On Tuesday, April 18, head coach Brooks Savage named Rob Peterson as ETSU’s Director of Basketball Operations.
Peterson, who played collegiately under Tubby Smith at High Point, spent the 2022-23 season as an assistant coach at Coker University in South Carolina. In his one season at Coker, Peterson helped Jordan Jones and Mo Bangura to conference accolades. Jones – who earned all-conference honors – averaged 15.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Bangura – who Peterson helped recruit and develop – landed a spot on the all-freshman team as he posted 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting over 65 percent from the field in his rookie season. The Cobras made the South Atlantic Conference tournament for the first time in five years as Coker increased its win total from five to 12 in Peterson’s one season on the bench.
At High Point, Peterson was a four-year player for the Panthers where he totaled 267 points, 158 rebounds, 90 assists and 33 steals in 95 career games (25 starts). Peterson averaged 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, playing in 31 of the 32 games in 2019-20.
Peterson served as a team captain at High Point and was a member of the High Point Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The Charlotte native was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, a three-time Big South Conference Honor Roll selection and a four-time High Point University Millis Scholar.
Peterson graduated from High Point with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management. He is married to Mallory Jenkins and the couple have a two-year-old daughter named Stella. Peterson is the son of Buzz Peterson, who coached at ETSU in 1989-90, and is currently the Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations & Assistant General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets.