Weber State Athletics

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University hired Dr. Tom Peterson as the Wildcats' head women’s volleyball coach on Friday.

“I want to thank (Weber State athletics director) Jerry Bovee for the hospitality extended to me as I interviewed for this position,” Peterson said. “He and his hiring committee were great to work with and I look forward to interacting closely with them in the future. I can tell that they desire to provide the best experience possible for the student-athletes here at Weber State University.

“I am greatly impressed with the quality people here at WSU. I am excited to be part of the Weber State family and community.”

The Wildcats had a strong group of potential candidates from across the country, which the search committee spent several weeks evaluating before making an offer to Peterson.

“We are very excited to welcome Tom Peterson to the Weber State University family,” Bovee said. “Tom brings a wealth of volleyball coaching experience spanning more than 30 years at the collegiate level to our program. He has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success throughout his career and will make an excellent addition to our athletics department.”

Peterson, who has more than three decades of collegiate coaching experience in both men’s and women’s volleyball, won two NCAA Division I national championships as the head men’s volleyball coach at Penn State (1994) and Brigham Young (2004), and coached in seven NCAA men’s championship games. His career also includes stops at Utah, Utah State and New Mexico.

“I’ve spent many years coaching and promoting volleyball in the state of Utah,” Peterson said. “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to continue doing what I love in my home state, near family and friends.”

Peterson comes to Weber State after serving as associate head coach for the women’s team at Utah State for the past two seasons. He served for one season as an assistant coach before being promoted in 2009.

Peterson also coaches the men’s club volleyball team at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Peterson’s collegiate coaching career started in 1980 as an assistant for the women’s volleyball team at Utah, before moving on to BYU as an assistant for the women’s team. After serving for five seasons as the head men’s club coach for the Cougars, Peterson was hired by Penn State, where he coached the Nittany Lions to five championship game berths in six seasons, including the 1994 NCAA title.

Peterson returned to BYU following his tenure at Penn State as an assistant coach to the Cougars men’s team for two seasons, before helping Salt Lake Community College launch its women’s volleyball team in 1996. Peterson spent three seasons with the Bruins, before taking over Utah State’s women’s team in 1999, where he helped the Aggies reach the top 25 in 2000.

Peterson left USU in 2001 to coach New Mexico, before being offered the BYU men’s job in 2002. He coached the Cougars for four seasons, advancing to the 2003 and 2004 NCAA title game, claiming the 2004 national championship.

“I am anxious to get my staff in place and begin spring training as well as preparing for the 2011 fall season and beyond,” Peterson said. “The team has a great deal of potential, so we have much good work ahead of us and a lot to look forward to.”

Peterson takes over a Weber State program that finished 4-27 overall (2-14 Big Sky), but graduates just one senior – setter Kim Lissinna – and returns 10 letterwinners and five starters. In all, the Wildcats are set to return 97 percent of their 2010 point production in the fall.

Peterson becomes the ninth head coach for Weber State’s women’s volleyball team, which began play in 1974.