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Coach David Pearson officially began his tenure with DMACC in July 2016. He comes to the Bears after spending the previous 9 years with Division I North Dakota State University, where he was most recently the associate head coach.
Success at North Dakota State University
Pearson helped guide the NDSU Bison to their first-ever Summit League tournament championship and a NCAA Division I tournament berth in the 2014 Regional, playing at #1-ranked Oregon State. As recruiting coordinator, Pearson led the effort in building three Summit League Conference runner ups and five league tournament berths in the last six seasons.
At NDSU, Pearson’s teams were known for being fundamentally sound and playing hardnosed baseball. While the 2014 Summit League Championship was the biggest win in school history, the Bison were very successful over the years against some of the top teams in the country, including an 8-2 victory over the eventual national champion, 5th ranked University of Arizona in2012. The victory in this monumental game was a springboard to the 40-victory season of 2012.
At NDSU, Pearson helped the Bison establish several offensive season records, including most hits, triples, sacrifice hits, and hit by pitches. He also led a resurgence in defensive play by developing teams that set school records in team fielding percentage, putouts, and assists.
Player Success Under Coach Pearson
National Capital One Academic All-American of the year, Tim Colwell, finished 15th in the country in hitting. Colwell was also named Summit League player of the year and 2nd team Senior CLASS Award winner.
Louisville Slugger 1st Team All-American and Ping! Baseball 2nd team All-American Justin Kline, who ranked 7th in the country in batting average at .432.
Overall, Pearson recruited and guided 28 All-Summit League performers over the last 9 seasons with the Bison.
Bison in the Pros
Twenty players have signed pro contracts under Pearson’s tenure, including 4 drafted players:
John Straka (AA Blue Jays) drafted in the 32nd round
Jay Flaa (Class A) drafted in the 6th round
Juan Gamez (Rookie Ball) drafted in the 31st round
David Ernst drafted in the 47th round
Past Coaching Experience
Prior to being hired as NDSU assistant coach in Summer 2007, Pearson served as the bullpen coach for the Kitsap BlueJackets of the West Coast Collegiate League, aiding them to a playoff appearance.
Pearson was an assistant coach for Mayville State in 2005 and 2007, helping the Comets to a conference tournament title team.
In 2004, Pearson served as assistant coach for North Dakota, helping navigate UND to a school record 37 victories and a regular season conference crown.
Pearson began his coaching career as an assistant on the 2003 state tournament team at May-Port-CG High School.
Academic Achievements at NDSU
NDSU has been a consistent winner in the classroom as well.
Bison baseball routinely posted an average 3.0 team GPA and had four players combine for eight CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America © awards
Tim Colwell, the 2014 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America © Athlete of the Year for Division I baseball and the Summit League Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
NDSU had three student-athletes earn prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
The 2014 and 2015 Bison baseball teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards.
The 2015 NDSU baseball team was awarded the Summit League Team Academic Award for its performance in the classroom.
Pearson’s Hall of Fame baseball career started as a two-time All-Mon-Dak shortstop in junior college at Minot State-Bottineau, where he was a member of the 2000 team that won the Mon-Dak championship. He went on to play two season at Mayville State University for ABCA HOF and past ABCA President, Coach Scott Berry. At MSU, David was a power hitting threat as a member of two Region 3 championship teams, one Plains Super Region championship team, and a player in the 2002 NAIA World Series.
David and his wife Keleigh are proud parents of Carter and Berkley.
The DMACC Bears Baseball Core Values:
Hard working servant leaders committed to team and community
Respecting and playing the game with integrity
Developing and promoting players to reach the highest level
Sustaining high academic achievement standards
Teaching life’s skill to leave a lasting legacy of being a winner on and off the field
Competing at the highest level of baseball in order to reach team goals
Jason Van Skike
Assistant Coach - Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
- 3 years Chicago White Sox
- 2 years Wichita Wingnuts
2011 - Threw the lO'h Indiana State no-hitter on March 5 at Central Arkansas, fanning five batters in ISU's .8-0 victory ... threw the first solo nine-inning no-hitter at ISU since 1949 and the first no-hitter since 1988 ... started a team-leading 16 games during the season, going 4-5 with a 4.25 ERA ... struck out 57 batters in 82.2 innings ... also threw a complete game against Evansville on May 8, scattering six singles and allowing just one run in ISU's series-clinching victory.
2010 - Started 12 games with two appearances out of the bullpen ... went 3-3 on the mound with a 4.70 ERA over 74.2 innings ... earned the first MVC Pitcher of the Week award of the 2010 season after allowing two hits and one unearned run while striking out seven over 5.1 innings in a victory against Texas Southern on February 20 ... also earned wins against Tennessee Martin on March 7 and Illinois State on March 27 ... struck out 58 batters during the season, including a season-high of eight against Creighton in the MVC Tournament on May 27.
Treasure Valley CC - Played two seasons at Treasure Valley Community College under head coach Rick Baumann ... totaled a 5-3 record on the mound while at TVCC.
High School - Lettered for one season at Gig Harbor High School under head coach Pete Jansen ... named the team's Cy Young award winner after his senior season ... held batters to a .211 batting average against during his final season.
Personal - Born on April 10, 1989, to Cathy and Ike Van Skike ... majoring in Communication ... has three uncles, Scott, Greg and Bob Peralta, that all played collegiate baseball.
Assistant Coach - Hitting Coach/Strength Coach
2014: Played in 56 games with 55 starts splitting between DH and first base ... Hit .306 on the year with 64 hits, eight doubles and two home runs while scoring 32 runs and driving in 43 which was most on the team and second in the LSC. .. Earned second team allconference, while recording a .994 fielding percentage with 456 putouts in 473 chances with just three errors ... Led the team with 28 walks and reached base at a .384 clip, while slugging at a .373 average ... Had 16 multi-hit games and tallied three or more hits six times ... Had four hits twice ... Recorded home runs against Wayland Baptist and Eastern New Mexico ... Tied the season-high with five RBI at Wayland Baptist...Had a season, LSC-record 24 putouts at Tarleton State with no errors in the game ... Tallied a team-high 12 multiple RBI games.
Yavapai College: Played two years at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., where he earned first team all-conference accolades and hit .360 with 18 doubles and five home runs ... He helped lead his team to a conference championship in 2012 ... Played both first base and pitched for the Rough riders.
Basha High School: Attended Basha High School in Chandler, Ariz., where he earned all-conference honors as a junior ... He Had a 7-2 record and a 1.5 ERA, while hitting .363 with 10 doubles, seven home runs as a junior ... Followed that up with a .373 average and a 9- 1 record on the mound as a senior to go along with nine doubles and five home runs.
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