Two transfers plus an incoming freshman will join the TCU beach volleyball roster in the fall.
The Horned Frogs went 2-1 on day one of Battle on the Bayou capped off with a 3-2 victory over No. 10 LSU.
TCU ended the Cowtown Classic with a loss to the top ranked team.
The Horned Frogs defeated ULM and New Mexico on the opening day of the Cowtown Classic.
TCU finishes out Fiesta on Siesta with a 4-1 victory over UNC-Wilmington.
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TCU vs #2 Pepperdine: 3/11/15
Coach Peterson can be reached via email at email@example.com or in his office at (817) 257-5324.
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer announced on Monday, January 26 that she has tabbed Erik Peterson to be the inaugural head coach for the TCU sand volleyball program.
Peterson has been heavily involved with USA Sand Volleyball since 2007, including his roles as a head camp coach at the A3 Development camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center and a head coach for the Boys USA A2 U19 squad. Peterson also served as the head coach of the UCF sand volleyball program from 2009-12 and was the beach volleyball director at the Orlando Volleyball Academy from 2007-09.
"From the moment I began looking at the Director of Volleyball position at TCU, I knew Erik was the right fit to become the first sand volleyball coach in the history of our program," Kramer said. "Erik is a well-trusted colleague and friend. He is very well versed in sand volleyball as a coach and player, with strong ties in Hawaii, Florida and California, as well as being very familiar with recruiting in the North Texas region and the Big 12 Conference.
"His involvement with USA Volleyball will also pay off in the future as he looks to bring the country's most elite players to join the Horned Frog family. Erik is a relentless recruiter with a great work ethic, which is such an important part of building a program from ground up. I'm excited about the dynamic relationship TCU's indoor and sand volleyball programs will share as both of them grow."
As a head camp coach for USA Volleyball Beach High Performance in 2014, Peterson designed a camp plan for 28 athletes and directed training and classroom sessions. Peterson has been a try-out coach and lead evaluator at USA Volleyball Beach High Performance events since 2007, while also serving as a tournament coach for the USAV High Performance Championships at Hermosa Beach in 2013.
"First off I would like to thank Jill Kramer, Chris Del Conte and Chancellor Boschini for allowing me the opportunity to join the TCU athletics family," Peterson said. "To be able to step in on the ground floor of TCU's sand volleyball program is truly a blessing and I am excited to get the team out on the sand to start training.
"Sand volleyball is more popular now than it has ever been and the timing of starting this program couldn't be better. Right now, the Metroplex is exploding with talent with the NCAA announcing that sand volleyball will be a championship sport starting in the 2016 season, I couldn't think of a better place to be able to recruit from."
Peterson comes to TCU after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach for indoor volleyball at Oklahoma. In his three seasons in Norman, Peterson helped guide the Sooners to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances with 20-plus win seasons each campaign, while also helping mentor four student-athletes to All-America honors.
Before his time in Norman, Peterson was previously an assistant coach at the UCF from 2009-12 and was responsible for opponent scouting and training outside hitters and defensive specialists. He also oversaw the UCF sand volleyball program, UCF's summer camps, was a secondary recruiter and student-athlete mentor.
As the head coach for sand volleyball at UCF, Peterson led the Knights to back-to-back first place finishes at the 2010 and 2011 Fiesta on Siesta Collegiate Coaches Cup.
In 2011, Peterson helped UCF to its best record since 2003 with a 20-11 overall mark. The Knights also won the most league matches (12) since joining Conference USA in 2005.
In his three seasons at UCF, Peterson trained outside hitter Angelica Crump who earned AVCA All-America honors in 2011. Crump also became the first UCF volleyball player to earn All-Conference USA first team honors. At least one outside hitter earned 2nd-team honors in each of his three seasons.
"I would like to thank Santiago Restrepo at the University of Oklahoma and Todd Dagenais at the University of Central Florida for pushing me day in and day out to become a better coach," Peterson said. "The lessons and experiences they have afforded me have truly put me in the position I am in today on the court as well as behind the scenes."
Prior to UCF, Peterson spent four seasons as the assistant coach at the USF. He helped guide the Bulls from a 4-22 record in his first season with the team to a 19-10 record in three years. Peterson's primary duties at USF were developing the skills of both the outside hitters and defensive specialists and serving as the secondary recruiter and director of volleyball operations in his final year.
Peterson was hired at USF after having worked with the USA Women's National Team as it prepared for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. As an assistant with the national team, he assisted the head coach in all facets of practice progression; on court training all while teaching classes within the USOC coaching sciences department.
Peterson began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Florida in 2003. That season, he helped lead the Gators to an NCAA runner-up finish and a 36-2 record. Peterson's primary duties while at Florida were assisting with on-court training and individual sessions, scouting of opponent's offensive tendencies and charting video for the All-America selection committee.
Peterson assisted in the training of the top-50 players in the youth national team age group under the guidance of Chuck Erbe, trained the outside hitters and coached the Youth National Team USA Gold to a fifth-place finish at the Junior National Tournament international division at the USA High Performance Championships.
Peterson has also served as a head coach at both the St. Leo and George Mason Universities Developmental Camps and has assisted at the M2 Volleyball Camps in Clinics in Florida and Hawaii that are owned and operated by three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.
Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1999 from Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y. He was a member of the men's intercollegiate volleyball team from 1994-98, serving as captain his final two seasons. He was honored as the 1995 Concordia College Freshman Athlete of the Year and was named to numerous all-tournament teams. During his senior campaign he set a NCAA record for career digs with 1,103.
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