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					Philip Pearson
Assistant Coach University of Georgia 2009-present
Interim Head Coach University of Alabama 2009
Assistant Coach University of Alabama | Murray State University | University of Arkansas-Little Rock




   “Pearson took a team that was going nowhere fast and turned it in the
   right direction. Slowly and steadily. The longer he (was) in charge, the
   better his team...performed.”
                                                             - Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News
Philip Pearson
Assistant Coach University of Georgia 2009-present
Interim Head Coach University of Alabama 2009
Assistant Coach University of Alabama | Murray State University | University of Arkansas-Little Rock



   Recruiting
   When looking at a prospective student-athlete, I search for someone who is a good person and one who can give our
   team a great chance to compete successfully on the basketball court. I believe it is critical to identify and recruit young
   people who not only possess athletic ability, but also those who possess great character.

   When initiating the recruiting process it is extremely important to establish a trusting relationship with the student-
   athlete. The development of a positive relationship with the prospective student-athlete goes hand-in-hand with
   creating a positive rapport with the influential people who surround him. Oftentimes, regardless of whether a family
   member, coach, or simply a friend, these are the people who will have the greatest impact on the student-athlete’s
   decision and it is important that we engage them and create a lasting relationship with them.


   Academics
   My goal will be to graduate every player who enters our program. In pursuit of graduation, we will have a structured
   environment in which daily study hall and tutorial sessions will be mandatory. In addition to daily dialogue and weekly
   updates with academic personnel, progress reports will be sent no less than three times each semester to the student-
   athlete, his parents, and the basketball staff so that everyone is aware of his progress. Finally, we will keep an up-to-date
   record of all graduation requirements which will be reviewed and discussed on a semester-to-semester basis in one-on-
   one meetings with the head coach.


   Style of Play
   In short, our desires on the court will be to play hard, smart, and together. Staples of our team will be aggressive play
   and sound execution of the fundamentals of basketball. We will play a number of different defenses, but our half-
   court man-to-man defense will be the trademark of our program. Defensively, we will play a tough, hard-nosed brand
   of basketball with a premium placed on ball pressure, contesting shots, and finishing plays with a rebound. With this
   defensive rebound we will outlet the ball and attack on fast breaks in order to score easy baskets. If we are unable
   to score in transition, we will flow into our half-court offense that presents options for our best scorers, both in the
   paint and on the perimeter. Finally, I will demand that our team attack the offensive boards, looking for put-backs and
   opportunities to get to the free throw line.


   Alumni Relations, Community Involvement, & Fundraising
   Alumni and friends of the basketball program will have an open invitation to visit practice at any time throughout the
   year. Both my staff and I will be available as speakers to alumni groups and other civic groups in hopes that our presence
   will provide a positive impact on our program, the athletic department, and the university as a whole.

   We want our team to be involved in our community as much as possible. Our staff and team will visit local elementary
   and junior high schools as well as local youth sports programs in hopes that we can have a positive influence on the
   children within our community. Additional appearances and experiences at other local organizations such as hospitals,
nursing homes, and animal shelters will help creative a positive image about our team and university while also
helping to complete the educational experience for our student-athletes.

Now more than ever, fundraising is so vital. I understand its importance and will gladly make myself available for such
events, be they basketball-related or university-related. The more the university and basketball program are presented
in a positive light, the better it is for all.


Media & Public Relations
I want to be as accessible to the media as possible. While I want coaches and players to having a positive working
relationship with the media, I also want the media to respect the privacy of the players. I will insist that all interview
requests go through the sports information office and that all interaction occur in a professional manner.

Furthermore, to enhance the chances that our players will have a positive experience with the media, we will have a
session with our sports information director and coaches at the beginning of each season in which our team will have
a chance to ask questions regarding the media as well as participate in mock interviews. In addition to special sessions
created to increase our players’ comfort in dealing with the media, we will constantly address the ever-changing social
websites such as Twitter and Facebook, emphasizing their ability to promote a positive image of themselves, our team,
and the university.




