Following his stint with Alabama, Pearman joined Frank Beamer's staff at Virginia Tech where he spent eight years helping the Hokies to a 78-23 ledger, two conference championships (1999 Big East & 2004 ACC) and eight bowl game berths. Pearman coached the tight ends and offensive tackles in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech won 10 or more games in five seasons. He mentored Jeff King, an All-ACC tight end who was a fifth round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2006 NFL Draft, as well as Bob Slowikowski, a tight end selected in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002.
Pearman was a member of the staff at North Carolina in 2006, where he coached the defensive ends.
In all, Pearman has coached in 10 bowl game wins — 1989 Gator, 1991 Blockbuster, 1993 Sugar, 1993 Gator, 1995 Citrus, 1996 Outback, 1998 Music City, 2001 Gator and 2003 San Francisco.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Pearman earned three varsity letters as a tight end at Clemson, playing under head coach Danny Ford and helping the Tigers win two ACC championships in 1986 and 1987. After graduating in 1987 with a degree in finance, he was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 1988 and 1989 as the Tigers won the league title in 1988 and played in the Citrus and Gator Bowls.
Pearman is married to the former Kristy Sewell of Birmingham, Ala., and the couple has three children, Taylor Brooke, Tanner Ryan and Trent Joseph.