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Andy Peterson returns to the Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball staff as assistant coach for a second season after spending the 2009-10 season as the assistant coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa
With the Bearcats Peterson is primarily in charge of defensive schemes and coaching as well as recruiting and guard play. Under Peterson, the Bearcats have claimed one MIAA regular season title and guard DeShaun Cooper was named First-Team All-MIAA.
Before his stint at SWCC, Peterson played for the Bearcats from 2003-2008. Peterson helped the Bearcats claim the MIAA tournament title in 2008 as he was named All-MIAA Honorable Mention as well as Academic All-MIAA. The Bearcats also won the MIAA regular season championships during the 2006-07 season as he led the team in minutes played.
In all, the Bearcats made four trips to the NCAA tournament including a Sweet Sixteen appearance as a sophomore and the second Elite Eight in school history as a red-shirt freshman. Peterson finished his career with the third highest three-point percentage and is sixth all-time in steals.
Peterson bridged the gap between head coaches, serving as a graduate assistant for the Bearcats and former-head coach Steve Tappmeyer in 2008-2009 and now present Bearcat head coach Ben McCollum in 2009-2010 before going to SWCC for the 2010-2011 season.
A native of Trenton, Mo., he earned two bachelor’s degrees in 2007 and a master’s Degree in Agriculture in 2008. He received a second master’s degree in Physical Education from Northwest in 2010. He married former Bearcat track and field athlete Emily (Churchman), who now serves as the Bearcat Cross Country/Track and Field assistant coach as the couple reside in Maryville.