCSB won its first-ever Big West Conference Tournament title in 2002 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 2003, the Gauchos won the Big West regular-season title and played in the NIT. He also handled recruiting coordinator duties in Santa Barbara.

Amaral's head coaching experience consists of three successful seasons at Peninsula College, a junior college located in Port Angeles, Wash. The program had been dormant for 17 years before Amaral resurrected the team in 1997-98. The team posted a winning record in just his second year and then in his third and final season, the Pirates recorded a program-record 28 wins and won the 2000 NWAACC Northern Division title.

Amaral was named the 2000 NWAACC Northern Division Coach of the Year and posted a three-year record of 58-31 (.652) at Peninsula.

In addition to his coaching duties at Peninsula, he also served as a physical education instructor and a community and high school relations coordinator.

Amaral got his start in coaching at the NAIA level in the early to mid-`90s, working as an assistant at Carroll College for two seasons, Lewis-Clark State for one and Montana Tech for three.

A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Amaral spent two seasons at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., where he played two years of basketball under future Cal State Fullerton head coach Bob Burton. Amaral then went on to play at the College of Idaho, where he helped the Coyotes make the quarterfinals of the NAIA Championships both seasons.

Amaral received his bachelor's degree in business and marketing from the College of Idaho in 1990, and completed a master's degree in physical education from Idaho State in 1994.

He and his wife, Chris, have two sons, Tanner and Landon.

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