WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletics announced the resignation of head men's rowing coach Todd Pearson today. Coach Pearson is leaving to pursue other professional interests outside of coaching and to spend more time with his young family. Pearson had served as the Crusaders' head coach for the past six years. Previously, Pearson was Holy Cross' men's freshman coach for five years.
"I would like to thank Todd for the energy, passion and leadership he brought to our Men's Crew program, both as a student-athlete, and as a coach," said director of athletics Nathan Pine. "The entire Holy Cross family wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Now we will begin a national search for our next head coach to lead our top 25 Men's Crew team and continue to build upon the incredible tradition of our storied program. We will be looking for a leader who will embrace the ideals of Holy Cross while running an elite program and helping our student-athletes to reach their full potential in everything that they do."
During Pearson's tenure as head coach, the Crusaders competed in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship every season. He led the varsity eight to a No. 20 national ranking in the U.S. Rowing men's varsity eight poll in 2013, which marked the first time the Crusaders had been ranked since 2006. This past season, the Crusaders placed second in the club four race out of 49 boats at the Head of the Charles Regatta, while the varsity eight won the Healy Cup for the first time by defeating Georgetown. The Crusaders placed 10th in the Chapman Award standings at the IRA National Championship out of 20 schools for the most improved team in overall standings from last year.
A four-year member of the Crusader rowing team from 1994-1998, Pearson was a part of the first-ever Holy Cross squad to row in a varsity-level event at the Eastern Sprints, placing 10th in the varsity lightweight eight in 1998. He also earned two bronze medals at the New England Championship, as a member of the second varsity eight in 1996 and the varsity lightweight eight in 1997. Pearson earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Holy Cross in 1998.
Holy Cross will immediately commence a national search for Pearson's replacement. Current assistant coach Jim Barr will act as the interim head coach.