Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl said Monday that he filed for divorce from his wife of 25 years, Kim, last Monday, Sept. 10.
"This is a very difficult time for my family and me," Pearl, 47, said in a statement. "It is my hope that everyone will understand that this is a personal matter and respect our privacy."
Pearl chose to delay the announcement because one of his children celebrated a birthday late last week.
The third-year Vols’ head coach separated from his 50-year-old wife after the team returned from an 11-day trip to Europe that took place Aug. 8-19. The divorce was filed in Knox County Chancery Court on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, according to the filing papers.
Pearl, the SEC Coach of the Year and Sporting News national coach of the year after the 2005-06 season, said he does not plan to make any more public statements concerning the divorce filing.
Pearl is the second high-profile Tennessee coach to announce the filing for a divorce in the past month.
UT women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt filed for a divorce from her husband, R.B. Summitt, on Aug. 15 in Blount County Circuit Court, citing "irreconcilable differences."
Summitt’s divorce came after 17 months of separation.
While Summitt’s filing came eight days before the couple’s 27th wedding anniversary, Pearl’s came two days before his 25th anniversary.
The Pearls have four children. As of April of 2007, Jacqui was 20, Steven 18, Leah 12 and Michael 8.
Kim Pearl did not accompany her husband on the Vols’ trip to Europe.