Philip Pearson, a veteran of Southeastern Conference basketball as a player and coach, joined the Georgia staff as an assistant coach in April of 2009.
Pearson, 43, spent 16 years representing the Alabama program, either as a player or coach. Most recently, he earned high praise for his work as the Crimson Tide's interim head coach during the final 13 games of the 2009 season. Alabama won six of those contests, including a first-round game in the SEC Tournament.
Pearson got his start in the coaching business as a graduate assistant to Wimp Sanderson at Arkansas-Little Rock in 1994. Among his first pupils at UALR was current New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. The next year he joined the staff at Murray State, first as an administrative assistant, then as director of basketball operations and by 1997 as a full-time assistant coach. After the Racers played in their second straight NCAA Tournament in 1998, Pearson moved to his alma mater, where he remained until 2009. During that time, Alabama won over 200 games, won the 2002 SEC Championship, played in five NCAA Tournaments, reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2004, and earned the program's first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2002.
Pearson was a 5-year playing member of the Bama program, the first three under Sanderson, the latter two under David Hobbs. During his career he counted as his teammates a total of 10 future NBA players: 7-time NBA champion Robert Horry, Antonio McDyess, Latrell Sprewell, Keith Askins, Jason Caffey, David Benoit, James Robinson, Eric Washington, Marcus Webb and Roy Rogers. While as a coach there, five more alumni reached the NBA: Gerald Wallace, Rod Grizzard, Mo Williams, Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., Pearson earned his B.S. degree in Human Performance from Alabama in 1993. He earned his master's degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Murray State in 1997. He and his wife Ashley have three children: Mary Collins (14), William (12) and Catherine (10).
Full Name: Philip J. Pearson
Born: Feb. 16, 1971 in Montgomery, Ala.
Family: Wife - Ashley. Children - Mary Collins (14), William (12), Catherine (10).
High School: Jeff Davis High School, Montgomery, Ala.
Undergraduate: B.S. degree, Human Performance, University of Alabama, 1993
Graduate: M.S. degree, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, Murray State University, 1997
Graduate Assistant Basketball Coach, Univ. of Arkansas - Little Rock, Little Rock, Ark., 1994-95
Administrative Assistant, Murray State University, Murray, Ky., 1995-96
Director of Basketball Operations, Murray State University, 1996-97
Asst. Basketball Coach, Murray State University, 1997-98
Asst. Basketball Coach, University of Alabama, 1998 - January of 2009
Interim Head Basketball Coach, University of Alabama, Jan.-March, 2009
Asst. Basketball Coach, University of Georgia, April 2009-Present
5-year member of the basketball program at Alabama, the first three under Wimp Sanderson, the latter two under David Hobbs.