WHEN BRUCE PEARL was at La Salle five summers ago preparing his Maccabi USA team for what would become a gold-medal effort in Israel, Harris Adler was right by his side as a trusted assistant. So, it was no shock when it was announced yesterday that Adler, who has been with John Giannini as an assistant for his entire decadelong tenure as an aide, was named to fill out Pearl's new staff at Auburn.
"Harris and I have won gold together," Pearl said in a statement. "I believe he has an eye for talent . . . As Dr. John Giannini's assistant coach, Harris worked in all areas, making him, in my mind, the best fit for our staff here at Auburn."