Alvin Pierson
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Alvin Pierson
Alvin Pierson
Biographical details
Born1898
Carthage, South Dakota
Died1974
Playing career
1919-1920California
1920-1921Nevada
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
Overall7-14-2

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]

College

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

Florida

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]

Tampa

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

References

  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 Newspapers.com 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 Newspapers.com.open access
  3. ^ https://archive.org/stream/artemisiayearboo1922univ#page/158/mode/2up/search/pierson
  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 Newspapers.com.open access

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