AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn basketball assistant coach Harris Adler is heading in a new career direction as his contract with the Tigers draws to an end.
Auburn announced Friday that Adler “is leaving the program to work in his family’s business as a licensed pharmacist.” A native of Philadelphia, Adler was a pharmacist back in his home area 20 years ago.
In a statement, Adler cited his family as a reason for returning to pharmacy:
“Twenty years ago, I left the pharmacy profession to pursue a career as a basketball coach. For the last 20 years, I have spent countless hours and energy building and fostering relationships in the game of basketball. The game has taken me across the world and given me many memorable lifetime experiences. I am proud of the accomplishments I have made in reaching the NCAA Tournament four times with four different schools along with this past year helping Auburn win the SEC Championship and return to the NCAA Tournament.
It has been a privilege and an honor to work for so many great head coaches and to be surrounded by other staff members who continually sacrifice their time and effort to ensure the success of all of the student-athletes that we mentored. Throughout this journey, I have built lasting relationships with many student-athletes and coaches that I will always cherish.
Throughout life, my family has always been very important to me, and after much reflection, I have made the decision to return home to Philadelphia to be close to my mom as she continues her battle with Stage IV ovarian cancer and afford my sons the opportunity to grow up surrounded by our extended family. My wife, children and parents have made countless sacrifices for me over the years, so that I could be a basketball coach, and now it’s time for me to go back to my Philadelphia roots, work in the family business as a pharmacist and be a mentor and coach at home.
Adler spent four years as an assistant at Auburn under Pearl. He was the program’s top recruiter and was in charge of several facets of Tigers basketball, including nonconference scheduling. His contract was set to expire at the end of the month.
“I appreciate the contributions that Harris has made to bring credibility and excellence to Auburn’s basketball program,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. “Harris has always cared about the student-athletes first and foremost. Together in 2009, we won a gold medal in Israel coaching the USA team and in 2018 we won the SEC Championship. I wish Harris and his family happiness and success.”