Dr. Tom Peterson was named as the university's first head men's volleyball coach.
Coach Peterson is one of the most decorated and well-credentialed volleyball coaches in the country, with numerous visits to the NCAA tournament, including seven men's championship appearances and two national titles as a head coach.
With more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, Peterson has coached at several prominent programs, including Brigham Young University, Penn State University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, the University of New Mexico, Utah Valley University, Weber State University and Salt Lake Community College. In 2004, Peterson led BYU's men's volleyball team to a national title and was named Volleyball Magazine's "Coach of the Year" — ten years after guiding Penn State to a national title in 1994.
In addition to his coaching achievements, Peterson holds a bachelor's degree in physical education, a master's degree in professional leadership and a doctorate of education in physical education administration — all from BYU. Peterson's dissertation focused on the methodology of U.S. national volleyball coaches.