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a bit about john

John Pearce (born January 13, 1947) is a former American football coach.  He was an assistant coach at Texas A&M University before becoming the head football coach at Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy from 1992-98. At SFA, he was the only coach, during that time period in 1-AA football, to have his team nationally ranked every single week for five years.  After leaving his position at Stephen F. Austin, he was an assistant coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Rice University.  Pearce retired from coaching in 2003. 

After retirement, he and his wife Jaime returned to Texas from California and built a home in Sugar Land. In retirement, he had noted he wanted to be a "soccer mom" for his grandchildren.  He accomplished this goal as his four granddaughters grew up. 


In 2014, he became a published author with "Ever Remember the Days of 1913-1914" followed by "A Private in the Texas Army" in 2022.  He and the love of his life, Jaime, have been married over 55 years and enjoy spending every moment together 24/7.


In his high school senior season of 1964 for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, Pearce was co-captain with Que Brittain and an all-district and honorable mention all-state linebacker selection.


In 2011, the Sulphur Springs New-Telegram celebrated 100 years of Wildcat football by picking the All-Century team for Sulphur Springs High School. Pearce was a member of that elite team as the best in Sulphur Springs football history and was honored as a player on the Wildcat Hall of Honor in 1996.

1965 - 1969

In 1965, Pearce received a football scholarship to Texas A&M University. He attended Texas A&M for two years, lettering on the freshman team, before transferring and finishing playing career at East Texas State University in 1968. He graduated in 1970 and in 1992 was honored as an Ambassador for the ETSU Alumni Association.

He married Jaime McKinney on June 29, 1968, and they had two children, Amy Elizabeth born on November 8, 1969, and Michael Frank born on January 29, 1973.

1970 - 1974

In his first coaching job, from 1970 through 1973, Pearce served as an assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Waco Connally High School under Don Hanks.  In 1974, he joined the Kilgore High School staff  as the defensive coordinator for former NFL quarterback Buddy Humphrey.

1975 - 1981

For the next 14 years, Pearce was the head coach at Allen (1975-81), Sherman (1982-83) and Ft. Bend Willowridge (1984-88).

At Allen High School, Pearce was the district coach of the year three-times and produced four state rank teams. In the 20th century, his winning percentage was the highest of any Allen coach, and in 1980, an 11-wins season was the most for any Allen 11-man football team. It was not until 2003 that an Allen team won more.

1982 – 1983

For two years, Pearce was the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Sherman High School. After the 1983 season, Pearce received the head football coach position at Ft. Bend Willowridge High School.