Pepe Pearson returns to Ohio Dominican for his 11th season as the running backs coach for the Panthers.
Pearson spent the 2014 season as Ohio Dominican's Special Teams Coordinator and Running Backs coach, his fourth consecutive year working with the Panther running backs under head coach Bill Conley. In 2014, Pearson helped the Panthers to the third round of the Division II playoffs as running back Brandon Schoen finished with 1,134 yards.
Under Pearson's guidance, Schoen has already become the school's all-time leading rusher heading into his senior year with 3,327 yards. Pearson's work with Schoen has helped him receive All-GLIAC honors for two consecutive years.
In 2013, Pearson witnessed two players surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season for the first time in school history as he helped Mark Nichols finish with 1,187 yards rushing and Schoen tally 1,154 yards rushing. Nichols garnered First Team All-GLIAC honors and Schoen received second team all-conference honors.
During the 2011-2012 seasons, the Panthers began to re-write the school’s rushing records as running back Mike Noffsinger was named a Harlon Hill Trophy Candidate as one of the best Division II players in the country. Noffsinger set school single-season and career rushing marks for yards and touchdowns as the Panthers finished 2011 with the best rushing offense in program history. ODU also ranked third in the conference in rushing yards per game.
Pearson, a standout tailback for The Ohio State University, helped lead the Buckeyes to four straight bowl appearances from 1994-1997, including a 1997 Rose Bowl victory. A four-year letter winner for the Buckeyes, Pearson gained 1,484 yards and 17 touchdowns on 299 carries his junior year, and was selected All-Big Ten and team Most Valuable Player (MVP). He is the Buckeyes’ fifth all-time leading rusher with 3,121 yards while playing under former head coach John Cooper.
After completing his college career, Pearson played for the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played in NFL Europe, where he won the 2000 World Bowl Championship with the Rhein Fire, scoring the game-winning touchdown.
After his decorated playing career came to a close, Pearson was the head coach of the Daytona Beach Hawgs in 2005-2006, formerly of the National Indoor Football League Arena Football Team, and was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Marion Mayhem, a member of the Continental Indoor Football League from 2007-2009. He led his team to the 2009 conference championship with a record of 9-3.
A graduate of The Ohio State University majoring in Sociology, Pearson was a four-year starter and high school All-American at Euclid High School.