RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College Athletic Director Jackie Myers announced Monday the appointment of Joseph Pearson as the new full-time head strength and conditioning coach. Pearson served a short term as a volunteer during the spring 2016 season and returns as the first individual to direct the program full time.
"We appreciate the college's support for a full-time strength coach and are thrilled Joseph accepted the offer to return to Meredith," said Myers. "His personal training experience, passion for improving the performance of student-athletes, and commitment to the Avenging Angels will engage our athletes, and the strength program will continue to enhance their overall athletics experience."
Pearson joins the Avenging Angels while serving as owner/operator of The Strength Feed in Raleigh. He launched his career at Proehlific Park in Greensboro in 2014 training youth strength and agility classes, while simultaneously training for his professional career. During that time Pearson became a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Pearson earned a Bachelor of Science in exercise science with a concentration in strength and conditioning from Guilford College, while playing football for the Quakers. A Guilford Lineman of the Year in 2013, Pearson served as team captain of the Senior Bowl. He participated in the Super Regional NFL Combine in 2014 and competed two years in the arena football league.
Strength coach and former NCAA Division I women's basketball player Erin Bratcher will join Pearson as a volunteer for the Avenging Angels strength and conditioning program. Bratcher coached one season with the Ravenscroft High School girls basketball team before playing three years of professional ball in Germany. She writes a fitness blog to share her methods and techniques to improve strength, power, and explosiveness, as well as strategies to prevent injury.