Nicky Pearson Named Division III Coach of the Year

Nicky Pearson Named Division III Coach of the Year

BALTIMORE, Md. - Bowdoin College field hockey head coach Nicky Pearson was recognized as 2010 Dita / NFHCA Division III Coach of the Year during the NFHCA Coaches Recognition Luncheon held on Friday, January 7th. It is the third time that Pearson has been honored as the National Coach of the Year.

Last fall Pearson led the Polar Bears to a 20-1 record and their third national championship in the last four seasons. Bowdoin defeated Messiah 2-1 in penalty shots on November 21 for the title. Pearson also captured National Coach of the Year honors when Bowdoin won the NCAA Championship in 2007 and 2008.

Having just completed her 15th season at Bowdoin, Pearson has developed the Polar Bears into the premier program in Division III field hockey. On October 6, she surpassed the 200-win plateau in a victory over the University of Maine at Farmington and her .822 winning percentage (213-46) ranks fifth among all active coaches, across divisions, in the NCAA.

This autumn she was a unanimous selection as NESCAC Coach of the Year, capturing the honor for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons. Since the NESCAC became a formal playing conference in 1999, no other coach, regardless of sport, has been recognized as Coach of the Year as many times as Pearson.

The Hereford, England native is one of eight Bowdoin coaches to earn a National Coach of the Year award, along with Sidney Watson (men's ice hockey, 1971, '78), Terry Meagher (men's ice hockey 1986, '89), John Cullen (women's soccer, 1992), Michele Amidon (women's ice hockey, 2003) and Stefanie Pemper (women's basketball, 2004).