Bruce Pearl has been successful in turning around the Auburn basketball program. And now, the Tigers coach is reaping the benefits.
Auburn announced on Monday morning that Pearl has received a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. Pearl has a 70-62 record over the last four seasons leading Auburn, which includes leading the Tigers to their first SEC regular-season championship since 1999 last season.
“It was a historic season for Auburn basketball, and one that was matched by excellence in the classroom as well,” Tigers athletic director Allen Greene said in a statement.
Auburn went 26-8 and made the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18 after finishing in the bottom half of the SEC in each of Pearl’s first three seasons. It was the Tigers’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2003.
“We take great pride in providing our student-athletes with an abundance of resources to help with their overall development,” Greene said in a press release. “Coach Pearl shares my commitment to ensuring the holistic development of our student-athletes and adhering to the mission of Auburn University as an institution of higher learning.”
Pearl has been a head coach in the college ranks since 1992, making stops at Southern Indiana (1992-2001), Milwaukee (2001-05) and Tennessee (2005-11), prior to joining Auburn in 2014. He has a career 532-207 record and has made the NCAA Tournament nine times.
“Our coaches and student-athletes believe in Auburn, and we love it,” Pearl said in a statement. “We came here to work hard, make a positive difference on the campus and in the community and bring credibility and championships back to Auburn basketball. I’m grateful to President Dr. Steven Leath and Director of Athletics Allen Greene for their commitment and support. My family is blessed to be a part of the Auburn Family.”