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Brigham Young University
Pearce was born and raised in Provo, Utah, where he graduated from Timpview High School in 1984. He grew up on the BYU tennis courts where his father, Wayne Pearce, was the men's tennis coach for nearly 20 years. Pearce finished his junior career as the No. 2 ranked junior player in the United States (No. 1 computer-ranked) and was also ranked No. 5 in the world ITF.
Pearce joined the professional tour after playing two seasons of collegiate tennis at UCLA, where he was a two-time All-American in both singles and doubles, and the PAC-10 singles and doubles champion in 1986. Pearce was a semifinalist in the NCAA tournament that same year finishing his sophomore year ranked No. 4 in the nation. He was a member of the college Junior Davis Cup Team, represented the U.S. in the Galea Cup international competition, and was a gold and bronze medalist at the Goodwill Games in 1986 in Moscow, Russia.
Pearce had a successful career on the professional tour that included nine titles and a quarterfinal singles appearance on Center Court at Wimbledon in 1990, losing to the then No. 1 player in the world, Ivan Lendl, in four sets. He also had quarterfinal double appearances at both the Australian and US Open Championships. In 1990 Pearce was also selected as a traveling member of the U.S. Davis Cup Team. Pearce's highest career ranking was No. 71 in singles and No. 23 in doubles.
During his professional career Pearce had singles and/or doubles wins over John McEnroe, Peter Fleming, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanesivic, Henri Leconte, Scott Davis, Andre Chesnokov, Todd Magnus Gustafasson, Michael Chang, Patrick McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. In 1995, Pearce teamed with Martina Navratilova, Richard Matuszieski and Mariaan de Swardt to win the World Team Tennis Championship for the New Jersey Stars, tying the all-time Team Tennis record for most wins.
In 1997-1998, Pearce was selected to coach with the USA Tennis High Performance program of the USTA. He coached, participated in training camps, and traveled with many of the best American juniors to major events in the United States (Orange Bowl, U.S. Open), South America, Canada and Europe. Members of the teams he worked with included Andy Roddick, James Blake, Taylor Dent, Brian Vahaly, Scott Lipsky, Scott Lipsky, David Martin and many others. In addition to his work with the USTA, Pearce worked with Mardy Fish on a private basis before his full-time commitment to BYU in January of 2000.
In his first full-year as an assistant in 2001, Pearce helped Coach Osborne to a Mountain West Conference Championship, the first at BYU in 13 years. He was named head coach after his fourth season of assisting Coach Osborne. In 2003-04, after playing one of the toughest schedules in BYU's tennis history, his team tied for the Region VII Championship, defeated No. 30 Cal Berkeley and finished ranked No. 67 in the NCAA end-of-year rankings. To cap off the season, Erik Nyman and Nima Roshan both represented BYU and the Mountain Region at the NCAA Championships. In 2004-05 his team finished the year ranked No. 61 nationally, no. 2 in the NCAA Mountain Region and earned a second place MWC finish with four Cougars being named to the All-MWC First Team. In 2005-06, Pearce's team fought through a schedule that featured 20 nationally ranked teams - including NCAA champion Pepperdine and perennial champions UCLA and Stanford. BYU earned an NCAA national ranking of 75 and finished third in the NCAA mountain region. Pearce had two All-MWC players in James Ludlow and Dominik Kaufhold.
In 2006-07, BYU played a difficult and competitive schedule. The Cougars began the spring season with a No. 73 national ranking moving up as high as No. 57 in the nation, marking its highest ranking in a number of years. Fifteen of the 28 matches BYU faced during the season were nationally ranked and most of those matches were on the road. One highlight included beating the 17-time NCAA Champion Stanford Cardinal, 5-2, on The Farm. At the conference championships Pearce's team went on to upset No. 55 New Mexico and No. 47 San Diego State, the regular season champion, to secure second place in the MWC Championships. The team ended the season ranked No. 62 in the national rankings and No. 3 in the Mountain Region. Four of Pearce's players were ranked in the top 30 in singles, including, James Ludlow, Chip Hand, Dominik Kaufhold and Jonathan Sanchez.
Kaufhold, Ludlow and Hand were named to the MWC All-Conference team. Ludlow was also recognized as the Mountain Region recipient of the Ted Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year Award and finished the season ranked No. 68 in the country.
Three of Pearce's former players, Nima Roshan, Shane LaPorte and Jeff Das, are among the top 800 players in the world, according to the latest ATP world professional rankings.
Pearce was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2006 and currently serves on the nominating committee of the United States Tennis Association. To this day, he is one of only sixteen Americans in the last twenty-one years to reach the final eight in singles at Wimbledon.
Pearce graduated from BYU in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in independent studies. He and his wife Cindi have six children.
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