Head Coach Kevin Pearson


Tough, Disciplined and Exciting define the Cathedral High School Football teams under Head Coach Kevin Pearson.Coach Pearson grad-uated from South Gate High School in 1983 where he lettered in three sports, football, basketball & baseball. He ended his playing ca-reer in 1984 at East L.A. College where he played quarterback. He then earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Cal State Los Angeles and subsequently a Masters of Education Degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Coach Pearson began coaching football at his high school alma mater before accepting the posi-tion of Head Coach at CHS in 1995. After the 2002 season, Pearson accepted the same position at Taft High School before returning to CHS in 2004. Coach Pearson has a vast experience in develop-ing athletes as he has worked many elite camps and combines such as the ESPN-Nike camp and the Schumann NUC combines. He also previously served as the Los Angeles Regional Director for Football University (FBU). In addition, he has also coached in many All-Star games, most recently as the Head Coach for the 2013 Prep Star All Star Game and as an assistant Coach for the 2010 and 2018 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX.

Coach Pearson had an immediate impact on the football program upon arrival as he led the Phan-toms to an 8-3 record and a first round playoff berth during his first season. During his second year at the helm, he directed the Phantoms to the CIF championship game, the school’s first such ap-pearance since 1930. That same year also brought the school’s first league title in 16 years and first outright league title since 1954. Under Coach Pearson, the Phantoms went on to win six consecutive league championships and earned playoff appearances in 17 of his 21 seasons, including five straight semifinal appearances. He has compiled a 186-61 (.756) won-loss record in those 21 seasons at Cathedral. Coach has compiled a 191-68 (.740) overall record as a Head Coach. As a direct result of the success of the program, the Phantoms have been promoted classifications by CIF on three separate occasions. In fact, no other Catholic high school football program has moved up more times. During his tenure, the Phantoms have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Sports and CNN. He is also one of only three coaches to be awarded the NFL-ABC High School Coach of the Week three times. During the past decade-and-a-half, over 60 Phantom football players have earned all CIF honors, four were named Prep All-Americans, and over 40 have gone on to play NCAA football.

The Phantoms’ offense has achieved great success during Coach Pearson’s tenure. Many state and two national records were set dur-ing his time. In fact, CHS is believed to be the only school to lead the state in rushing touchdowns one year and passing touchdowns the following year during the regular season. In 1997, running back Chris Hanks scored 49 touchdowns in the regular season and the very next year quarterback Robert De La Cruz threw for 61, becoming the first quarterback in the nation to throw for 60 in a season. De La Cruz’s state record for TD’s in a season (65 in 1999) stood for 14 years since finally being broken in 2013. Wide receiver Earvin Johnson tied the state record of 29 touchdown receptions in 1999 during his junior season and ended his Cathedral career with a state record of 64. Indeed, the Phantoms have averaged almost 40 points a game during Coach Pearson’s 20 seasons.

Pearson will coach in the US Amy All American Bowl in 2017 and 2018. Statistics aside, Coach Pearson’s teams have been recognized for their discipline, fundamentals and execution. Even more impressive than the success on the field is the fact that Coach Pearson has a greater, more important goal for his players than just winning games. “It is my hope and desire that each young man who goes through our program has a great experience and leaves a better person. I be-lieve on working diligently to not only develop great student athletes, but great Christian men.” When asked for his program’s goal, Coach Pearson answered, “Our mission in this program above all else is to glorify God through this game of football. I want each young man to understand that this life is about glorifying God and not our selves…that we were made by God and for God.” Coach Pearson continues by saying “Hopefully through God’s grace we could all come to recognize and appreciate all of God’s blessings, especially His greatest gift of all, our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Kevin and his wife Annalee have four children: sons Devin, Evan and daughters Annalea and Miracle. He and his family reside in West Covina. Coach Pearson can be contacted at coachpearson@phantomfootball.com.