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Belinda ‘Boe’ Pearman leaves URI women’s basketball program

Media Contact: Wendy Roworth, 401-874-2773

KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 14, 2004 -- Belinda “Boe” Pearman, the University of Rhode Island head women's basketball coach, announced that she has requested to be released from her coaching duties to pursue other career opportunities. The University has complied with her request.

Pearman, an All Atlantic Coast Conference player at the University of Maryland, was hired by URI from the ranks of professional women's basketball in 1999. She inherited a URI program coming off a 2-25 record and rebuilt it into a contender for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. Off the court, the student-athletes performed well in the classroom.

"URI has been a very positive experience for me professionally and personally, and I will miss the loyal alumni and fans and wish the program continued success. I am proud and thankful that both URI's women's basketball and I have returned to health,” Pearman said.

URI Senior Associate Director of Athletics Lauren Anderson said that Coach Pearman was passionate about the program and its success. “We appreciate all her efforts on behalf of the women’s basketball program and URI. As coach Pearman moves on to another chapter in her career, we wish her well in all her endeavors,” Anderson said.

Her release was effective Saturday, July 10.

URI will immediately initiate a national search to seek a successor to Pearman.


For Further Information: Robert H. Lattinville, Esq., Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, St. Louis, MO 63102, 314-259-4535