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Dan Pearson takes charge of mission control

It is with great delight that Dan Pearson is the new Head Coach of the Reading Rockets and Academy Director. Pearson joins the Rockets after 5 years of being assistant coach at the University of Calgary.

Pearson moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2016 to take a job at the University of Calgary. After two years on the staff, Dan was promoted to Lead Assistant for the Dinos where he took the lead for many of the operational roles, including skills development, recruitment, and camps for the program. During his time with the Dinos he amassed an 84.6% win percentage over his 4 season stay with the club which included 4 Final 8 appearances, 2 National Title Game appearances, 2 CanadaWest Regular Season Championships, 2 CanadaWest Tournament Championships, and the school’s first ever National Championship victory in 2018.

Before joining the Dinos team, Dan spent two years coaching at Helena Capital High School where he led the Bruins to a 2nd place finish in Montana and an eventual State Championship. After his achievements at Helena, he joined the coaching team at Carroll College. There he achieved many accolades including helping the Saints go from 2 wins to 18 in just 2 years, improving the team GPA to 3.1, and strengthening its performance in several statistical categories. While coaching at Carroll, Dan went on to receive his Master’s in Organisational Leadership: Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Alongside this, Dan has also worked extensively in camps and AAU system across the US and internationally, spending 10 summers throughout North America and Europe with NBC Camps and is the co-founder of Elite League Basketball Camps in Montana.

Dan is extremely excited to get started, he said: “Today I am thrilled to accept the role of the Head Coach of the Reading Rockets and Academy Director. I am grateful to the Johnson’s and the rest of the Rocket family for putting their trust in me to help lead this program.” He also expressed his desire to continue to develop the Rockets basketball programme. “I relish the opportunity to continue to build on the foundations of those who came before me and am committed to being a singular piece in building a culture and style of basketball that the Reading community can take pride in.”

Club chairman, Gary Johnson, is very happy at the appointment of Dan Pearson as the new head coach and academy director, he said:

“I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of Dan joining us as soon as we can complete his visa requirements. His North American experience in the States and Canada will be invaluable to Rockets and especially to the Academy players and the Division 1 Men. Our contacts across the world gave us a surprising large quantity and quality of applicants but Dan shone through and is definitely the person to take us into the next chapter of Rockets history as we head for our 25th anniversary next year. I wish him all the very best as he takes up this key post and I can assure him that Rockets Leadership Team and our committed supporters will be keen to meet him and encourage him as he settles into the cosmopolitan town of Reading.”

Rocketeers let’s give Dan a warm welcome and wish him luck as he leads the club into a new chapter!