“From the very first game when I watched him (as interim               Year-by-Year Records
head coach), he handled himself well. He handled the
huddles well, he handled the officials well. Even when                 Year       School  Record Accomplishments
they’ve had some bad breaks, he kept his poise. I think he             2010-11    Georgia   19-9 Ranked for first time since
has all the makings of a very successful coach.”                                                 2002-03
                            – Jimmy Dykes, ESPN Analyst                2009-10 Georgia     14-17 No. 16 schedule in the country
                                                                       2008-09 Alabama 18-14 Interim head coach;
“Pearson has landed some big fish in his day, including Mo                                       road wins at Mississippi and
                                                                                                 Tennessee; beat Vanderbilt in
Williams and Ron Steele, to name a few. But none were
                                                                                                 SEC Tournament
bigger than power forward Richard Hendrix, who closed                  2007-08 Alabama 17-16
out the year as the nation’s No. 9 ranked prospect.”                   2006-07 Alabama 20-12 NIT
                               – Chris Wallace, Rivals.com             2005-06 Alabama 18-13 NCAA Second Round
                                                                       2004-05 Alabama 24-8      NCAA Tournament;
“He’s doing an excellent job (as interim head coach) in a                                        SEC West champs
horribly tough situation. It’s made him his own man.”                  2003-04 Alabama 20-13 NCAA Elite Eight
      – Wimp Sanderson, Former Alabama Head Coach                      2002-03 Alabama 17-12 NCAA Tournament
                                                                       2001-02 Alabama 27-8      NCAA Second Round;
“Philip Pearson...may not be a household name yet but he                                         SEC regular-season champs;
                                                                                                 SEC Tournament runner-up
has been as instrumental as anyone in bringing Alabama
                                                                       2000-01 Alabama 25-11 NIT Finalist
basketball to the top tier. One of the longest tenured                 1999-00 Alabama 13-16
assistants in the SEC, Pearson has been responsible for                1998-99 Alabama 17-15 NIT
bringing in arguably some of the best talent to ever play              1997-98 Murray St. 29-4   NCAA Tournament;
in an Alabama uniform and has turned Alabama into a                                              OVC champs
national recruiting power.”                                            1996-97 Murray St. 20-10 NCAA Tournament;
                                                                                                 OVC champs
                                  – Matt Scalici, Rivals.com
                                                                       1995-96 Murray St. 19-10 NIT;
                                                                                                 OVC regular-season champs
                                                                       1994-95 UALR        17-12
                                                                       17 seasons       334-200 11 postseason appearances
Personal                                                                Did You Know?
Born February 16, 1971 Hometown Montgomery, Ala.                        In 21 seasons as a player and coach, Philip Pearson has
Family wife - Ashley; children - Mary Collins, Will, Catherine          participated in the postseason 16 times (11 NCAAs and five
                                                                        NITs). He has been a part of only two losing seasons during
Education                                                               that time and his teams have recorded only one other season
B.S., Human Performance, University of Alabama, 1993                    with fewer than 17 wins.
M.A., Health, Physical Education & Recreation,
         Murray State University, 1997

Coaching Experience                                                        For the first time ever, Alabama reach No. 1 in the AP polls on
                                                                           Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, 2002, and was ranked as high as No. 4 in
Assistant Coach, University of Georgia, 2009-present                       the 2006-07 AP poll
   In 2010-11, Georgia was ranked for the first time since 2002-03         Signed Gerald Wallace (currently with the Charlotte Bobcats),
   This year’s Bulldogs are one of only three Georgia teams in the         the No.1 recruit in the country in 2000
   last 30 years to go unbeaten in December                                Recruited or assisted in recruiting four McDonald’s All-
   UGA is 12-3 in 2-possesion games with less than 1:00 to play            Americans
   and 8-1 in games decided on the final possession in 2010-11             Coached 2002 SEC Freshman of the Year and The Sporting
   Georgia has won more true road games (7) in 2010-11 than                News National Freshman of the Year, Mo Williams
   the previous three years combined                                       Coached 2002 SEC Player of the Year, Erwin Dudley, who
   This year’s team is just the fourth in the last 20 years to have a      led the SEC in rebounding three straight seasons (2000-01
   winning road record                                                     through 2002-03), the first to do so since Shaquille O’Neal
   The 2010-11 season has seen the Bulldogs’ highest home                  Coached six future NBA players - Gerald Wallace, Rod Grizzard,
   attendance since 2003-04                                                Mo Williams, Jermareo Davidson, Richard Hendrix, and Alonzo
   Georgia posted a 14-17 record while playing the 16th-                   Gee
   toughest schedule in the nation in 2009-10; the previous year           Named one of the nation’s Top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com in
   the Bulldogs were 12-20 playing the 74th-ranked schedule                2004 and 2005
   During the season Georgia raised itself out of sixth place in the       Had back-to-back Top 10 recruiting classes in 2000 and 2001
   SEC East division for the first time since 2007                         Helped the program average over 10,000 fans for four straight
   Coaches Trey Thompkins, unanimous first-team All-                       years and six of eight years (2002-09)
   Southeastern Conference pick in 2009-10 and the first Georgia           Helped Alabama to a 28-game home winning streak (2001-
   first-team SEC player since 2003                                        2003), the longest in school history
   Recruited 2011 McDonald’s All-American Kentavious Caldwell-             Alabama was 216-138 while he was on staff
   Pope                                                                    Attendance increased from an average of 5,752 the year prior
   Eight players improved their free throw shooting from 2008-09           to arrival to 9,960 in final year, including an average of 10,999
   to 2009-10, raising the team percentage from 63.8 percent in            in his five home games as interim head coach in 2009
   2008-09 to 71.8 percent in 2009-10
                                                                        Assistant Coach, Murray State University, 1997-98
Interim Head Coach, University of Alabama, 2009                         Dir. of Basketball Ops., Murray State Univ., 1996-97
   Guided the Crimson Tide to six wins over the last two                Administrative Asst., Murray State University, 1995-96
   months of the season, including road wins at Mississippi                Advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and 1998 and the
   and Tennessee, as well as a win over Vanderbilt in the SEC              NIT in 1996
   Tournament                                                              The Racers won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season
   Won consecutive SEC league games by more than 20 points                 title all three seasons he was on staff
   for first time in four years                                            Murray State won the OVC Tournament in 1997 and 1998 and
   Won consecutive SEC road games for the first time in three              reached the finals in 1996
   seasons                                                                 Helped MSU to a school and OVC record 29 wins in 1997-98
Assistant Coach, University of Alabama, 1998-2009                          MSU players earned eight All-Conference honors and four All-
                                                                           Newcomer honors during his tenure
   Coached players who earned 28 Academic All-SEC, three                   Murray State was 68-24 (40-12 in OVC) while he was on staff
   Freshman Academic All-SEC, 27 All-Conference, and eight All-
   Freshman team honors with the Crimson Tide                           Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Arkansas-
   The Alabama basketball program graduated 96% of its senior           Little Rock, 1994-95
   players from 2000-09
                                                                           Coached honorable mention All-Americans and Sun Belt
   Helped lead Alabama to the postseason on eight occasions (5
                                                                           Conference Players of the Year Derek Fisher, a five-time NBA
   NCAA, 3 NIT)
                                                                           champion, and Muntrelle Dobbins
   Was an integral part of the Crimson Tide’s 2004 run to the
                                                                           Coached under Wimp Sanderson
   NCAA Elite Eight in which they upset No. 1 seed Stanford and
   defending National Champion Syracuse, marking the farthest
   Alabama had ever advanced                                            Postseason Appearances (11)
   In 2002, Alabama won its first SEC regular-season title since
   1987 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA                    NCAA Tournament – 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
   Tournament, earning a No. 8 final AP ranking                         NIT – 1996, 1999, 2001, 2007
   During his tenure Alabama was ranked a total of 83 weeks in                  represented by: The Gazelle Group | 475 Wall Street | Princeton, N.J. 08540
   the AP poll, including all 18 weeks in 2002 and 2005                                           contact: Rick Giles | (609) 921-1300 | GazelleGroup.com

				
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