Former Statesman John G. Pearce ’04 has been named the first head coach of the George Washington University sailing program.
Pearce will take over as the face of the Colonials’ sailing program, which will be elevated from club to varsity status beginning in 2012-13. He most recently spent three seasons from 2007-10 as co-head coach of the Dartmouth University varsity sailing team.
At Hobart, the mathematics major was a two-time All-American, earning First Team Coed Skipper accolades as a senior and Honorable Mention Coed Skipper recognition as a junior. He led Hobart to a second place finish in the 2004 ICSA Team Race North American Championship and a third place finish in the 2004 ICSA Dinghy North American Championship. In his final two seasons with the Statesmen, he helped the team produce exceptional results in qualifying for four of the ICSA’s six North American championships, including three runner-up finishes.
Pearce served as an assistant coach for Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the 2004-05 season and helped the Statesmen and Herons claim the National Championship at both the ICSA Team Racing and ICSA Coed National Championships that year.
He served as assistant coach at Stanford University in 2005-06 under the tutelage of U.S. Sailing’s 2010 Development Coach of the Year Jay Kehoe. At Stanford, Pearce was responsible for practice and regatta coaching and player development, and helped the Cardinal to the Pacific Coast Team Race and Women’s Championships. In 2006-07, he served as Head High School and Race Team Coach at the San Francisco Yacht Club.