Bruce Pearl was named head coach of the Auburn Tigers men’s basketball team in March by Auburn Athletic Director, Jay Jacobs. Pearl has guided three different teams to 18 postseason appearances in 19 years. He comes to Auburn never having a losing season, with an overall record of 462-145 (.761).
Pearl is known for turning programs around. In 1992 he inherited a University of Southern Indiana team that had won just 10 games the previous season and led them to a 22-7 mark.. They received bids to the NCAA Tournament in each of the nine years Pearl was at the helm, with an overall record of 231-46, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen six times, winning four Great Lake Valley Conference Championships, record and won the national championship in 1995.
Pearl took the head coaching job at UW-Milwaukee in 2001 and led the Panthers to the most successful season in school history in 2005, winning the regular season, conference tournament and UWM's first appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In four years as the head coach at UW-Milwaukee, the Panthers won a pair of Horizon League titles (2004, 2005), two Horizon League Tournament Championships (2003, 2005), and earned NCAA bids twice. Pearl's 51-13 (.797) record in Horizon League games gave him the best winning percentage by a coach in league history.
Coming off a 14-17 season and losing their top 2 scorers, Tennessee hired Pearl in 2005. He led the Vols to a 22-8 mark, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Pearl took UT to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen four times, advanced to the Elite 8 in 2010, claimed three SEC Eastern Division titles and earned the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking, with a school-record 31 wins. During his six seasons at UT, they averaged 25.2 wins per season and never failed to make the NCAA Tournament.
Pearl has earned seven Conference Coach of the Year awards and three National Coach of the Year honors. He has coached 6 athletes to be named “Player of the Year”, and every four-year player coached at Tennessee earned their degree.