"They gave me a call out of the blue and said they wanted to interview me. I went down there, had a good time and liked everything I saw," Pehrson said.
Pehrson, who worked as a graduate assistant at Lamar and Georgia Tech before being hired full-time at Navy, admitted it was hard to leave his hometown and family. He is the son of Navy defensive coordinator Dale Pehrson and was raised in Annapolis.
"It was a very difficult decision, not just because of family. Also all the kids I've helped recruit and the players on the team I've gotten to know over the years. This is family that I'm leaving so it was tough," Pehrson said. "One thing that made it easier was my wife is from Houston. I felt this was a good move for my family, not just professionally. It had to be something I thought was special in order for me to leave here."