Pepperdine names Eberhardt as new Assistant Basketball Coach

Head coach of the Pepperdine men’s basketball program Lorenzo Romar announced the hiring of assistant coach Daniel Eberhardt.

“Daniel has been with us for a short time but has already made his mark,” Romar said. “He has hit the ground running and is going to be a great asset to our program. Dan has head coaching experience, is a great idealist and is a relentless worker. We’re excited to have him.”

The Roseville, Calif. native heads to Malibu after the departure of long-time assistant coach and director of operations John Impelman, who was on the Pepperdine bench for 14 seasons. 

Eberhardt joins the Waves’ staff after 11 years of coaching experience with his most recent stop as an assistant on the women’s side at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Prior to his time with the Mustangs, he held the head men’s coaching spot at NCAA Division II Holy Names University (2020-22) after spending six years as an assistant at Cal State East Bay (2014-20) and two at his alma mater, Cal Maritime (2012-14).

At Cal State East Bay, Eberhardt helped lead the men’s program to its first-ever NCAA Division II ranking and the team set two school records for wins in a season. His recruiting efforts at East Bay led to 10 All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) selections, two NCAA DII All-West region members and a CCAA Newcomer of the Year honoree. 

Eberhardt graduated from Maritime in 2012 and then stayed local, guiding the Keelhaulers to two conference championships and helping the team achieve its highest NAIA national ranking in school history. While playing at Cal Maritime, the 6-1 guard was named a team captain and earned All-Conference honors as well as the NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champion of Character award and president of the Keelhaulers’ chapter of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. 

“I am thrilled to be working with Coach Romar and his staff at Pepperdine,” Eberhardt said. “This opportunity to work with this program, at this level, is a lifelong dream for me. My personal vision aligns with that of the university and I am grateful for the chance to positively impact those around me.”

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