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Damin Lopez
Damin Lopez

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Pepperdine '94

12/09/2011

Men's Hoops Looks to Continue Strong Start vs. CSUN on Saturday

At 5-3, Marty Wilson has the same record after his first eight games as Pepperdine's full-time head coach as Jim Harrick (1979-80) and Tom Asbury (1988-89).

12/07/2011

Wilson Announces Updates to Men's Basketball Staff, Players

Director of operations John Impelman will fill the open coaching position for the remainder of the season.

12/05/2011

Waves Look for Second Win in Arizona on Wednesday

Pepperdine leads the all-time series with Northern Arizona, 12-3.

11/30/2011

Pepperdine Entertains Hawai'i on Saturday Night in Hoops Doubleheader

This is the first of two straight Saturday doubleheaders with Pepperdine's men's and women's teams.

11/27/2011

Waves Play UCLA at Sports Arena on Monday

The last time Pepperdine recorded two true road wins among the season's first five games was 2002-03.

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.

Damin Lopez Career Playing Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

Former Pepperdine standout Damin Lopez served four seasons as an assistant coach with the Waves before resigning in December 2011.

Lopez left to return to his home state of Arizona, where he was announced as the head coach at Scottsdale Chaparral High School on Dec. 7, 2011.

This was Lopez' first college coaching position. He was previously the associate head coach at perennial powerhouse St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Ariz., and also worked in the business world.

"I am very excited and thankful to Dr. Andrew Benton, Dr. John Watson and Coach Asbury for this wonderful opportunity," said Lopez at his hiring in March 2008. "Having the chance to coach at the collegiate level is special, but to go back to my alma mater is indescribable. I am truly touched and looking forward to doing whatever I can to restore the Pepperdine tradition that so many are accustomed to experiencing."

"I'm extremely pleased to have Damin join my staff," said former coach Tom Asbury at the time of Lopez' hiring. "He comes from a basketball family and grew up with the game so he's very knowledgeable. He has an excellent understanding of my system and the process of how we will do things. As a player he was an overachiever, and pound-for-pound he was the most fundamentally sound player I've ever coached. If he had been 6-foot-2, he would have played in the NBA for 15 years. Damin will do an excellent job for us."

Lopez remained with the Waves' staff after Marty Wilson was promoted to head coach.

While assisting his father David at St. Mary's High School, the Lopez family developed the school into one of the premier programs in the state. St. Mary's has sent several players to college and the pros, most notably Channing Frye (Arizona/Phoenix Suns) and Jerryd Bayless (Arizona/Toronto Raptors).

In the 12 seasons that Damin was part of the St. Mary's staff, the school won the state title in 2001 and was part of five Final Fours and nine Elite Eights while winning or sharing the Desert Valley Region title seven times. The school competed in the largest school classification (5A) despite having an enrollment of only 800.

Lopez spent five seasons (1990-94) at Pepperdine while Asbury was the head coach. Lopez was the starting point guard his final three years and still ranks second all-time in three-pointers made (239) and seventh all-time in assists (363) at Pepperdine. He holds the school's records for three-pointers in a game (nine) and for percentage in a season (.472 in 1991-92). He was named to the All-WCC first team as a senior and was honorable mention as a sophomore. He also made the All-WCC Tournament team as a junior and senior.

He played in four games during the 1989-90 season before breaking a hand and taking a medical redshirt year. The Waves went to the postseason each of the next four seasons with Lopez back in the lineup, including the NCAA Tournament in 1991, 1992 and 1994 and the NIT in 1993. The Waves won three WCC regular-season titles and three WCC Tournaments during his tenure.

He graduated from Pepperdine in 1994 with a degree in business administration. He went on to have a brief stint in the Phoenix Suns' rookie camp and with the Mexico City Aztecas of the Continental Basketball Association.

Outside of basketball, Lopez has served as a partner in Julio César Chávez Enterprises, a commercial retail development firm, and was the president/managing partner of Grupo Ñ Advertising, a full-service advertising firm specializing in Hispanic marketing.

Lopez played for his father at Apollo High School in Glendale, Ariz. As a 1998-89 senior he was named the Arizona Player of the Year by the Phoenix Gazette and the co-Player of the Year by the Arizona Republic after averaging 27.6 points.

He has a daughter, Isabella Faith.

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