Harris Adler, who is in his 20th season overall and his fourth as an assistant coach at Auburn as recruiting coordinator, has been a mainstay in Auburn's major rebuilding project under head coach Bruce Pearl. Over Adler's 20 years of coaching, he has assisted in turning around three Div. I programs into winning success.
This past season, Auburn recorded its first winning season since 2008-09 with an 18-14 record as the Tigers were the only team in the country with freshmen as its top four leading scorers. The Tigers swept three teams in Alabama, LSU and Missouri for the first time since 2008-09, marking the first time sweeping the Crimson Tide since that same season.
Auburn had six true road wins for the first time since the SEC Champion Tigers in 1998-99, winning at Alabama, NIT Champion TCU, UConn, LSU, Missouri and UAB. As the Tigers went 3-0 vs. the Big 12 Conference with wins over Oklahoma, Texas Tech and TCU, Mustapha Heron was named to the Freshman All-SEC team, the first Tiger since 2007.
In 2015-16, for the first time since the 1967-68 season, Auburn defeated Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas in the same season. The Tigers defeated No. 13 Kentucky and Alabama in back-to-back games for the first time since 1967 and the third time in its 110 seasons of basketball. Auburn snapped several long losing streaks: 18 games to Kentucky, 15 games to ranked teams, eight games to Tennessee and eight games to Arkansas. All of this despite Auburn players missing 125 games on the season due to injury, etc.
In 2014-15, the Tigers won five games against eventual NCAA Tournament teams, including eventual Sweet 16 Xavier, beating LSU twice along with Georgia and Texas Southern. Adler helped guide senior All-SEC second-team guard KT Harrell to become only the fifth Auburn player in the 83-year SEC history to lead the league in scoring at 18.5 ppg. Harrell was the first Tiger to lead the SEC in scoring since 1994.
On the recruiting trail, Adler helped Auburn land three of the best signing classes in program history in 2015, 2016, which included Auburn's first five-star recruit in history in Mustapha Heron and six four-star recruits, and 2017, which was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation before 17-year-old Austin Wiley enrolled in Auburn in December. Wiley was Auburn's second five-star in history, both coming in consecutive classes. 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.
Adler was also a key component to the 2011-12 season in which La Salle won 21 games and reached the NIT, the first postseason appearance for the program in 20 years. The 21 wins were also the team's most since 1990.
Adler played a key role in recruiting nine all-Atlantic 10 players, five Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team selections and two Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes of the Year. Two student-athletes received Academic or Scholar All-America recognition.
Prior to La Salle, Adler served for two years as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania under Fran Dunphy. At UPenn, Adler helped the program to an Ivy League Championship and a NCAA Tournament bid in 2003. During his two seasons at Penn the program went 39-16 (.709). He assisted in the team's recruiting and scouting and also served as the head coach of the Penn junior varsity squad, compiling a record of 21-7 (.750).
Previously, Adler was an assistant coach at Centenary College (2001-02), helping the team achieve its first winning season in eight years. Prior to Centenary, Adler served as a graduate assistant at Rowan University (1999-01), where he was part of a coaching staff that led the team to the Division III Sweet 16. He began his basketball coaching career as an assistant coach at Salem Community College in New Jersey in 1998-99.
Adler has also gained international head coaching experience leading Maccabi USA teams. He served as the head coach for the Maccabi USA team in the European Maccabi Games in Rome in 2007, leading the team to a bronze medal. In 2006, he led the Maccabi USA Team to a gold medal at the inaugural Australia International Maccabi Games in Sydney with a perfect 7-0 record. He was also an assistant coach alongside Pearl for the gold medal-winning Maccabi USA team at the 18th Maccabiah Games in 2009 and the bronze medal-winning Maccabi USA team in 2005.
Adler holds a master's degree in higher education administration from Rowan University and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is also a licensed pharmacist.
He is married to the former Amy Weinstein of Philadelphia, Pa. They have two sons, Ryan and Mason.
Steven Pearl was promoted to assistant coach on April 6, 2017, and is entering his fourth year on the Auburn coaching staff. He spent the previous two seasons as the director of basketball operations after spending his first year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
As the director of operations he was 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. He has also taken classes towards a graduate degree.
Following graduation, Pearl was a medical sales representative for Stryker Corp for three years before joining the Auburn staff.
Pearl played for West High School in Knoxville, Tenn., where he was an all-state and All-PrepXtra selection by the Knoxville News Sentinel. While in high school he led the U.S. Men's Basketball Team to a gold medal at the 2006 Maccabi Games in Sydney, Australia, an accomplishment he would repeat as a gold medal winner in the 2009 Maccabi Games in Israel.
Interim Assistant Coach
Chad Prewett is entering his fourth season on head coach Bruce Pearl's staff and is first after being promoted to director of basketball operations in April 2017. He spent the previous three seasons as the special assistant to 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 coordinated external relations and events, was the team liaison with various departments on campus, including marketing and media relations.
Prewett is very involved with the Pearl’s AUTLIVE initiative to benefit cancer patients in the fight to beat cancer as well as the Bruce Pearl Fore the Children Golf Classic and Bruce, Barkley and Basketball Golf Classic. He directs all of the Bruce Pearl Basketball Camps.
He also offers support 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.
Prewett joined the staff at Lee-Scott Academy in 2007 as both the boys and girls basketball and track coach. He led the varsity boys basketball team to the 2012 AISA State Championship, a runner-up finish in 2011 and the Final Four in 2009 and 2010. Over the years the Lee-Scott boys team's went 139-31. On the girls side he led the program to four AISA State Championships (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013), a runner-up finish in 2014 and the Final Four in 2008 and 2010.
Five times he was named the AISA All-Star Game Coach, he was the 2009 AISA Coach of the Year 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.
Prior to Lee-Scott, Prewett was the varsity boys basketball and track coach at Faith Academy in Mobile from 2004-07. He led the boys basketball team to the 2006 AISA State Championship, the 2005 Final Four and was the 2006 AISA All-Star Game Coach and Coach of the Year. He led Faith Academy to a 63-21 record.
Prewett started his coaching career at Escambia Academy. From 1995-2004, he was a coach for the basketball, football, golf and track teams and added the title of Athletics Director from 1998-04. Escambia was awarded the AISA Chairman's Award for Outstanding Program in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Prewett earned a bachelor's of science from Troy State University in 1994 in health, physical education and recreation and a master's degree in Foundations of Education in 2000. He and his wife, Tonya, have three daughters: Madison, Mallory and Mary Mykal.