UMD Hires Pearson to Lead Women’s Basketball
Former MIAC Coach of the Year Replaces Annette Wiles on Bulldogs' Bench
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It has been a busy summer of comings and goings in the University of Minnesota Duluth athletic department. Though the school now has a head coach for every program after Mandy Pearson was named the new women’s basketball coach Tuesday.
Pearson spent the last eight seasons at Saint Mary’s where she was the MIAC Coach of the Year twice, and led the Cardinals to a regular season conference title and first-ever berth in the Division III NCAA Tournament.
She takes over the Bulldog program after Annette Wiles’ resignation in June.
Associate Athletic Director Karen Stroemme, who headed up the search committee, says UMD got the right woman for the job.
“I can say that we hit the jackpot,” said Stromme. “I am thrilled that I could be a part of this and I’m so excited for the future of UMD Basketball.”
“We are confident she is the right person to lead our program to success, recruit the highest caliber of Bulldog student athletes and fulfill our mission of excellence in the classroom, community and competition,” added Athletic Director Josh Berlo.
Meanwhile, Pearson is impressed with her new employer, as well as the community/
“Duluth is a city where people love to be,” Pearson said. “This university is a school where the students love to be, want to be, are excited to be here. The academic reputation is phenomenal, that’s really important to me as a coach that students get a really good experience.”