Illuminating excellence: Pearson Field

Illuminating excellence: Pearson Field

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College is pleased to announce a new campaign—Illuminating Excellence—which will honor Dr. Bob Pearson and bring lights to the Vikings' soccer field at the Ford Complex.

Bob Pearson's legacy as a coach and athletic director at Berry is one of expansion, equality and opportunity benefiting all students. Under his leadership, baseball and men's golf were resurrected as intercollegiate sports, men's soccer was expanded through the addition of freshman and junior varsity teams, and women's soccer grew from humble beginnings as a club sport into a national power.

To meet the needs of the growing athletic program, facilities were added for baseball, tennis and soccer. To highlight the necessity for the latter, Pearson famously conducted practice on the Hermann Hall lawn. The resulting complex has provided a winning foundation for Berry's championship-caliber soccer teams for more than a quarter-century.

Help Berry student-athletes see the light!

Given his role in expanding athletic opportunities at Berry, it is only fitting that Pearson's name be attached to the next major evolution for soccer and softball – lighted competition fields. The $250,000 campaign to name the soccer field in his honor will result in much-needed scheduling flexibility for coaches in both sports, as well as new opportunities for students, faculty and staff to gather together after traditional class and work hours to cheer our teams to victory.

Join this effort by making your online commitment at Be sure to type "Pearson Field" under "Other Designation" on the online giving form. Contact David Clark at or 706-236-1708 for more information about the project.