Todd Pearson is in his seventhseason as the head men’s rowing coach at the College of theHoly Cross in 2014-2015.
The 2013-2014 season saw thevarsity eight and novice eight place first at the Snake Regatta onLake Quinsigamond on Oct. 12. The Crusaders placed second in theclub four race out of 49 boats at the Head of the Charles on Oct.19. The varsity eight won the Healy Cup for the first time bydefeating Georgetown on April 19. The Crusaders placed10th in the Chapman Award standings at the IRA NationalChampionship out of 20 teams for "most improved" team in overallstandings from last year.
The Crusaders started off the2012-2013 season with the varsity eight placing first out of27 boats at the Snake Regatta. During the spring season, theCrusaders took two of three races versus Marist, won three of fourraces versus Georgetown, swept Rutgers and won two of three racesversus Bucknell. At the Eastern Sprints, the varsity eight placedthird in the third level final, defeating No. 20 George Washington,Rutgers and MIT. The Crusaders also defeated George Washington inthe opening heat. The varsity eight was then ranked No. 20 in theUSRowing men's varsity eight poll as the Crusaders received 16points. This was the first time the varsity eight had been rankedin this poll since May 24, 2006, when it was No. 19. The Crusaderswere also No. 16 on May 18, 2005. The Crusaders then competed atthe 111th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) NationalChampionship on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Crusadersraced in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and the open fourcompetitions.
During the 2011-2012 campaign, HolyCross won three of four races against EARC opponent Rutgers, whilethe Crusaders then swept all three races versus Bucknell. Thesecond varsity eight posted a strong spring season with fourfirst-places finishes and wins over George Washington, Georgetown,Rutgers and Bucknell. At the IRA National Championship, the varsityfour placed first in the petite final earning a seventh placeoverall finish out of 13 teams in the varsity four competition.
In the 2010-2011 season, theCrusaders earned numerous victories during the year as this was thefirst time since 2007 that every boat on the team won at least onerace in the same season. At the George Washington Invitational thevarsity eight won the Sullivan Cup, which was named after HolyCross Hall of Famer Tom Sullivan, by defeating George Washington.Also at the GW Invitational the second varsity eight placed firstversus Gonzaga and Georgetown. The Crusaders won three of fourraces versus Bucknell as the varsity eight, the second varsityeight and the third varsity four each earned victories. Holy Crossswept fellow EARC member Rutgers on the Raritan River. This was theprogram’s first-ever sweep of an EARC opponent as the varsityeight, the second varsity eight and the freshman eight were allvictorious. At the IRA National Championship, the varsity fourplaced second out of five boats in its opening heat to qualify forthe semifinals. The varsity four finished fourth in the petittefinals and 10th out of 19 boats overall.
In his second season, Holy Crosscompeted versus some of the nation’s top teams. The fallseason featured the Crusaders racing in the Head of the CharlesRegatta. In the spring regular season, the varsity eight competedagainst five nationally ranked teams with races versus No. 16Dartmouth, No. 20 UC San Diego, No. 15 George Washington, No. 20Georgetown and No. 17 Oregon State. Against Bucknell on LakeQuinsigamond, the varsity eight and the freshman eight won theirraces, while versus Rutgers on the Raritan River, theCrusaders’ varsity eight and freshman eight again each earnedvictories. The Crusaders also competed at the IRA NationalChampionship for the fifth straight season. Holy Cross’varsity eight received two points in the last USRowing men’svarsity eight poll making it the first time that the varsity eightearned points in the final poll of the season since 2007.
In 2008-2009, Pearson guided theCrusaders as they participated in several big meets such as theHead of the Charles Regatta, the Eastern Sprints and the IRANational Championship Regatta. In 2007-2008, he served as avolunteer assistant coach for Holy Cross. He helped the Crusadersto a first place finish at the Patriot Challenge Regatta, while theteam also took part in the Eastern Sprints and the IntercollegiateRowing Association Championship Regatta. Pearson previously spenttwo seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Dartmouth College(2003-2005).
From 1998-2003, Pearson served asthe men’s freshman coach for Holy Cross. In 2002, his secondnovice eight boat won the gold medal at the New EnglandChampionship, while in 1999 the Crusaders took home the bronzemedal in the second novice eight. Pearson also assisted in coachingthe men’s varsity squad from 1998-2003.
A four-year member of the Crusaderrowing team from 1994-1998, Pearson was a part of the first-everHoly Cross squad to row in a varsity-level event at the EasternSprints, placing 10th in the varsity lightweight eight in 1998. Healso earned two bronze medals at the New England Championship, as amember of the second varsity eight in 1996 and the varsitylightweight eight in 1997.
Pearson earned his bachelor’sdegree in biology from Holy Cross in 1998, and went on to receive aPh.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of MassachusettsMedical School in 2003. He resides in Worcester with his wife,Annie, and their daughter, Tessa, and son, Reid. Annie is a 2001graduate of Holy Cross, who had an outstanding field hockey careerand was inducted in the Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2013. In hisfree time, Pearson trains for and competes in ultramarathon trailrunning races.