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Bill Peterson

Bill  Peterson

Director of Basketball Operations


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Bill Peterson joined the Baylor men’s basketball staff as director of basketball operations on June 13, 2017, bringing more than a decade of NBA experience to the program.

Peterson came to Baylor following three years as head coach of the NBA G-League’s Erie BayHawks, an Orlando Magic affiliate. Prior to joining the BayHawks, he spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks from 2007-13.

Peterson was an assistant coach for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks for six seasons from 2007-13, and he was a player development coach and scout for the Dallas Mavericks from 1999-2000. While with the Mavs, Peterson worked to develop Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Greg Buckner and Michael Finley. He also served as a special assistant with the Golden State Warriors.

In addition to his NBA background, Peterson has 16 years of experience as a collegiate assistant coach and seven more years as a collegiate head coach. He spent seven seasons as associate head coach at Colorado State University (2007-13), seven years as assistant head coach at McNeese State (1987-94) and two years as assistant head coach at Bossier Parish (La.) Community College (1997-99).

Peterson gained experience as a head coach for three seasons at University of Alabama-Huntsville (1994-97) and four seasons at Union (Ky.) College (1983-87).

Peterson’s coaching career began as a student assistant at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Junior College in 1978-79, and he served as graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech (1980-83), where he coached Hall of Famer Karl Malone.

A 1979 graduate of Eckerd (Fla.) College, Peterson also has a master’s degree in physical education and human relations from Louisiana Tech. He and his wife Diane, are the parents of three daughters -- Kati, Ginny and Hailey, who was called to be with the Lord in the summer of 2000.

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