Pearl's Tigers Into Team Building This Summer

New Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl discusses his team's summer workouts.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's first-year men's head basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, notes that not only is the summer a time to get to know his players, it is a time for his coaching staff to work on becoming a smoothly operating unit.

"I have got a great staff," Pearl says. "I think having some guys who have been with me before is important, but it is also important to have a guy like Chuck (Person) and a guy like Todd (Golden) who are learning our system. They are going to bring some fresh ideas to what we do."

Person, a former star forward for the Tigers and in the NBA, is in his first season as a college coach. His previous coaching experience was with professional teams.

Chuck Person

Golden moved to Auburn from his previous job as an assistant coach at Columbia University to become director of basketball operations for Pearl. He played collegiately at St. Mary's in California.

Also on board as assistant coaches are Tony Jones, Harris Adler and the coach's son, Steven, who have previously worked with Pearl.

Jones coached with Pearl at Tennessee and Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is Auburn's assistant head coach. The past two seasons he was head coach at Alcoa High School in Tennessee.

Adler made the move to AU from LaSalle, where he was an assistant coach. He was an assistant to Pearl for the United States team that won the gold medal at the 2009 Maccabi Games.

Steven Pearl played for his father's team as a walk-on at Tennessee.

This summer the new coaching staff is allowed to work up to eight hours a week with their players in a team setting, something they are taking advantage of with many of the players on campus taking classes.

"I think building those relationships and being able to spend time with players is really good," said Pearl, whose staff is also making sure the Tigers go into the 2014-15 team in excellent shape physically. The summer workouts that have included five-on-five drills have been up-tempo with very little down time.

"What we do is not that hard to guard, but it is taxing," Pearl says. "That is why we play nine or 10 guys, that is we rotate a lot of people because we try to wear people out."


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