|Team:||Men's Basketball Coach|
|Induction Class of:||2009|
Doug Pearson, a native of Manchester, Connecticut, was the quintessential teacher-coach. He is best known for resurrecting the Golden Bears’ men’s basketball program, and making it one of the most successful and respected in the region. Doug compiled a 100-60 record (62.5%) with five winning seasons in six years. His squads posted back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time in school history in 2000 and 2001, captured consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships, and appeared in two NCAA Division III Tournaments. Doug was the GNAC Coach-of-the-Year in 2000. He also served as the school’s men’s tennis coach for three years (2005-07) directing the Golden Bears to a 28-17 record (62.2%). His 2007 team posted a 10-1 mark for the best winning percentage (.909) in program history and won both the regular season conference and GNAC Tournament titles. He also was an assistant women’s basketball coach (2006-09) and Director of Physical Education. Doug was a beloved member of the Western New England College athletics family, serving the department in several other capacities. His passion for teaching and coaching, and care and commitment for students and their activities, was second to none. Pearson passed away on Feb. 7, 2009 at the age of 64.