Heidi has an impressive background as both a player and coach in athletics. She is a native of nearby Chestertown, Maryland and is a Class of 2000 graduate from St. Andrew’s School. She spent the last eight years working with the Washington College women’s lacrosse program serving in the role of senior assistant coach, Defensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator, and head coach from 2013-2018. She was twice named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year and led her team to national rankings.
In her days as a student at St. Andrew's, a boarding school, Pearce was a two-time Delaware State Lacrosse Player of the Year and high school All-American. She led her team to two state championships, earning First Team All-Conference and All-State honors. She also garnered several individual awards including the Coach's Award and Most Dynamic Player and Most Valuable Player honors in lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball.
After St. Andrew’s, Heidi attended Johns Hopkins University. There she was an outstanding midfielder while playing for Division I Johns Hopkins University, Pearce was a 2004 First Team All-American, a three-time All-Conference selection, and a two-time team captain. She was also twice named the Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week and garnered both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors on her team. As a senior, she helped lead the team to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and was awarded the Cathy P. Cramer Award, given for the most outstanding achievement in women's athletics at Johns Hopkins. Pearce was also nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the top women's lacrosse player in the nation. She was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame in 2016.
Upon graduating with a B.A. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins in 2004, Pearce returned St. Andrew's School as the assistant women's athletic director. She went on to become the head women's athletic director, head girls’ lacrosse coach, and head field hockey coach at the school, serving in those positions from 2005 until 2008. She coached the lacrosse team to four consecutive state championship games and was recognized with the Achievement Award for outstanding service to St. Andrew's School. In 2018 she was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.