Sand Volleyball Announces Inaugural Head Coach
Jan. 26, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer announced on Monday that she has tabbed Erik Peterson to be the inaugural head coach for the TCU sand volleyball program.
"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."
Peterson comes to TCU after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach 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.
"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. Add to the accomplishment the indoor team had this fall I feel like they are ready to step up to the challenges of the sand game and truly excel."
Before his time in Norman, Peterson was previously an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida from 2009-11 and was responsible for opponent scouting and training outside hitters and defensive specialists. He also oversaw UCF's summer camps and was a secondary recruiter and student-athlete mentor.
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. He also trained one of UCF's outside hitters a second team All-Conference USA selection 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 University of South Florida. 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 classes with 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 remains a lead tryout coach for USA Volleyball High Performance.
At the club level, Peterson coached with the Orlando Volleyball Academy and during his tenure with the OVA, he led his 14s and 15s teams to back-to-back AAU national championships and a pair of top-five open finishes at the USAV Junior National Championships.
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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