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Auburn basketball promotes Chad Prewett, Mike Burgomaster, Ian Borders and Maddux Jeffreys

Justin Hokansonby:Justin Hokanson08/02/23


AUBURN — The Auburn basketball coaching staff continues its evolution as Bruce Pearl treks toward his 10th season on the Plains.

Pearl recently promoted Steven Pearl to associate head coach. The younger Pearl also enters his 10th season at Auburn, six as an assistant coach. His duties on the bench include opponent scouting, defensive strategies and adjustments as well as in-game play calling. Pearl has also played a huge role in the development of Auburn’s big men to go along with a fervent recruiting strategy.


Steven Pearl promoted to associate head coach of Auburn basketball

and if you missed it in June, make sure and read Auburn Live’s 1-on-1 interview with Bruce Pearl

And Pearl’s promotion isn’t the only coaching staff change.

Longtime staff members Chad Prewett and Mike Burgomaster have been elevated into full-time assistant coaching roles. These promotions follow the NCAA’s recent approval of the addition of two new full-time assistant coaching positions in college basketball. Prewett was previously the Director of Operations and Chief of Staff, while Burgomaster was Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant to the Head Coach.

“When the NCAA rule changes took place, most schools added one or two members to their coaching staff,” head coach Bruce Pearl said. “For me, I have always held the belief in promoting from within. We have a very experienced staff to lead our young men in this program including my veteran assistant, Ira Bowman, newest assistant, Corey Williams, and director of player development, Marquis Daniels.”

The new NCAA rules stipulate that the two new assistant coach positions have to remain on campus, so no off-campus recruiting, but they are full-time assistant coaches. They join Pearl, Ira Bowman and Corey Williams as assistant coaches on staff. Williams was officially hired away from Texas Tech in April, replacing the departed Wes Flanigan.

Since joining the program in June 2014, Prewett has served in a variety of roles including special assistant, interim assistant coach and director of operations. Burgomaster was promoted to recruiting coordinator and assistant to the Head Coach during the 2021-22 season and is entering his seventh year at Auburn. He previously served as assistant director of operations from 2019-21.

“I am delighted to be able to promote Chad to assistant coach,” Pearl said. “Chad has had a tremendous impact on our program on and off the court. He is a great teacher of the game with a great basketball mind. As chief of staff, much of his focus has been off the court with the Bruce Pearl Family Foundation, AUTLIVE and Bruce Pearl Fore the Children Golf Classic, making a huge difference in the Auburn community, our program and the University.”

“To be 28 years old and to be an assistant coach at the SEC level speaks volumes about Mike’s talent and work ethic,” Pearl said. “He has one of the best offensive minds of anybody I’ve been around. Therefore, his promotion to assistant coach and offensive coordinator is quite an accomplishment.”

Both Prewett and Burgomaster have been integral parts of scouting and the team’s overall preparation game in and game out, and have earned reputations of being loyal and valuable members of Pearl’s program over the years.

But that’s not the only staff members receiving promotions.

Longtime staff members Ian Borders and Maddux Jeffreys have also been promoted. Borders is the new Director of Scouting and Recruiting, and Jeffreys is the new Director of Basketball Operations.

In his fifth season, Borders was previously Video Coordinator, in charge of cutting and breaking down film of opponents and practices, scouting and facilitating on-campus recruiting. Entering his seventh season, Jeffreys was previously Assistant Director of Operations. Jeffreys is a lifelong Tigers’ fan who graduated from Auburn in 2020.

“Ian has done a great job as our video coordinator over the last couple of years,” Pearl said. “The importance of video, in both the scouting and recruiting areas, is vital. This was an opportunity to elevate and recognize his basketball knowledge of evaluating players. He has done a phenomenal job with that for us.”

“Maddux has been with us the last seven years, serving as a student manager, graduate assistant and assistant director of operations,” Pearl said. “He has obviously paid his dues. He understands our operation and the importance of helping our players be successful. When it comes to Auburn Basketball, it’s always more than just the basketball. There is community service, player development and fundraising. All the things that go into being a really good program.”

In the end, Flanigan departs, Williams comes in, and all other changes were made inside the program, with Pearl elevating loyal staffers and working to maintain the internal culture built over the years.

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