Tommy Pearce was chosen to start the new era of men’s lacrosse for Frostburg State University in the early summer of 2009 and he has quickly turned his program into one of the top teams in the region.
Pearce has powered the Bobcats to 75 overall wins in seven years, including 67 victories over the last five seasons. The Bobcats have also totaled 24 wins in the CAC, one of the nation’s toughest conferences, and have spent much of the last three seasons ranked inside the USILA Top 20 poll.
A two-time CAC Coach of the Year, Pearce has coached five USILA All-Americans, three USILA Scholar All-Americans, seven All-ECAC players, 21 All-CAC selections and 103 Academic All-CAC honorees.
Under his guidance, Frostburg has appeared in the CAC Tournament in each of the last five seasons, including a spot in the league championship game in 2015. The Bobcats also made two appearances in the title game of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship in 2013 & 2014.
Last spring, the Bobcats posted a 9-7 overall record that included an early season upset of No. 9 Cabrini, 11-8. Frostburg carried that momentum to another CAC Tournament appearance with five wins in league play. A pair of FSU players earned All-CAC honors and the Bobcats ranked third in the CAC in clearing percentage (84.1), man-down defense (68.8) and scoring defense (8.06).
In 2016, Frostburg reached as high as No. 15 in the USILA Top 20 poll and finished the season with a 15-4 overall mark and a 5-3 CAC slate. FSU opened the season at 11-0, toppled 16th-ranked Ursinus at Bobcat Stadium and earned a spot in the CAC Tournament semifinals for the third-straight season.
The Bobcats garnered two more USILA All-Americans in Tom Kraemer and Erik Geiser. Kraemer and Spenser Love garnered USILA Scholar All-American honors, while Kraemer and Tate Rolland were named Face-Off Yearbook DIII Preseason All-Americans.
FSU finished fourth in the country in face-off winning percentage (0.681), sixth in clearing percentage (0.886), 12th in man-down defense (0.822) and 13th in turnovers per game (14.21). The Bobcats finished third in the CAC in scoring offense (12.21), third in scoring defense (7.32), third in points per game (19.32) and third in ground balls (653).
In 2015, Pearce led the Bobcats to a school-record 14-0 start en route to the program’s best season in school history. Frostburg was ranked as high as No. 17 in the USILA poll and eventually fell to No. 8 Salisbury in the CAC Championship to finish the year with a 16-3 overall record. FSU hosted a CAC Tournament semifinal game for the first time in program history and defeated Mary Washington, 7-6, to advance to the league title game.
FSU set several other records, including finishing in the top-10 in several categories in the final Division III national rankings. As a team, the red and black led the nation with just 13.53 turnovers per game, finished fifth in the nation in clearing percentage (0.891), sixth in scoring defense (6.16), seventh in winning percentage (0.842), eighth in scoring margin (7.11), and ninth in assists per game (8.63). FSU also led the CAC in several categories including assists per game, clearing percentage, face-off winning percentage (0.633), turnovers per game and winning percentage. Erik Geiser led the conference with a 0.651 face-off winning percentage and 4.68 ground balls per game, while Devin Colegrove led the CAC with 2.21 assists per game.
Eight Bobcats were named to the All-CAC squads following the season, while Pearce garnered CAC Coach of the Year honors. Three seniors (Zach Burkhardt, Colegrove, Chris Rios) were named to the ECAC DIII Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team, while Burkhardt, Rios and Kraemer were named USILA All-American Honorable Mentions.
From 2013 and 2014, the Bobcats posted 27 total wins and advanced to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region Championship game twice. FSU made an appearance in the CAC Tournament in each season and finished runner-up in the league in scoring twice.
In 2014, Frostburg finished 14-6 overall and was chosen to host the ECAC South Region Championship. The Bobcats led the CAC in face-off winning percentage (.633), face-offs won (292) and ground balls per game (39.45). At Bobcat Stadium, FSU finished 8-2 with a win in both the CAC and ECAC Tournaments.
In 2013, Pearce led the Bobcats to a 13-7 overall record and FSU capped the year with an appearance in the ECAC South Region Tournament Championship. The Bobcats finished the season ranked ninth in the country in man-up offense (.390) and 19th in ground balls per game (41.80). For his efforts, Pearce was named the CAC’s Coach of the Year.
In his second season in 2012, the Bobcats posted wins over Shenandoah (14-6) and Washington & Jefferson (8-6) and suffered six losses by four goals or less. The Bobcats finished fourth in the CAC in ground balls (637), fifth in caused turnovers (144) and seventh in both goals (113) and assists (64).
In the program’s first year in 2011, Frostburg finished 6-11 overall and 1-7 in the league. The Bobcats had two players finish in the top-10 in the league in scoring while Ryan Serio was named the CAC Rookie of the Year. Frostburg opened the season with a 10-3 win over Shenandoah and finished with wins over Neumann (20-9), St. Joseph’s (19-3), Susquehanna (10-9), Marymount (11-8) and Washington & Jefferson (12-6).
Pearce came to Frostburg State University from Gettysburg College where he served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the men’s lacrosse team for four seasons (2006-09).
A native of Chestertown, Md., Pearce helped Gettysburg to an incredible run during his time with the Bullets. The team won the Centennial Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those four seasons, including a national runner-up finish in 2009. Gettysburg collected an overall record of 66-12 and was consistently ranked in the top-10 in the nation, including a No. 5 ranking at the conclusion of his final season.
Pearce, who earned the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association 2008 Division III Outstanding Assistant Coach award, helped recruit and coach 20 All-Americans while at Gettysburg, including six in 2009.
Success at Gettysburg came not only as a coach for Pearce, but also as a player. He was a two-time All-American, garnering First Team honors in 2001 as well as being named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Player of the Year. He helped the Bullets to four-straight conference titles and the school’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III national championship game.
Pearce graduated from Gettysburg in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in English and received his master’s degree from McDaniel College in 2008 in physical education and athletic administration.