Former Waskom defensive coordinator Greg Pearson has joined the Brownsboro Independent School District as the new athletic director and head football coach.
The hiring was unanimously approved by the school board Thursday in a special meeting.
“I am very excited and honored,” Pearson said. “I feel very blessed to be a part of the community and a part of this school district. I look forward to meeting the kids, coaches and faculty and start establishing relationships to build this program. I want to continue what coach (Jason) Hooker has started to take this to a new level.”
Pearson is replacing Hooker, who served as Brownsboro’s athletic director and Head Football Coach for four years. He recently accepted the athletic director job at Tyler Chapel Hill.
Pearson’s first official day is Wednesday, due to the fact Waskom has an athletic banquet on Monday.
“I will interview and meet with coaches and players and I am so thrilled to be here,” Pearson said. “I got to talk with coach (Fred) Griffin and coach (Brent) Smith and they are great guys. I look forward to learning from them as well as helping them in any way that I can.”
This is the first head coaching job and athletic director for Pearson. He has been a coach for 25 years with the last seven at Waskom.
During his time at Waskom, he guided the defense to back-to-back state titles in 2015-2016 in Class 3A, Division II.
“I was very fortunate to be at Waskom for the past seven years and help build that program,” Pearson said. “I expect to see these results in the future here. I expect to see championships being won here. First and foremost, to be an AD and head football coach instead of being a coordinator drew me here. I have some great men that I have coached with in my 25 years that I am bringing in who will help me build the foundation that we laid in Waskom seven years ago.”
Pearson said the wait was due to the fact he has two daughters who he did not want to have them moving to different locations.
Superintendent Tommy Hunter anticipates the students and community will be very receptive to what Pearson has to offer.
“I’m excited about him getting here. His energy, excitement and ability to build meaningful relationships are things that will fit in well with not only the school but with the community,” said Hunter.
Pearson said he believes the talent is at Brownsboro to turn the football program around.
“These kids need to have a relationship with the coaches that they are willing to work hard, give extremely great effort and to go out there and play hard, fast and physical,” Pearson said. “I believe the talent level is here based on the situation of the track team and basketball team. I do believe there are great things happening here for the Bears.”
Pearson said he will make sure the students will bring pride to the community of Brownsboro.
“I do believe there is a formula and a chance to be successful,” the coach said. “If a kid is willing to buy in, give great effort and work hard and have the community and coaching staff get behind them, then we are going to start that on Wednesday.”
Pearson said he played at Trinity Valley under coach Carl Andress.