Matthew Pearman Bio
Walking into a tough situation in a new job is not an easy thing to do. If anyone knows this to be true, it’s Matthew Pearman, the athletic director here at Monticello.
Mr. Pearman walked onto the job just weeks after Fitzgerald Barnes, the previous AD who had held the position for sixteen years, had resigned after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges. Pearman stepped up to the plate and delivered for the MHS athletic department. Now, as his first year comes to a close, it is time to look back on Pearman’s past, and his time here at Monticello.
Matthew Pearman’s academic career began at Powhatan High School, where he was a four-sport athlete and heavily involved in the athletic department. From 1996-1998, he attended Ferrum College, and then began a career in the military as a combat engineer. He also has attended Longwood University from 2000-2004.
Monticello is not Perman’s first Athletic Director job – he also was an AD at Cumberland County High School, which was a much smaller school than MHS. It has about half of the students, and is in the 1a division (The Mustangs are 3a). Mr. Pearman is also not a beginner to physical education; he worked as a health and PE teacher at Cumberland for more than six years. Along with being an AD and gym teacher, he also coached baseball, volleyball, track and field, and cross country at a varsity level.
When Matthew Pearman arrived in October, he immediately made a splash by passing out white towels to students for the football game that night, and starting a Twitter account to update students on scores of the games going on that night. He worked with the Mustang Maniacs and he is grateful to have them.
Pearman said, “We have such great student section here at Monticello. Groups like the Maniacs have been so helpful this year.”
Although Pearman has made some changes, he is an advocate of the expression ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’
“At the end of every season or school year, you look back and say ‘What went well?,” Pearman said. “I want to keep doing that. What can I improve on? What areas can we improve on as an athletic program. As a team. As an individual.’”
Although he hasn’t had a full year to reflect on yet, we can expect some changes in the future. Still, Pearman is quick to mention first what he likes about MHS.
“This is a great athletic program, and I’m thrilled to be here,” Pearman said.