Drew Pearce begins his sixth season with the UAlbany baseball program in 2014, serving his second season as associate head coach and fourth as recruiting coordinator. Pearce works primarily with the Great Danes' pitching staff. His duties also include fundraising, team travel, practice planning, and academic support.
Pearce played a key role in putting together UAlbany’s 2013-14 incoming class that was recognized as the top recruiting class in the Northeast Region by Baseball America. Right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods highlighted the group, opting to attend UAlbany after the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
In addition, Pearce was instrumental in the success of UAlbany’s recent Major League Baseball Draft picks – left-handed pitcher Sean Lucas and right-hander Dave Kubiak. Lucas was chosen in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds in 2012, marking the highest draft choice from the program since 2002, and the eighth player in UAlbany history to be selected. A year prior, Kubiak was named the UAlbany Male Athlete of the Year and was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 36th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Under Pearce’s direction in 2013, hurlers Austin Chase and Kasceim Graham earned second team all-conference honors, while right-handed pitcher Ryan Stinar was selected to the all-rookie squad. Pearce’s staff helped the Great Danes to a No. 3 seed in the America East Tournament with a 16-14 overall conference record.
During his tenure at UAlbany, the Great Danes set the record for conference wins in a season, recording a 16-8 mark in 2012, while earning a No. 2 seed to the America East Conference tournament. In addition, five pitchers have earned all-conference honors under Pearce’s influence, including multi-season winners, Kubiak and Chase.
Pearce came to UAlbany after a stint at Siena College, where he worked primarily with the outfielders and as a hitting coach. He also directed the Saints community service and fund-raising activities and was responsible for the oversight of scouting and the team’s strength and conditioning program. During the 2008 season, Pearce helped lead the Saints to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game, posting a turnaround record of 30-26, after a 12-33 record in 2007. The Saints, who had not made the MAAC tournament in four years, achieved a 30-win season for only the fourth time in school history. Pearce acted as the first base coach during the season and was involved in practice and game planning. He coordinated all on-campus recruiting visits and was placed in charge of all team travel arrangements.
Pearce was also the pitching coach of the Amsterdam Mohawks of the New York Collegiate Baseball League in 2007-08. He also acted as the General Manager of the Amsterdam Mohawks Organizations specializing in revenue generation through sponsorships, innovative marketing and community relations. Pearce worked with the team’s pitching staff in regards to mechanics, mental approach, strength and conditioning and situational knowledge.
Pearce is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a standout pitcher for the Golden Bears. As a sophomore, he posted a 9-5 record with a 3.22 ERA in the Pacific 10 Conference. Pearce collected victories over perennial powerhouse teams such as USC, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, Arizona and Fresno State. Pearce played in the Alaska Collegiate Baseball Summer League after his freshman year, registering a 5-1 record with a 2.01 ERA. He earned two international wins against all-star teams in Korea and Japan. After signing a contract to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League following his sophomore season at California, he tore a ligament in his throwing elbow. Pearce missed his junior season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and returned to the team, only to tear his rear rotator cuff as a senior. Pearce had been drafted by the New York Yankees out of St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.
In the summer of 2013, Pearce married his wife Karen in Cortona, Italy. They reside in Pittsfield, Mass.