Chad Pearson was named assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Gopher football program in December 2010. Pearson came to Minnesota after two years as the assistant sports performance coach at Northern Illinois University.
Pearson assists in the planning and programming of off-season speed development, agility training and overall energy-system advancement for the Gophers. He also helps direct team training schedules, while assisting with student-athlete data management and analytics.
In his two years at NIU, Pearson worked with women's basketball, football, baseball and softball.
His previous experience includes work as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois University and also at NIU while finishing up his master's degree in kinesiology. He earned his master's degree from Southern Illinois in 2009.
A 2006 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Chad was a two-sport athlete while playing tailback for the Beaver football team and a sprinter on the track team. He earned all-conference honors on both the gridiron and the track.
The native of Polk City, Iowa, is a graduate of North Polk High School in Alleman, Iowa.
Pearson is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and also a member of USAW as a USAW Sports Performance Coach. He is also an international level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.
Pearson is married to the former Rachel Green. The couple have one son, Roman.