Tommy Pearce was chosen to start the new era of men’s lacrosse for Frostburg State University in the early summer of 2009 and he has quickly turned his program into one of the top teams in region.
Over the last two seasons, the Bobcats posted 27 total wins and advanced to the ECAC South Region Championship Game twice. FSU made an appearance in the CAC Tournament in each season and finished runner-up in the league in scoring twice.
Last spring, Frostburg finished 14-6 overall and was chosen to host the ECAC South Region Championship. The Bobcats led the CAC in face-off winning percentage (.633), face-offs won (292) and ground balls per game (39.45). At Bobcat Stadium, FSU finished 8-2 with a win in both the CAC and ECAC Tournaments.
In 2013, Pearce led the Bobcats to a 13-7 overall record and FSU capped the year with an appearance in the ECAC South Region Tournament Championship. The Bobcats finished the season ranked ninth in the country in man-up offense (.390) and 19th in ground balls per game (41.80). For his efforts, Pearce was named the CAC’s Coach of the Year.
In his second season in 2012, the Bobcats posted wins over Shenandoah (14-6) and Washington & Jefferson (8-6) and suffered six losses by four goals or less. The Bobcats finished fourth in the CAC in groundballs (637), fifth in caused turnovers (144) and seventh in both goals (113) and assists (64).
In the program’s first year in 2011, Frostburg finished 6-11 overall and 1-7 in the league. The Bobcats had two players finish in the top-10 in the league in scoring while Ryan Serio was named the CAC Rookie of the Year. Frostburg opened the season with a 10-3 win over Shenandoah and finished with wins over Neumann (20-9), St. Joseph’s (19-3), Susquehanna (10-9), Marymount (11-8) and Washington & Jefferson (12-6).
Pearce came to Frostburg State University from Gettysburg College where he served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the men’s lacrosse team for four seasons (2006-09).
A native of Chestertown, Md., Pearce helped Gettysburg to an incredible run during his time with the Bullets. The team won the Centennial Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those four seasons, including a national runner-up finish in 2009. Gettysburg collected an overall record of 66-12 and was consistently ranked in the top-10 in the nation, including a No. 5 ranking at the conclusion of his final season.
Pearce, who earned the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association 2008 Division III Outstanding Assistant Coach award, helped recruit and coach 20 All-Americans while at Gettysburg, including six in 2009.
Success at Gettysburg came not only as a coach for Pearce, but also as a player. He was a two-time All-American, garnering First Team honors in 2001 as well as being named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Player of the Year. He helped the Bullets to four-straight conference titles and the school’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III national championship game.
Pearce graduated from Gettysburg in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in English and received his master’s degree from McDaniel College in 2008 in physical education and athletic administration.