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Chad Pearson is in his seventh season as head coach of the track and cross country program at UNCG in 2019-20.
Last season the men’s cross country team placed fourth with 138 points while the women came in seventh with 180. Brandon Hernandez was the top finisher for the men’s team in 19th place and earned All-SoCon Freshman Honors, and Thomas Knepshield joined Hernandez as a SoCon All-Freshman. Kaitlyn Stone paced the Blue and Gold on the women’s side for 15th place.
UNCG had two All-SoCon cross country honorees in 2016-17 in redshirt sophomore Eira Jensen and junior Katlyn Ayers, who placed 11th and 13th, respectively, at the SoCon Championships. On the men's side, Geoffrey Korir finished 31st to garner a nod on the all-freshman team.
The 2015-16 season saw both the men's and women's programs improve within the SoCon. The women's cross country team placed third at the SoCon Championships with freshman Kathleen Mansure being named SoCon Freshman of the Year. On the men's side, the Spartans earned a fifth-place finish. Senior Katy Link qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Regional in the 5,000-meter while Mansure competed at the Pan American Cross Country Meet in March becoming the first-ever Spartan to qualify.
In his first season as head coach without being interim, Pearson helped the Spartans host the 2014 Southern Conference Championships in cross country for the first time in program history. UNCG finished fifth on the women's side and seventh overall on the men's side.
In 2013-14, Pearson helped the Spartans win the Southern Conference cross country individual title with Paul Chelimo claiming his third straight victory. The Spartans as a team placed fourth in the SoCon Championships while both Chelimo and Paul Katam advanced to the NCAA Championships in cross country after strong showings at the NCAA Regionals. On the women's side, the team placed third at the league championship race with three top-10 finishes in Shaina Sumney, Chelsea Sumney and Lydia Saina.
On the track, Shaina Sumney won her first ever SoCon Championships, claiming the indoor title in the 5,000-meter race with a championship-record time. Additionally, both Sumneys placed second in the SoCon outdoor championships this season.
Pearson helped the Spartans record a strong showing during his time as an assistant coach, helping UNCG post three Southern Conference individual champions and two All-America honorees. He helped Chelimo win the SoCon Cross Country Championships and a National Runner-Up finish in outdoor track, while Katam also claimed a National Runner-Up finish in outdoor track in the 10,000-meter distance.
Pearson joined the Spartans after spending time as a volunteer assistant coach at Charlotte (2012) and North Carolina State (2010-11). He was also the graduate assistant coach at NC State from 2004-2006, working with both the cross country and track and field programs.
Pearson was a standout at NC State where he was a three-time NCAA All-America honoree in cross country and track and field. He helped the Wolfpack win back-to-back ACC cross country team championships as well as earning Academic All-America honors during his career. Pearson still holds the school record in the outdoor track 10,000-meter distance when he posted a time of 28:37.95 and helped the Wolfpack finish 10th place in the NCAA Cross Country Championships his senior year.
Pearson was a United States Olympic Trials track and field qualifier and was the United States 10,000-meter Road National Champion. Additionally, he was a member of the United States Junior National Cross Country Team.