Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Assistant Coach John Peterson rejoins to work with Mike Dunlap at LMU. Peterson, who joined Dunlap in leading Metro State to a national championship in 2000, claimed more than 300 wins as a head coach before joining the Lions.
West Coast Conference action from Leavey Center in Santa Clara
West Coast Conference action on New Year's Day
Christmas Day basketball on final day of Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
LMU Men's Basketball season opener, first game under Head Coach Mike Dunlap
Head Coach Mike Dunlap's return to LMU in an exhibition game at Gersten Pavilion.
John Peterson, Jr., rejoins Head Coach Mike Dunlap as assistant coach of the LMU mens basketball program. The two worked together in building a program that would win a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships.
"He is a tremendous coach and his record over the years speaks for itself," said Dunlap. "We have known each other a long time and I look forward to working together again."
Peterson has been the head coach at Ohlone College since June of 2000 and leavesas the all time leader in wins (300), win percentage (300 - 126, 71%), conference titles (5), winning seasons (14), most wins in a season (28), and 20-win seasons (11).
"I am really excited about this opportunity," said Peterson. "The time was right for me to do something different. It is a great opportunity to get back to the WCC, and more specifically, to work with Mike again. I am so thankful for everything I have been able to accomplish in my current situation, but I am ready and excited for these new challenges."
While at Ohlone, Peterson was five-time Coast Conference North Coach of the Year and his teams participated in the playoffs in 13 of his 14 years (including 2 appearances in the Elite 8), and finished ranked in the top 20 in 13 of his 14 seasons. Most importantly, 93 of his players in the 14 years have moved on to the 4 year level.
"Junior college basketball is entire different animal. You have to do so many different things," said Peterson. "I was fortunate to be at a place that gave me a lot of experience in many different areas of being a coach. I feel that at LMU and with Mike, there won't be anything we can't handle."
Prior to Ohlone, he spent three years (1997-00) at NCAA Division II Metro State College in Denver. Metro went 87-15, won a National Championship in 2000, was National Runner-up, and won three league titles. Metro State would win it again in 2002.
He is familiar with the West Coast Conference, working five seasons (1992-97) at the University of San Francisco, working for both Phil Mathews and Jim Brovelli.
In 21years of college coaching, he has been part of 20 winning seasons.
He also worked as the head men's basketball coach for the Netscouts Basketball China Tour, coaching a group of professional players while representing the U.S. National Program in an International B Level Tournament. Played nine games in 12 days, winning all nine games.
He also founded his own business, "On The Ball Sport, LLC," a sports camp business serving Livermore, Fremont, Union City, and San Ramon.
Peterson earned his B.A. in Law and Society from UC Santa Barbara in 1991 and earned an M.A. in Sports Management from San Francisco in 1994. He has a wife, Susan, and has two children, Benjamin and Jordan.
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