Alvin Pierson
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Alvin Pierson
Alvin Pierson
Biographical details
Carthage, South Dakota
Playing career
Position(s)Tackle, guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1925-1926Colorado Mines (assistant)
1927-1932Florida (assistant)
1933-1940Tampa (assistant)
1941-1944Fresno State (assistant)
1945Fresno State
1949Fresno State
Head coaching record

Alvin Peter "Pix" Pierson (1898 - 1974) was an American college football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Fresno State College--now known as California State University, Fresno--in 1945 and again in 1949, compiling a record of 7-14-2.

Early life

Pierson was born in 1898 in Carthage, South Dakota. He family moved to Sacramento, California in 1901 and later Modesto and Turlock. Pierson graduated from Turlock High School.[1]


Pierson played tackle on the freshman squad for Pomona College in 1917. He suffered a severe concussion during a game against Pomona High School on October 13, 1917. Pierson played for coach Andy Smith's California Golden Bears football "wonder teams" of the early 1920s.[2] He then played for the Nevada Wolfpack.[3]

Coaching career


Pierson was an assistant for coaches Tom Sebring and Charlie Bachman for the Florida Gators of the University of Florida, part of the staff on its 1928 team.[2]


Pierson assisted fellow former Florida assistant Nash Higgins when he became head coach of the Tampa Spartans.[4]

Fresno State

Pierson was hired as head coach of Fresno State.[5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1945)
1945 Fresno State 4-6-2 0-1 2nd
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1949)
1949 Fresno State 3-8 1-3 T-3rd
Fresno State: 7-14-2 1-4
Total: 7-14-2


  1. ^ Orman, Ed (September 16, 1945). "Pix Pierson, Line Coach On FSC's Finest Teams, Is Back In Leading Role". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. p. 16. Retrieved 2017 – via open access.
  2. ^ a b "Florida's Team of Stars Shines In South Field". Dixon Evening Telegraph. November 23, 1928. p. 9. Retrieved 2015 – via access
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  4. ^ "'Wrong Down' Highlight of Tie at Tampa". The Evening Independent. November 4, 1939.
  5. ^ "Fresno Bulldogs Name New Mentor". Tucson Daily Citizen. January 5, 1949. p. 11. Retrieved 2015 – via access

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