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Buzz Peterson
  Buzz Peterson



Robert "Buzz" Peterson became The University of Tulsa's 27th head basketball coach on June 20, 2000 following a four-year stint as head coach at Appalachian State University.

He led Tulsa to a 26-11 record and the school's second NIT Championship during the 2000-01 season.

Peterson brought 13 years of Division I coaching experience to the Tulsa basketball program. Prior to coming to Tulsa, he was a part of five teams that advanced to postseason competition, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Peterson played on four NCAA Tournament teams at North Carolina.

In four years at Appalachian State, Peterson compiled a 79-39 overall record and 47-14 Southern Conference regular season mark. His teams won or shared the Southern Conference North Division championship in each of the last three seasons, and posted 20 or more wins in those final three campaigns. Peterson was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year Award in both 1998 and 2000.

This past season, Appalachian State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under Peterson by winning the 2000 Southern Conference Tournament. The Mountaineers played in the last three SoCon tournament title games.

In his first season at Appalachian State, Peterson led the 1996-97 team to a 14-14 record, improving eight wins from the season before. His 14 victories were the most by a first-year Appalachian cage coach since 1943. Peterson's club won five of its last seven contests, advancing to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament.

Peterson took over the Mountaineer basketball program nine years after beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Appalachian State. In his two seasons as an assistant coach, the Mountaineers posted a 36-21 overall record, including a 20-8 mark in 1988-89.

Peterson then joined the staff at East Tennessee State under Les Robinson, as the Bucs compiled a 27-7 slate in 1989-90, capturing both the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and earning a berth in the NCAA tourney. Peterson then moved with Robinson to North Carolina State and spent three years as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack. N.C. State recorded a 20-11 mark in his first season and advanced to the 1991 NCAA tournament.

In 1993, Peterson assumed the position of associate head coach at Vanderbilt, spending three seasons with the Commodores. In his three years in Nashville, Vanderbilt compiled a 51-41 record, and participated in two NITs. The 1993-94 Commodore squad went 20-12 and advanced to the championship game of the NIT, losing 80-73 to Villanova.

A native of Asheville, N.C., Peterson earned four letters in basketball at North Carolina, serving as team captain in his senior season. A member of the Tar Heels' NCAA Championship squad in 1982, Peterson was voted Outstanding Senior by his teammates following the 1984-85 season. In his four seasons, the Tar Heels compiled a 115-22 record, capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season crown four times, and one ACC Tournament title.

Peterson was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in 1985. He played professional basketball in Belgium and also played for a brief time in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). After leaving pro basketball, Peterson spent one year as a scout for Bob Gibbon's All-Star Sports recruiting service, before beginning his coaching career under Tom Apke at Appalachian State.

A 1986 North Carolina graduate, Peterson holds his bachelor's degree in geography. He and his wife, Jan, have two daughters, Nicole and Olivia, and a son, Rob.

Peterson's Year-By-Year Coaching Record

Year School W L Pct. Postseason Head Coach
87-88 Appalachian State 16 13 0.522 ? Tom Apke
88-89 Appalachian State 20 8 0.714 ? Tom Apke
89-90 East Tennesse State 27 7 0.794 NCAA Les Robinson
90-91 North Carolina State 20 11 0.645 NCAA Les Robinson
91-92 North Carolina State 12 18 0.400 ? Les Robinson
92-93 North Carolina State 8 19 0.296 ? Les Robinson
93-94 Vanderbilt 20 12 0.625 NIT Jan van Breda Kolff
94-95 Vanderbilt 13 15 0.464 ? Jan van Breda Kolff
95-96 Vanderbilt 18 14 0.563 NIT Jan van Breda Kolff
? Assistant Coach Totals 154 117 0.568 ? ?
96-97 Appalachian State 14 14 0.500 ? ?
97-98 Appalachian State 21 8 0.724 ? ?
98-99 Appalachian State 21 8 0.724 ? ?
99-00 Appalachian State 23 9 0.742 NCAA ?
00-01 Tulsa 26 11 0.703 NIT ?
? Head Coaching Totals 105 50 0.677 ? ?

The Robert "Buzz" Peterson Capsule

Personal
Full Name: Robert Bower Peterson, Jr.
Birthdate: May 17, 1963
Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
Family: wife Jan; two daughters Nicole and Olivia; and one son Rob

Education
High School: Asheville (N.C.) High School, 1981
College: North Carolina (bachelor's degree in geography, 1986)

Playing Experience
High School: Had a stellar basketball career at Asheville High School, being named to the Parade and McDonald's All-America teams as a senior . . . selected to the to the McDonald's "Dream Team" . . . was chosen North Carolina Player-of-the-Year and Athlete-of-the-Year (with Michael Jordan finishing as runner-up for both awards) . . . also garnered Western North Carolina and Western 4A Player-of-the-Year honors following his senior campaign . . . played in the McDonald's Capital Classic, the McDonald's All-American East-West Game, and in the All- American Cage Classic . . . was a member of National Sports Festival teams in both high school and college . . . was on the silver medal winning South team in the 1981 festival, and the gold medal winning South team in 1982 as a collegian . . . was also honored as one of the nation's top student-athletes with the Golden Achievement Award in 1981.

College: Earned four letters in basketball at North Carolina, serving as team captain in his senior season . . . was a member of the Tar Heels' NCAA Championship squad in 1982 . . . was voted Outstanding Senior by his teammates following the 1984-85 season . . . in his four seasons, the Tar Heels compiled a 115-22 record, capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season crown four times, and one ACC Tournament title . . . was a 74-percent free throw shooter for his career . . . was a part-time starter as both a sophomore and a senior, mainly operating at the big guard spot, but also seeing action at point guard . . . saw action in 119 career games for the Tar Heels.

Professional: Peterson was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in 1985 . . . played professional basketball in Belgium and also played for a brief time in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).