Coach Joel Pearson
Joel has coached Cross Country and Track & Field for six years, two as head coach at Whatcom Community College, one as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW), a Division I school in Indiana, three as an assistant at area high schools, one as a Junior Olympics coach, and two as coach of the Harrier Track Club. Joel earned his USATF Level I Track & Field Coach certificate (L1-05-2523) in 2006 and his Level 2 certificate (L2-10152) in 2010.
Joel coached 17 year old athlete Oliver Bear Don't Walk from 11:09 in the 3200 to breaking the American Junior 50k track record by 71 minutes with a time of 3:10:07 (6:07 pace).
Four of Pearson's athletes at Whatcom Community College earned all-American honors despite none of them having been recruited for any college program. Two Harrier Track Club runners qualified for the 2010 USA Junior National Track & Field Championships with one placing 14th after entering with the 25th best time. Two members of the Junior Olympics team also earned all-American status.
Coach Pearson has also coached state qualifiers and champions at Meridian (9 State cross country qualifiers - one state cross country medalist), Lynden (State Track & Field medalist-800), Nooksack (State Track & Field qualifier-1600, 3200, American Junior 50k Record) and Blaine (two State Track & Field qualifiers, State 1600 champion, 9:35 freshman 3200). Joel also worked with high schools in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and Mebane, North Carolina.
As a runner, he qualified for state in the mile and qualified for cross country as part of a individual/team at Ferndale and at Mead, the latter winning the 2002 AAAA Washington State Championship. During his earlier years in Junior Olympics he was a four time all-American. (steeplechase, race walk) Since graduation from Evergreen State College, Joel has added three marathon victories to his resume, the most memorable being the 2005 Birch Bay Marathon, a race won 16 times by his father (World record). Joel is now the race director for the Birch Bay Marathon.