Bears add Peterson and Beard to staff, promote Nuness and Malhotra
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.