Jewish Journal

JCA Makes a Statement on Pearl Situation

by Jeremy Fine

September 19, 2010 | 9:59 am

Recently, Bruce Pearl found himself in a tough situation (Story: www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/13919242/pearl-admits-mistakes-during-ncaa-probe-has-salary-cut). The Jewish Coaches Association sent a statement to TGR.  Read it below:



September 17, 2010

Jewish Coaches Association (JCA)

Miami, FL- In light of the current state of events, the Jewish Coaches Association would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to our association’s President, Bruce Pearl.  Although mistakes were made, coach Pearl has admitted his fault and taken full responsibility for the prevailing accusations.

At the JCA, our coaches work with strong diligence and integrity while serving as role models to not only their teams but to their schools and the community. This is what Bruce Pearl is and will continue to be, a great role model and an honorable man. He is the definition of an admirable coach and a resolute observer of the Jewish faith. Bruce has an amazing reputation around the game, not just for his coaching abilities, but for the type of person he is.

As the recipient of our 2010 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year Award, Bruce did not simply earn the award because of his remarkable season; members of the JCA felt that he embodied everything that the award represents: dedication, passion, honor and principal.

Bruce has been an avid ambassador and contributor to not just our organization, but a variety of other non-profits including the Jewish Federations of North America as well as the OutLive Campaign against Cancer. He is a praiseworthy coach and friend that we will continue to support. He has had an immense impact on our association and we look forward to working with him in the future.

The Jewish Coaches Association was founded in 2006 as an advocacy and outreach group for Jewish basketball coaches. The organization’s mission is to utilize the teachings of the Jewish faith in order to foster the growth and development of coaching, program building and leadership skills amongst its members. The association also aims at creating networking opportunities for members around the nation and the overall support of Jewish basketball.

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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