PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 7, 2014) - CSU-Pueblo's new women's swimming and diving program has its first leader as former Colorado Mesa University head coach and Pueblo native, Brian Pearson, has been named the ThunderWolves first women's swimming and diving coach.
Pearson will head up the ThunderWolves' women's swimming program, which is being added to the school's intercollegiate athletic offerings along with men's and women's lacrosse, men's indoor and outdoor track and field and men's cross country. All programs will begin competition in 2014-15.
"I am excited for the opportunity, not only because I'm from Pueblo, but also because new sports have had such success at CSU-Pueblo and swimming has a real chance to take off in this community and this region," Pearson said.
Pearson brings a resume to CSU-Pueblo that is nearly tailor-made to start Pack Swimming - 15 years of experience as an NCAA head swim coach, a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honor, nine All-Americans, 68 NCAA qualifiers and 104 conference champions. It also helps that he built the Colorado Mesa swim program from scratch, beginning in 2006.
He began his head coaching career at Colorado College in 1998, serving as the Tigers' head coach until 2006, when he accepted the opportunity to build the Colorado Mesa University head coaching position. At its highest point, he led the Mavericks to a national ranking of 12th. In total, he has nearly 30 years of coaching experience under his belt and is an expert in collegiate swimming in Colorado.
"We are extremely excited to get a coach of Brian's caliber to lead our new swim program," CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda said. "He knows the RMAC, he knows the region, and he already has a road map to get our program off the ground. It makes it all the better that he's also a Pueblo guy."
Pearson said that the success Colorado Mesa had getting its swim program off the ground can certainly be replicated at CSU-Pueblo.
"You don't have to re-invent the wheel," Pearson said. "I know what to expect when it comes to starting a program, and we will be able to meet our short-term goals of fielding a full and competitive team while meeting long-term goals of sending relay teams to nationals."
Pearson, who competed at Pueblo Central High School, began swimming at the age of four. Developing into a high school All-American, two-time Colorado state high school champion, two-time junior national champion and record holder with three long-course times that remained in the Nation's Top 100 for over a decade. As a result as an 18 year old he was ranked top ten in the world in 1983.
Brian continued his swimming success at the University of Missouri and the University of Wyoming, where he was a Big Eight champion; two-time Western Athletic Conference Champion, NCAA qualifier, USS national's finalist and Olympic hopeful in two events.
Pearson is an alumnus of the University of Wyoming, receiving his Bachelor's of Science in Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation in 1992.