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Auburn University Men's Basketball Head Coach Bruce Pearl will give the keynote address at the 2014 Alabama Community Leaders Network (ACLN) award luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 7, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
"He's the right man at the right time for Auburn," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs stated.
Pearl comes to Auburn as a 28-year veteran at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels, with 19 years of experience as a head coach. He has led his teams to winning seasons in each of those 19 years, including an overall record of 462-145. He has also earned seven conference coach of the year awards and three national coach of the year honors.
Since the onset of his career in 1992 at Southern Indiana, Pearl has coached three teams (Southern Indiana, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Tennessee) into turnaround seasons. With
his first title as a head coach for the University of Southern Indiana (USI), Pearl inherited a team that had won just 10 games in the previous season and led them to a 22-7 season record and a trip to the NCAA DII Tournament. Over nine seasons, USI posted a 231-46 record, won four Great Lake Valley Conference Championships and appeared in the Sweet Sixteen six times.
As head coach of UW-Milwaukee, Pearl 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) and two Horizon League Tournament Championships (2003, 2005).
During his six seasons at the University of Tennessee, his teams never failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Pearl led the Vols in winning the 2008 regular season South Eastern Conference Championship, claiming three SEC Eastern Division titles and earning the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking, with a school-record 31 wins. On top of athletic success, each of Pearl's four-year players earned their degrees.
"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. I'm thrilled to join the Auburn family and appreciative of this opportunity and the challenge that awaits," Coach Pearl said about his new career with the Auburn Tigers.
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