June 3, 2009

Frostburg Taps Pearce to Restart Program

from press releases

FROSTBURG, Md. - Thomas Pearce has been selected to start the new era of men's lacrosse for Frostburg State University. He has been named the head coach in an announcement made by Director of Athletics Troy A. Dell.

Pearce comes to Frostburg State University from Gettysburg College where he served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the men's lacrosse team for the last four seasons.

A native of Chestertown, Md., Pearce helped Gettysburg to an incredible run during his time with the Bullets. The team won the Centennial Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those four seasons, including a national runner-up finish this spring. Gettysburg collected an overall record of 66-12 and was consistently ranked in the top-10 in the nation, including a No. 5 ranking at the conclusion of this past spring season.

Pearce, who earned the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association 2008 Division III Outstanding Assistant Coach award, helped recruit and coach 20 All-Americans while at Gettysburg, including six in 2009.

Success at Gettysburg came not only as a coach for Pearce, but also as a player. He was a two-time All-American, garnering First Team honors in 2001 as well as being named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Player of the Year. He helped the Bullets to four-straight conference titles and the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III national championship game.

"I'm excited to welcome Tom Pearce to Frostburg State University. He was selected out of a very competitive national applicant pool," stated Dell. "Tom has played and coached at the highest level of Division III men's lacrosse and is prepared to build a recruiting base and a playing style that will attract some of the best talent in lacrosse to Frostburg. I'm confident that he has the right level of experience and success to lead our men's lacrosse program."

"I am honored to be chosen by Frostburg State University to restart its lacrosse program. I am eager and excited to get to work on all aspects of preparing for the 2011 season and becoming a part of Frostburg's campus community," said Pearce.

"I'd like to thank Gettysburg College and everyone there for teaching me what it means to be a Division III student-athlete for four years and then what it means to coach Division III student-athletes for another four years. I am confident that what I learned there has prepared me to take on this exciting challenge of reestablishing Frostburg Men's Lacrosse and furthering their success in the future."

Pearce will begin work immediately at FSU starting the men's lacrosse program that was added as a varsity sport in March. The Bobcats, who offered men's lacrosse from 1970-1978, will begin competition in the spring of 2011 and will play their home games at Bobcat Stadium.

Peace graduated from Gettysburg in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in English and received his master's degree from McDaniel College in 2008 in physical education and athletic administration.

Men's lacrosse is currently sponsored by 149 NCAA Division III institutions, including seven in the state of Maryland: Hood, Stevenson, Salisbury, McDaniel, St. Mary's, Goucher and Washington. The sport has also seen significant growth since 1981, when 70 teams competed at the DIII level. The number of student-athletes has also increased from 2,059 (81-82) to 5,135 last year.

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