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Harris Adler
Harris  Adler

Assistant Coach


02-25-17 Arkansas vs Auburn Men's Basketball

02-25-17 Arkansas vs Auburn Men's Basketball Anthony Hall

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.

Coaching Career
1998-99 Assistant, Salem Community College
1999-01 Graduate Assistant, Rowan University
2001-02 Assistant, Centenary College
2002-04 Assistant, University of Pennsylvania
2004-07 Director of Basketball Operations, La Salle University
2007-14 Assistant Coach, La Salle University
2014-17 Assistant Coach, Auburn University
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