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Hagerstown native Pearman inducted into New England hoops hall

July 08, 2013

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Hagerstown native Belinda “Boe” Pearman was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

Pearman, a 1980 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, is in her eighth year as associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Southern Connecticut State University.

She has spent more than 20 years in collegiate athletics as a student-athlete, coach and administrator, in addition to experience in professional sports and the private sector. She was inducted into the hall in the contributor category.

Pearman spent five years as head women’s basketball coach at the University of Rhode Island. She guided the Rams to the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship game for only the second time in the history of the program, led her teams to three consecutive winning seasons for only the second time in school history and graduated all players who completed their eligibility.

Pearman also had a 16-year association with the University of Maryland as both a student-athlete and assistant coach, during which the Terrapins won six ACC championships and appeared in 12 NCAA tournaments — advancing to the Elite Eight three times and the Final Four twice.

She is one of just 29 players to score more than 1,000 points at Maryland. She scored 1,284 points for the Terrapins from 1981 to 1984, ranking 24th on the school’s all-time scoring list — although she ranked sixth when she finished her playing career. She was named to the ACC’s all-tournament team in 1982.

Between her stints at Maryland and Rhode Island, Pearman spent two seasons as associate head coach with the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League.

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