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NH's Pearson shifts from girls' hoops coach to AD


July 27, 2011
After six years at the helm of the North Harrison girls' basketball program, coach Hal Person recently announced his resignation to focus on his new position within the school.

Pearson was named the high school athletic director and resigned from the coaching gig to set his attention on his administrative position.

"I always thought about the administrative side of the school system," Pearson said. "At one time, it was wondering if I could make the change. I'm pretty comfortable with where the girls' program is headed. We had really solid records all through the system, from the fifth grade on up. The basketball program is going to continue to do good things."

He said the change also moves him out of the classroom for the most part (he will teach one class) and into full-time athletic director work.

"Basketball has become a year-round sport," Pearson said. "The first day of school involves setting up biddy ball and the middle school teams while starting conditioning for high school teams. Coaching has changed."

In his six years, Pearson compiled a 68-66 record. He came to North Harrison after a stint at rival Crawford County. This past season, Pearson won his 100th career game.

A season to remember for the program and Pearson was the 2008-09 campaign. With a senior-laden bunch, the Lady Cats put together a 21-4 season, losing the four games by a combined 10 points.

"That sectional year was a blast," he said. "Those kids became coaches on the floor. At times, I wouldn't have to call plays; they knew what to run. Winning that sectional was special for a good group of girls."

That season ended with a two-point loss to Vincennes Lincoln in the regional semi-final.

"When I took over, the program wasn't going down," Pearson said. "We just had to level out our classes. When I arrived, we had just one senior and no juniors. At Christmas of that first year, we were dedicated to let the young ones play varsity for basically 3-1/2 years."

Pearson said he always had good kids come up through the program.

"We never had to worry about grades or anything," he said.

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