n five years as head coach at Auburn, Bruce Pearl has led the Tigers to 100 wins, two Southeastern Conference championships, back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first ever appearance in the Final Four.
In his 24 seasons, he has guided his teams to the NCAA Tournament 19 times and ranks second among active SEC coaches in winning percentage as an NCAA head coach at .722.
Pearl is one of just three head coaches to take four programs (with three at the DI level) to the Sweet 16, joining Lon Kruger and Eddie Sutton.
He has set single-season wins records at four different schools with the most recent coming during the 2018-19 season when the Tigers amassed 30 victories en route to the Final Four.
During Auburn’s historic March Madness run in the 2018-19 season, the Tigers became the first team ever to knock off the three winningest programs in college basketball history in succession – Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Pearl is only the 11th coach in SEC history to win four conference titles in a 10-year span, joining the likes of Adolph Rupp (Kentucky), Billy Donovan (Florida), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) and Rick Pitino (Kentucky) among others.
Pearl has produced one of, if not the, biggest turnaround in the entire college basketball landscape. Before taking over prior to the 2014-15 season, the Tigers had an average RPI of 191.8. In the past two seasons, Auburn finished its campaign 16th and 13th, respectively, in the final RPI, highlighted by consecutive NCAA Tournament bids and a pair of conference titles.
His teams have been just as successful off the court as Auburn has had 23 graduates in five years – the most in the SEC.