April 7, 2014
The most prolific scorer in Auburn basketball history, Chuck Person has been named an assistant coach on Bruce Pearl's staff at Auburn.
"I am honored and we are privileged that Chuck Person has decided to come home to Auburn," Pearl said. "He brings with him a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our players and coaching staff. Chuck's character, integrity, the ability to teach and communicate and his love for the Auburn community were factors that attracted me to him."
"I would like to thank President Gogue, Athletic Director Jay Jacobs and head coach Bruce Pearl for allowing me to be a part of the rebirth of Auburn basketball," Person said. "Along with the other assistant coaches, we will be the hardest working, make-no-excuse staff that will give 100 percent of our time and energy to help fulfill coach Pearl's vision and philosophy that will propel Auburn basketball back into the national spotlight."
Person was a four-year letter winner at Auburn from 1982-86, helping the team to the first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history (1984, '85, '86), including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1986. He also helped Auburn win the 1985 SEC Tournament, for which he was named Tournament MVP as Auburn was the first league school to win four games in four days.
Person, who played alongside fellow Auburn greats Charles Barkley and Chris Morris, is the all-time scoring leader in Auburn history, with 2,311 points in 126 games for an 18.3 ppg mark, which is sixth all-time in school history. He is also the school record-holder for field goals made (1,017) and field goals attempted (1,899) and is third in total rebounds (940).
Person was a two-time All-American (1985, 1986), a three-time First Team All-SEC selection and was selected to ESPN's SEC Silver Anniversary Team. Nicknamed "The Rifleman", he had his No. 45 jersey retired at Auburn on Feb. 18, 2006.
"I am very excited about Chuck's return to Auburn," athletics director Jay Jacobs said. "He was a big part of our program's past success, and it is exciting to have him as an integral part of its bright future. Coach Pearl is putting together a phenomenal staff, and Chuck is a great addition who will help turn our program around."
A native of Brantley, Ala., Person was the fourth overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played for five different teams during his 13-year career, averaging 14.7 ppg on 45.8 percent shooting, including 36.2 from 3-point range. In 1987 he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year while averaging 18.8 ppg for the Pacers.
Person would play six years in Indiana, two in Minnesota, three in San Antonio and one each in Charlotte and Seattle, advancing to the playoffs eight times.
Following his NBA playing career, Person began his career in coaching with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2000. From 2004-2013 he worked on the bench for the Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers, helping the Lakers win a NBA Championship in 2010.
Person played for and coached under some of the greatest coaches in NBA history in Jack Ramsay, Gregg Popovich, Rick Carlisle and Phil Jackson. While working with Jackson and the Lakers, he helped NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol win the 2010 NBA Championship.
Person was also teammates with such Hall of Fame players as David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Moses Malone and Gary Payton as well as future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.
Person spent the 2013-14 season as an associate head coach for the Jeonju KCC Egis in the Korean Basketball League.
Person is the third person to join Pearl's staff at Auburn, joining assistant coach Tony Jones and Steven Pearl.