March 3, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Greg Peterson, who spent the last 12 years on the Kansas State football staff and also coached at Idaho and Eastern Oregon, is returning to the Palouse as Washington State University's recruiting coordinator and tight end coach, according to Bill Doba, WSU's head coach. He replaces Robin Pflugrad.
The 1984 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan played a key role in the elevation of the Kansas State football program the past 12 seasons, serving as wide receiver coach along with responsibilities during his Wildcat career as passing coordinator, recruiting coordinator and co-offensive coordinator.
"Greg coached for two years with John L. Smith at Idaho and then with Bill Snyder at Kansas State," Doba said. "I know he will have a great work ethic coming from those two programs. Secondly, I think it is good for our staff to bring in someone from a different conference, a different area. In his 12 years at Kansas State he has helped build a program in a situation very similar to ours in Pullman. When he interviewed, he blew the socks of the entire staff. He was very thorough, very well prepared and we are fortunate to have him on our staff."
Peterson joined the Wildcat staff in 1994 as a graduate assistant. A year later he became Kansas State's wide receiver coach for two seasons, then coached wide receivers and was the passing coordinator for six years, 1997-2002. In 1999 he took on recruiting coordinator duties and in 2003 he was named co-offensive coordinator and continued to coach wide receivers.
The newest Cougar assistant spent the 1992 and 1993 seasons with the Idaho Vandals as a member of Smith's staff. Idaho was 20-6 during his stint on the Palouse, winning one Big Sky title (1992) and finishing second once.
"I'm excited to come back to the Palouse and Washington State and be part of Cougar football," Peterson offered. "Coach Doba is a tremendous man and a tremendous coach and I'm honored to have a chance to be on his staff and get back in the Pac-10 championship level."
Peterson said he was very familiar with several WSU coaches. "When I was at Idaho the staffs were pretty close and well acquainted with each other. Levy (Mike Levenseller, WSU's offensive coordinator) and I have been friends for a long time. I've known about coach Yarno (offensive line coach George Yarno) through my years at Idaho and I've known Leon (linebacker coach Leon Burtnett) and Akey (defensive coordinator Robb Akey) for 10 or 15 years. It is really like coming home again."
Peterson earned his undergraduate degree in business and physical education from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1984, then was awarded his Master's degree in education in 1991 while on the staff at Eastern Oregon. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1984, spent one year as a high school assistant coach at York (Neb.) High, then returned to Nebraska Wesleyan for the 1986 season.
From his alma mater Peterson went to Eastern Oregon as the wide receiver coach in 1987 and 1988. The next three seasons he served as EOU's offensive coordinator before joining Smith's staff at Idaho.
During his KSU career, he coached in 10 bowl games and recruited in Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado and Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas.
In 2003 with Peterson helping coordinate the Wildcat offense, Kansas State ranked ninth nationally in rushing offense and scoring offense and 17th in total offense. While at the Manhattan, Kansas school Peterson tutored the only four KSU receivers who have gone over 1,000 yards receiving. He has coached 12 receivers who have gone on to play professional football and recruited 15 players who played in the pros.
The Peterson family includes wife Leanna, son Taylor and daughter Rachel.