FULL NAME: Philip James Pearson
TITLE: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
DATE HIRED: March 25, 1998
NO. SEASONS WITH THE TIDE: 11th season
DUTIES: Recruiting; on the floor coaching; opponent scouting
HOMETOWN: Montgomery, Alabama
FAMILY: Married the former Ashley Trawick, a Bay Minette native, on August 9, 1997; Ashley graduated from Alabama in 1994 with a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and has a Masters in Elementary Education from Murray State in 1998; has two daughters, Mary Collins, born 7-12-00, and Catherine, born 10-13-04, and a son, William, born 4-5-02.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jeff Davis High School (Montgomery); lettered in basketball and baseball; an all-city basketball player.
COLLEGE: University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science (Human Performance) in December 1993 Murray State University, Master of Arts in Health, Physical Education & Recreation in May 1997.
COLLEGIATE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Played five seasons at UA, three for Wimp Sanderson (1989-90; 1990-91; 1991-92) and two (1992-93 and 1993-94) for David Hobbs; Lettered in 1992-93; Alabama advanced to four NCAA tournament appearances (1990, 1991, 1992 & 1994) and won two SEC Tournament Championships (1990 & 1991) during that time; Basketball team's Paul Bryant Student-Athlete of the Year; President's list academic honor roll.
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 1994-95: graduate assistant to Wimp Sanderson at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock; UALR went 17-12 1995-98: administrative assistant first season, director of basketball operations the second season (1996-97), then promoted to assistant coach his third season (1997-98) with Mark Gottfried at Murray State University; MSU won the OVC all three seasons and advanced to two NCAA (1997 & 1998) and the NIT postseason tournaments during that tenure.
MISC. CAREER NOTES: Eight postseason trips (5 NCAA, 3 NIT) as a UA assistant; Total gives him seven NCAA trips and four NIT in his last 13 seasons (at UA and at MSU); coached UA's 2002 SEC Champions; Rivals.com named him to its Top 25 college basketball recruiters' list; Going into 2008-09, in 19 seasons as a collegiate player and coach, he has advanced to postseason play 16 out of 19 seasons; In 19 seasons as a player and coach, he has won the regular season and/or conference tournament championships a total of six times; Was the first coach Mark Gottfried hired as his assistant at Alabama and was at Gottfried's side for the March 25, 1998 press conference in Tuscaloosa announcing their hirings; his UA teammates included ten NBA-bound players Robert Horry, Antonio McDyess, Latrell Sprewell, Keith Askins, Jason Caffey, David Benoit, James Robinson, Eric Washington, Marcus Webb and Roy Rogers; Hosts Philip Pearson Basketball Camp each summer in his hometown of Montgomery.