Brian Pearson enters his second season as the head coach of the CSU-Pueblo swimming & diving team in 2015-16. The former Colorado Mesa head swimming & diving coach was named the first head coach in CSU-Pueblo swimming & diving history in January 2014.
In the ThunderWolves' first season of competition, Pearson coached a pair of swimmers to RMAC All-Conference accolades. Samantha Sannes was tabbed to the all-conference first team in the 1650 free, while fellow freshman April McDonough garnered a second-team nod in the 500 free.
A Pueblo native, Pearson came to CSU-Pueblo with a total of 15 seasons of experience as a head swimming and diving coach at the collegiate level, having directed the swim programs at Colorado College (1998-2006) and most recently, Colorado Mesa (2006-12). Most recently, he served as the coach of Maverick Aquatics, a college club swim program in Grand Junction.
During his collegiate coaching career, his athletes have captured over 1,000 school records at their respective institutions. The 2009 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year, Pearson has coached a total of nine All-Americans, 68 NCAA qualifiers and 104 conference champions.
In 2006, Pearson was tasked with forging the new swimming program at Colorado Mesa University, and quickly recruited Division II's largest team, consisting of 28 women's and 43 men's student-athletes. Pearson eventually coached the Mavericks to a high-ranking of 12th in the nation, reached in his final season in 2012.
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.
Since his collegiate coaching career began in 1989, Pearson has received five College Swimming Coaches Association of America Coaching Excellence Awards (2001, 2004, 2006, 2011 & 2012). In addition he has assisted or directed winning programs in Denver (ACES), Greenwood Village (GTS), Delta (Barracudas), Grand Junction (Dolphins), Pueblo (South), Sitka, Alaska (Baranof Barracudas) and Colorado Springs (CSST).
Pearson is an alumnus of the University of Wyoming, receiving his Bachelor's of Science in Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation in 1992.