Position: Director of Football Scouting
Danny Pearman is in his 17th season as a full-time member of Clemson’s staff and in his third year as Director of Football Scouting in 2023.
Before transitioning into his current role in 2021, Pearman spent 12 seasons as Clemson’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach from 2009-20 after joining the program in December 2008 in advance of the team’s Gator Bowl appearance. In that span, he helped evaluate, recruit and develop several NFL players in his dual role, including 2011 Mackey Award winner Dwayne Allen, two-time Mackey Award finalist Jordan Leggett and Super Bowl champion Bradley Pinion, among others. He also had purview of the team’s offensive tackles from 2009-10, helping launch tackle Chris Hairston to a seven-year NFL career.
Prior to transitioning to scouting, Pearman’s teams played 29 bowl games in his 29 seasons as a full-time assistant coach, a figure that extends to 32 bowl games in 32 seasons upon inclusion of his three years as a graduate assistant. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Clemson across the 1988-89 seasons, before joining Alabama as a graduate assistant for the 1990 season.
Pearman coached Alabama’s offensive tackles and special teams from 1991-97, helping the Tide to the 1992 national championship. On that squad was wide receiver Dabo Swinney, with whom Pearman would then coach at Alabama from 1993-97. Pearman would go on to coach at Virginia Tech (1998-2005), North Carolina (2006), Duke (2007) and Maryland (2008) before returning to Clemson.
A 1987 Clemson graduate, Pearman played tight end on Clemson’s 1986 and 1987 ACC title teams. He is married to his wife, Kristy, and has two sons, Tanner and Trent, and a daughter, Taylor. Trent is a quarterback on Clemson’s 2022 team.
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