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Tide hoops aide to retire

By Josh Cooper
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Alabama assistant basketball coach Tom Asbury announced his retirement from coaching on Wednesday.

Asbury, 61, will remain on staff until his contract expires in July. He had been at Alabama since 2003.

"This is something that actually has been in the planning since the beginning of the season," Asbury said in a press release. "It became apparent around the first of the year that I was not going to be able to continue to commit to the hours and demands of coaching."

Asbury's wife, Carlie, was diagnosed with cancer during the season. In the release, Asbury referenced health issues with his family as a reason for his retirement

Alabama coach Mark Gottfried hired Asbury out of retirement in 2003.

Asbury was the head coach at Kansas State from 1994-2000, amassing a 76-69 record.

Asbury's other head coaching stint came with Pepperdine from 1988-1994, where he made the NCAA tournament three times.

"I want to thank Tom for his contributions to our basketball program," Gottfried said. "He has been an exceptional asset during the past four years. He made a difference here in a very positive manner. Although I have know Tom and his wife Carlie for a number of years, I have grown to respect him even more since having the opportunity to work with him on a daily basis."

Asbury will move into an undisclosed role in the athletic department.

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