Coaching Staff

HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

Bruce Pearl
Bruce Pearl

  • Bruce Pearl was named Auburn’s 20th head basketball coach on March 18, 2014, replacing Tony Barbee.  He is in his 3rd year as Auburn’s Head Basketball Coach (26-40, .394).
  • On the opportunity, Pearl said, “I’m humbled and blessed to be back in the game that I love. I don’t know how long it will take, but it’s time to rebuild the Auburn basketball program, and bring it to a level of excellence so many of the other teams on campus enjoy.”
  • Among his achievements, Pearl is the second-fastest NCAA coach to reach 300 victories, and needed only 382 games to reach this mark (Roy Williams, the current coach at North Carolina, needed 370 games at the Kansas to reach this milestone).
  • Within two years at both Tennessee and Auburn, Bruce Pearl’s teams had recorded a win against each of the other teams in the SEC at that time
  • Pearl also served as the head coach for the Maccabi USA basketball team in the 2009 World Maccabiah Games
  • Pearl was the first president of the Jewish Coaches Association
  • Bruce Pearl signed a 6-year contract with Auburn worth $2.2 million per year with a $100,000 annual escalator
ASSISTANT COACHES

Chuck Person
Chuck Person
Assoc. HC

  • Twenty-eight years after leading the Tigers to within one game of the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 1986, All-American Chuck Person returned home while spending 26 years in the NBA as a player, assistant coach and front office executive
  • The most prolific scorer and third all-time leading rebounder in Auburn Basketball history, Person is in his third season on Bruce Pearl’s staff at Auburn
  • The Brantley, Ala., native was promoted to Associate Head Coach in May 2015 after spending his first season as an assistant coach
  • His 13-year NBA coaching and executive career along with his second season coaching at Auburn has seen him play and be on the staffs of some of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball in Bruce Pearl at Auburn, Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, Jack Ramsay of the Portland Trail Blazers and Rick Carlisle of the Indiana Pacers
  • Person played under Hall of Famer Sonny Smith at Auburn

Jermile Brooks
Harris Adler

  • Adler, who coached under Bruce Pearl for the 2009 gold medal winning Maccabi USA Team, is in his third season as an assistant coach at Auburn
  • On the recruiting trail, Adler helped Auburn land two of the best signing classes in program history in 2015 and 2016, which included Auburn’s first five-star recruit in history in Mustapha Heron and six four-star recruits. The 2015 class would be ranked as high as 10th-best in the nation and was graded as an A-minus by ESPN. The 2016 class was ranked 25th.
  • Adler spent the previous 10 seasons at La Salle under Dr. John Giannini, managing recruiting, scouting, scheduling and academic progress for the Explorers.  Adler was an instrumental part of La Salle’s run to the 2013 Sweet 16 when the team defeated Boise State, Kansas State and Ole Miss during the tournament run. The team also recorded wins over No. 9 Butler, No. 16 VCU and No. 12 Kansas State, finishing third in the Atlantic 10 with 24 wins.


Steven Pearl
Dir. of Operations

  • Steven Pearl is in his third year on the Auburn coaching staff, his second as the director of basketball operations after spending his first year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach
  • As the director of operations he is in charge of team travel while also helping plan team practices, working with the team’s academics and runs all of the Auburn Basketball Camps
  • Pearl was a four-year letter-winner for his father, Bruce Pearl, at Tennessee, playing in 101 games from 2007-11
  • He helped Tennessee to back-to-back SEC East Championships in 2008 and 2009, with the ’08 team winning the league by two games over Kentucky and Mississippi State. He also appeared in the NCAA Tournament each year he was a part of the program with the Volunteers advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2007 and 2008 and the Elite 8 in 2010
  • Pearl, who was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduated from Tennessee with a degree in Marketing and International Business in December 2010
SUPPORT STAFF

Chad Prewett
Chad Prewett
Special Asst. to HC

  • Prewett is in his third season as the special assistant to head coach Bruce Pearl after joining the program in June 2014
  • Prewett, who came to Auburn following a seven-year run at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, handles all of coach Bruce Pearl’s speaking engagements and is also the team liaison with various departments on campus, including marketing and media relations
  • He is also highly involved in the Auburn Tip-Off Club, which resumed activities in 2014-15 following a two-year break and saw the highest participation in club history
  • Five times he was named the AISA All-Star Game Coach, he was the 2009 AISA Coach of the Yea and the OA News Coach of the Year four times (2012 – boys; 2008, 2009, 2011 – girls). He also coached the AISA Track State Champions in 2009, 2010 and 2011

Jordan VerHulst
Jordan Verhulst
Video Coordinator

  • VerHulst is in his third season as the video coordinator at Auburn joining coach Bruce Pearl’s staff in 2014 after holding the same position at Memphis
  • He is in charge of all the basketball team video needs for scouting opponents
  • VerHulst was the video coordinator at Memphis from 2009-14, breaking down upcoming opponents and presenting coaches and players scouting reports
  • He also developed software to create plus-minus reports, shot charts and offensive efficiency
  • VerHulst graduated Grand Valley State University in 2008 with a bachelor of arts in business management. He then moved to Memphis where he earned his master’s in Sport Management in 2012.

Damon Davis
Damon Davis
Strength Coach

  • Davis is in his fifth season as the strength and conditioning coach responsible for the training of men’s basketball
  • In his eighth year at Auburn, he also works with the men’s and women’s golf teams
  • Davis spent his first four years at Auburn as assistant strength and conditioning coach, the last two with the baseball team
  • Davis was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Iowa from 2004-08, working with baseball, track and field, cross country and softball while assisting all other sports. Prior to that, he was an intern with the Chicago Bulls from 2002-04.

Clark Pearson
Clark Pearson
Athletic Trainer

  • Pearson is in his eighth year at Auburn and his second working with coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn Basketball
  • Pearson spent his first six seasons as the head athletic trainer for football, overseeing the care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries for the football team
  • Pearson spent his first six seasons as the head athletic trainer for football, overseeing the care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries for the football team
  • He conducted a two-year research study while at Oklahoma in conjunction with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute — “Salt Depletion and Cramping in Collegiate Football Players”. He served on the 2001 Big 12 Athletic Training Staff of the Year.