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Delaware County Christian School looked across the country to find its next head football coach.
Last month, Jim Favino informed Delco Christian athletic director Don Davis that he would not return for the 2013 season. Favino was the school’s first football coach.
New coach Drew Pearson comes from Valley Vista High School in Surprise, Ariz., where he was an assistant from 2009-2012 . The hire was made official this week.
Pearson helped guide Valley Vista to back-to-back playoff appearances and a school-record eight victories in 2012.
As co-defensive coordinator, he oversaw a defense that set a slew of team records in 2012, including forced turnovers (27), sacks (41), tackles for a loss (94), points per game and yards per game.
Pearson is a product of Wheaton North High School (Ill.), where he was a three-sport athlete. He played football at Wheaton College, earning All-America honors as a defensive end.
”What I was most excited about was getting to know the people at Delaware County Christian School,” Pearson said in a phone interview with the Daily Times. “I have a great respect for the school and the community in regards to the way they educate young men, the philosophy they instill and their dedication to pursue a relationship with God. Their pursuit to be excellent in academics and athletics is what really convinced me that this is an amazing place with an amazing community.”
Pearson’s goal is to “impact young men’s lives in the classroom and on the football field,” he said.
“What we want to do,” he said, “is be a first-class organization, willing to do anything to make the program successful.’
Pearson plans to move to his new home in Newtown Square by the end of July. He will teach a Bible class at the school.
“We’ll reinforce the three E’s: effort, enthusiasm and execution. Fundamentals are priority,” he said. “I want players who want to be motivated and I want a tough football team.”
Asked to describe his coaching philosophy, Pearson added: “Offensively, we want to be balanced. That doesn’t necessarily mean running and passing the ball 50 percent of the time, but we want to have a nice balance. We want high-energy guys (and) defensively, we’re going to want to attack.”
Pearson takes over for Favino, who was instrumental in getting the Knights their varsity credentials for the 2010 season. After a one-win inaugural season, the Knights went 7-2 overall the next, advancing to the semifinal round of the District One Class A playoffs.
Favino was 13-13 in three seasons at the helm. He will remain at the school as a teacher.
“It was time,” Favino said of his decision to resign. “I have five children, and I was spreading myself thin. I went in and spoke with Don and explained to him that I wouldn’t be coming back. So, we started the process of going out and looking (for a replacement). I’ll still be a big supporter of the program.”
Pearson has tremendous respect for the progress that has been made under Favino’s watch.
“The kids loved Jim and the school loves the program,” he said. “My goal is to continue building off of what Jim did there. We’re going to come in and instill the same values … be a part of a very positive environment and set high expectations.”