Heels Hire Pearman; Brock Promoted

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina has hired Charlotte native Danny Pearman as its defensive ends coach and named current assistant Dave Brock as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator, head coach John Bunting announced on Thursday.

Pearman, who has coached in Division I-A national championship games at two different schools, comes to Carolina after serving eight seasons as Virginia Tech's tight ends and offensive tackles coach. A 14-year coaching veteran, Pearman helped lead the Hokies to eight consecutive bowl games and coached in the 1999 national championship game (Sugar Bowl) against Florida State.

"I've gotten to know Danny Pearman over the past few years on the recruiting trail, and he is an excellent addition to our staff," said Bunting. "Coaching against him has always been difficult because his players were among the most well taught players in the league. I'm also excited because we are adding someone who played at Independence High School in Charlotte and knows how important football is in this state. I welcome him and his family to the Carolina family."

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work at North Carolina and with coach John Bunting, a man who knows what it takes to win at the highest level," said Pearman. "I was raised in North Carolina, I know the importance of football in this state and I can't wait to get started with spring practice."

Brock, who enters his second season at UNC, will continue to tutor the wide receivers in addition to his new duties as assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator.

"I want to build upon the recruiting success we had last year, and Dave Brock is the best person to lead our staff," said Bunting. "His style and work ethic made quite an impression during his first season and he brings fresh ideas that will only improve our recruiting efforts both locally in North Carolina and nationally."

Prior to coming to Blacksburg, Pearman helped coach the University of Alabama to six bowls and a national championship between 1990 and 1997. After helping guide the Crimson Tide to the national championship in 1992, he contributed to the Tide winning Southeastern Conference Western Division championships the next four years. Pearman was a graduate assistant at Alabama for two years, and then served as coach of the offensive tackles from 1991 to 1996. He coached the defensive tackles and special teams in 1997.

Pearman won three letters as a tight end at Clemson from 1983 through 1987. In his playing days, he was named a strength and conditioning All-American. He helped the Tigers win two ACC championships.

Following graduation, Pearman began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Tigers in 1988 and 1989. The Tigers won the ACC championship again in '88 and went to bowl games both of Pearman's seasons as a grad assistant.

Pearman has a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's in business administration, both from Clemson. He is married to the former Kristy Sewell of Birmingham, Ala., and they have a daughter, Taylor, 9, a son Tanner, 6, and a son Trent, 2.

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