HTC Director of Track & Field
USATF Level 1 Instructor
USATF Level II Coaching Certification - Endurance, Combined Events
USTFCCCA Certified: 201, 202, 404, 406
B.A. in History / Coaching
Joel Pearson enters his fifth year as the Director of Track & Field for Harrier Track Club. Joel previously was the Head Cross Country / Distance Coach at North Carolina A&T State University where, in one year, he re-wrote 8 school records and recorded the second best cross country finish in school history. Prior to working with A&T, Joel worked as the Director of Track & Field Operations at The University of Iowa. While at Iowa, the Men's cross country team sent athlete to NCAA Nationals.
Before the Hawkeyes Pearson worked as an Assistant XC coach/recruiting coordinator at IPFW, a Division I institution in Fort Wayne, IN. Pearson also served as Head Cross Country and Track and Field coach for Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA., where he coached the Orcas to 31 school records, four collegiate All-Americans, 2 regional coach of the yeah honors, and Laura Carlyle, a Canadian T&F National Qualifier.
Joel has also coached state qualifiers for Meridian, Lynden, Blaine, Nooksack Valley, and Ferndale high schools in Washington State. Pearson coached Oliver Bear Don't Walk to the America Junior 50k track record with a time of 3:10:07.
During his time at HTC many athletes have qualified for prestigious events under Pearson's tutelage. Among those are Canadian Olympic Trials qualifiers (1500, 3kSt), U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier (10k), Canadian Track and Field National qualifier (1500/5k), World Junior Mountain qualifier and three USA Junior National qualifiers (3k St, 5k, 10k). He also coached 24 National Junior Olympic qualifiers in cross country. Among the record holders he has coached includes an American Junior record in the 50k and an El Salvador National Junior record in the 800 /1000 meters.
The Pearson File: Positions Held
Director of Track & Field - Harrier Track Club
Head XC/Distance Coach - North Carolina A&T State University
Director of Track & Field Operations - University of Iowa.
Assistance XC/TF Coach - Indiana, Purdue - Fort Wayne
Head XC/TF Coach - Whatcom Community College
Distance Coach at Meridian, Lynden, Nooksack High Schools
The Pearson File: Coaching
8 x USATF all-Americans (15k, Half-Marathon, 50k)
5 x Community College all-Americans (Cross Country)
3 x USA Junior National Qualifiers (5k, 10k, 3k Steeple)
Canadian Track & Field National Qualifier (1500, 5000)
Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifier (3k SteepleChase)
American Junior 50k Track Record Holder - (3:10:07)
El Salvador National Junior 800m Record
World Junior Mountain Qualifier
24 x National JO XC Qualifiers
2 x Community College Academic all-Americans
2 x NWAACC North Region XC Coach of the Year
2 x National JO XC all-Americans