Abby Pearson joins Seahawk Staff as Assistant Golf Coach

By / Local Sports / Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Abby Pearson, a well-known coach and golf advocate in collegiate and professional circles, has been named assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at UNCW.
The Seahawk programs have set the gold standard in the Colonial Athletic Association, combining for nine Colonial Athletic Association championships and 11 NCAA berths in the last 11 years.
“Abby has won at every level of the game and is very passionate about teaching,” said Cindy Ho, UNCW’s women’s golf coach. “She will be involved in all facets of our programs and will be a great addition to our staff.”
 Head men’s golf coach Matt Clark echoed Ho’s sentiments. “We’re very excited to have Abby join the Seahawk golf family. She’s an outstanding player and teacher, which will help her make an immediate impact with both programs."
Pearson, 41, was a touring golf professional on the Futures Golf Tour for eight years and has worked at three different institutions – Ball State, Western Michigan and Penn State – as an assistant coach through the years.
 "I am extremely excited to join the Seahawks golf staff here at UNCW,” said Pearson. “I am honored to serve both men's and women's golf programs and look forward to assisting both Coach Clark and Coach Ho to a CAA Championship. Having the opportunity to help each student-athlete achieve their goals is one of my greatest passions! I look forward to the journey.”
The Florence, S.C., native enjoyed an outstanding amateur career before turning professional. She won a pair of South Carolina Junior Girl’s and State Amateur Championships and played on the University of Tennessee’s first team during her stay in Knoxville from 1992-94.  Pearson was named the SEC’s Co-Freshman of the Year and UT’s first women’s golf All-American when she earned Second-Team honors in 1993. In her amateur days, Pearson competed in the U.S. Amateur from 1991-93 and reached the quarterfinals of the prestigious event in 1993 before falling to women’s golf superstar Annika Sorenstam.
Pearson then joined the pro ranks in 1995 on the Future’s Tour and posted three tournament victories, with five second-place finishes and 21 top-10 showings. In 1997, she won the Gulf Telephone Future’s Classic and, in 1998, she won the Pacific Bell Future’s Classic and MedHealth Wellness Centers Future’s Classic. Overall, Pearson ranks 22nd on the Future’s all-time money list. Pearson also competed in the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open Championship and represented the United States on the Kosaido Asian Women’s Golf Tour in 1998.
 Pearson returned to college in 2000 and completed her undergraduate degree as an assistant coach at Ball State before moving on to Western Michigan, where she served as an assistant coach from 2003-05. Pearson worked in the private sector before returning to a campus setting in 2011 as assistant coach at Penn State. She aided PSU Head Coach Denise St. Pierre with every aspect of the Nittany Lion program, including recruiting, travel, swing analysis and tournament planning.Pearson has served as a professional golf instructor and golf event consultant since May of 2000. She holds a Level 1 certification from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Most recently, she has worked at the Golf Performance Academy of Southwest Michigan in Portage, Mich., while heading up the girl’s program at Portage Central High School. Pearson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies at Ball State in 2003.

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