Todd Pearson
Todd Pearson
Title: Men's Head Coach
Phone: 508-793-3712
Email: tpearson@holycross.edu
College: Holy Cross, 1998
Experience: Sixth Season

Todd Pearson is in his sixth season as the head men’s rowing coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2013-2014.

The Crusaders started off the 2012-2013 season with the varsity eight placing first out of 27 boats at the Snake Regatta. During the spring season, the Crusaders took two of three races versus Marist, won three of four races versus Georgetown, swept Rutgers and won two of three races versus Bucknell. At the Eastern Sprints, the varsity eight placed third in the third level final, defeating No. 20 George Washington, Rutgers and MIT. The Crusaders also defeated George Washington in the opening heat. The varsity eight was then ranked No. 20 in the USRowing men's varsity eight poll as the Crusaders received 16 points. This was the first time the varsity eight had been ranked in this poll since May 24, 2006, when it was No. 19. The Crusaders were also No. 16 on May 18, 2005. The Crusaders then competed at the 111th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Crusaders raced in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and the open four competitions.

During the 2011-2012 campaign, Holy Cross won three of four races against EARC opponent Rutgers, while the Crusaders then swept all three races versus Bucknell. The second varsity eight posted a strong spring season with four first-places finishes and wins over George Washington, Georgetown, Rutgers and Bucknell. At the IRA National Championship, the varsity four placed first in the petite final earning a seventh place overall finish out of 13 teams in the varsity four competition.  

In the 2010-2011 season, the Crusaders earned numerous victories during the year as this was the first time since 2007 that every boat on the team won at least one race in the same season. At the George Washington Invitational the varsity eight won the Sullivan Cup, which was named after Holy Cross Hall of Famer Tom Sullivan, by defeating George Washington. Also at the GW Invitational the second varsity eight placed first versus Gonzaga and Georgetown. The Crusaders won three of four races versus Bucknell as the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the third varsity four each earned victories. Holy Cross swept fellow EARC member Rutgers on the Raritan River. This was the program’s first-ever sweep of an EARC opponent as the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the freshman eight were all victorious. At the IRA National Championship, the varsity four placed second out of five boats in its opening heat to qualify for the semifinals. The varsity four finished fourth in the petitte finals and 10th out of 19 boats overall.

In his second season, Holy Cross competed versus some of the nation’s top teams. The fall season featured the Crusaders racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta. In the spring regular season, the varsity eight competed against five nationally ranked teams with races versus No. 16 Dartmouth, No. 20 UC San Diego, No. 15 George Washington, No. 20 Georgetown and No. 17 Oregon State. Against Bucknell on Lake Quinsigamond, the varsity eight and the freshman eight won their races, while versus Rutgers on the Raritan River, the Crusaders’ varsity eight and freshman eight again each earned victories. The Crusaders also competed at the IRA National Championship for the fifth straight season. Holy Cross’ varsity eight received two points in the last USRowing men’s varsity eight poll making it the first time that the varsity eight earned points in the final poll of the season since 2007.

In 2008-2009, Pearson guided the Crusaders as they participated in several big meets such as the Head of the Charles Regatta, the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship Regatta. In 2007-2008, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for Holy Cross. He helped the Crusaders to a first place finish at the Patriot Challenge Regatta, while the team also took part in the Eastern Sprints and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta. Pearson previously spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Dartmouth College (2003-2005).

From 1998-2003, Pearson served as the men’s freshman coach for Holy Cross. In 2002, his second novice eight boat won the gold medal at the New England Championship, while in 1999 the Crusaders took home the bronze medal in the second novice eight. Pearson also assisted in coaching the men’s varsity squad from 1998-2003.

A four-year member of the Crusader rowing team from 1994-1998, Pearson was a part of the first-ever Holy Cross squad to row in a varsity-level event at the Eastern Sprints, placing 10th in the varsity lightweight eight in 1998. He also earned two bronze medals at the New England Championship, as a member of the second varsity eight in 1996 and the varsity lightweight eight in 1997.

Pearson earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Holy Cross in 1998, and went on to receive a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2003. He resides in Worcester with his wife, Annie, and their daughter, Tessa, and son, Reid. Annie is a 2001 graduate of Holy Cross, who had an outstanding field hockey career and was inducted in the Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2013. In his free time, Pearson trains for and competes in ultramarathon trail running races.