By Scott Kindberg
Florida Gulf Coast's unbelievable run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament is a special one for an area native.
Frewsburg native Patrick Pierson is the assistant athletic director for communications at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Eagles became the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16 when they defeated San Diego State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
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Frewsburg native Patrick Pierson is the assistant athletic director for communications at the upstart school, which became the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16 by virtue of its 81-71 victory Sunday night over San Diego State.
The Eagles (26-10), who stunned No. 2 Georgetown in the second round, will now face No. 3 Florida on Friday in the semifinals of the South Regional in Dallas.
To say that Pierson will be rather busy this week would be a huge understatement.
Then again, judging from his biography in the FGCU on-line media guide that is nothing new.
In his two years in Southwestern Florida, the website notes, Pierson and his staff have covered seven different Atlantic-Sun regular-season titles, three A-Sun Tournament championships, a pair of CCSA titles, two perfect conference regular seasons (women's soccer and women's basketball) and left-handed pitcher Chris Sale - the 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, 2010 first-round draft pick and 2012 American League all-star.
See FREWSURG, Page B2
Aside from his day-to-day SID responsibilities, Pierson, according to the website, serves as the sports administrator for the three-time A-Sun champion FGCU baseball team and three-time defending A-Sun champion men's soccer program. He also oversees the Eagles' radio and TV negotiations.
Pierson came to FGCU after six years at St. Bonaventure University, including the last three as the school's SID. During his time with the Bonnies, Pierson had many roles in the department's media and public relations efforts, including responsibility for the school's website.
The Frewsburg Central School alumnus graduated from Robert Morris University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sports management.