Land O’ Lakes High boys soccer coach Mark Pearson resigned Monday after spending 16 years coaching that included an impressive record and two state runner-up titles.
Pearson stepped down to spend more time with family.
“To spend time with them as they become young adults means to be at home with them,” the Worksop, England native said. “I’ve tried to build the best program I can at Land O’ Lakes, a program that both the school and community can be proud of. I’m not turning my back on the program or the players. I will be there in any way I can, but I feel this hard decision was the best one I could make for myself and my family.”
Pearson was the longest tenured boys soccer coach in Pasco County. His career included three state tournament appearances, 11 district titles and a 305-88-36 overall record.
The Gators finished last season as the Class 3A-District 8 runner-ups at 13-8-1 and lost to Citrus in the regional quarterfinals.
Pearson, a University of Tampa and Chamberlain grad, became the varsity coach in 1997 after becoming a teacher at the school in 1995, a year after winning the Division II soccer national championship as an assistant with the Spartans.