Bruce Pearl Biography

March 18, 2020
First published on:March 18, 2020
by John Max

Facts of Bruce Pearl

Birth Name Bruce Allan Pearl
Birth Place Boston, Massachusetts
Famous Name Bruce Pearl
Net Worth $5 Million
Salary $3.8 million
Current team Auburn
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Profession Basketball Coach
Currently Married Yes
Married to Bruce Pearl (m. 2009)
Divorce Bruce Pearl (m. 1982–2007)
Children Four

Bruce Allan Pearl a.k.a. Bruce Pearl is an American basketball coach currently serving the Auburn Tigers men's basketball program as their head coach. A professional since 1982, he served for Stanford (1982–1986), Iowa (1986–1992), Southern Indiana (1992–2001), Milwaukee (2001–2005), and Tennessee (2005–2011).

Boston, Massachusetts native, Bruce Pearl was born on March 18, 1960, under the star sign Pisces. The fifty-nine years old holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnic background.

Bruce Pearl Net Worth & Salary As Of 2020

Bruce Pearl is listed #11 in the Highest-Paid College Basketball Coache in 2020 with an annual salary of $3.8 million. Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, and Mick Cronin ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the list. In 2019, Bruce signed a contract extension with Auburn which includes an annual salary of $3.8 million, with it escalating $125,000 per year after the 2019-20 season. Auburn Undercover reported, the university and Pearl also showed a strong connection to stay together, as they agreed to a hefty buyout structure that begins at $8 million in the first year and it decreases to $6 million in Year 2 and then to $4 million in Year 3 and $2 million in Year 4. 

As of 2020, his net worth is approximately $5 million.

CAPTION: Bruce Pearl has an estimated net worth of $5 million as SOURCE: Washington Post

Before, re-signed the contract, Pearl had a base salary of $2.6 million during the 2018-19 season. In 2014, he joined the team, signing a 6-year contract worth $2.2 million per year with a $100,000 annual escalator, in 2014. 

Besides, Pearl sold his West Knoxville home for $882,000 for a loss after he bought the house for more than $1.1 million in 2014. 

Bruce Pearl Married Brandy after Divorce from First Wife

In 1982, Pearl married Kim Shrigley, a former nurse. The couple shared four children: Jacqui, Michael, Leah, and Steven. Among four, son, Steven is now his assistant coach at Auburn and daughter, Leah, Works for Turner Sports. 

Bruce Pearl with his daughter, Leah SOURCE: usatoday

However, the couple parted their ways in 2007 after twenty-five years of their marriage. During post-divorce, Kim hit headline when she started a salon called Alimony with money she received through a divorce settlement. 

When asked about her business, his ex-wife, Kim told, she wanted to have a company that would let her versatility to take care of her Coach Bruce Pearls two younger children. As the kids are grown up, the store shut down.

Brandy Pearl's 2nd wife, Brandy Pearl SOURCE: Twitter @Bruce Pearl

In 2009, Pearl tied the knot with Brandy who he calls his “Best & Most Trusted Friend”. Together, they are part owners of an Auburn boarding and grooming business.  

Family & Education

Pearl is the son of Bernie and Barbara. In an interview, he confirmed he is from Jewish heritage. Though in the '80s, his parents are still very active and still attend the game.

He attended Sharon High School. Further, he enrolled at Boston College, graduating in 1982.

Career Highlights

  • 1995 NABC Division II Coach of the Year 
  • 2006 Sporting News Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Adolph Rupp Cup
  • 2× GLVC Coach of the Year won in 1993 & 1994
  • 3× Horizon League Coach of the Year won in 2003, 2004, & 2005
  • 2× SEC Coach of the Year won in 2006 & 2008

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