Larry Peterson has been selected to run the IUP women's tennis program
Sept. 3, 2008
The IUP athletic department has added Larry Peterson as the new head coach of the women's tennis program.
Peterson comes to IUP from Bucknell, where he was an assistant coach for the Bison men's and women's tennis teams since August 2006. While at Bucknell, he was responsible for recruiting, planning and running practices and conditioning and providing on-court coaching.
At Bucknell, Peterson coached nine All-Patriot League selections, the 2007 men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2007 women's Rookie of the Year as well as a total of 22 players who were named to the conference's academic honor roll.
Prior to his stint at Bucknell, Peterson was an assistant coach at State College High School. In three years, the boy's team had a record of 58-4 and made two trips to the final four of the PIAA state championship tournament.
He currently serves as the director of tennis for Penn State Summer Study and is the head tennis professional at the Toftrees Resort in State College. Peterson is a USPTA certified tennis professional.
Peterson is a competitive tennis player and holds a singles record of 52-18 with 10 tournament titles since 2003. In 2006, he won the title at the Mid-Atlantic sectional championships, earning qualification to nationals. He also won the Virginia State and Washington, D.C., NTRP championships during 2006.
Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in economics from DePauw University in 1990 and a master's degree in the same field from Texas A&M in 1991. He completed coursework in a master's in photo-communications at Ohio University in 2000.
In addition to his tennis coaching and playing experience, Peterson has been a staff photographer at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wyoming and taught English and economics in the Czech Republic. He is also an accomplished piano player, including a guest soloist appearance with the Richmond (Ind.) Symphony Orchestra.