Men's Basketball

John Peterson
John  Peterson

Last College:
UCSB, '91; USF, '94

Assistant Coach

2nd Season


Inside the Lions: John Peterson Jr.

With more than 300 wins as a head coach, John Peterson rejoins Head Coach Mike Dunlap at LMU.


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MBB | A Global Reach

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.


MBB | Back Together

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.


MBB | LMU vs. Santa Clara

Senior Day 2015 at Gersten Pavilion


MBB | LMU at Santa Clara

West Coast Conference action from Leavey Center in Santa Clara


MBB | LMU vs. Pacific

West Coast Conference action on New Year's Day


MBB | LMU vs. DePaul

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

John Peterson, Jr., rejoined Head Coach Mike Dunlap as assistant coach of the LMU mens basketball program in 2014-15. The two worked together in building a program that would win a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships. Peterson enters his second season with Dunlap at LMU in 2015-16.

"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 it is an honor to be working together again at LMU. I am excited for what we can accomplish in year two."

Peterson was the head coach at Ohlone College from June of 2000 and left in 2014 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).

"This is a great 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 was ready and excited for these new challenges. The first year was all about establishing the foundation and we took huge stride in 2014-15. My excitement is even greater as we enter the 2015-16 campaign."

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.

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.

The Peterson File File

Coaching Experience
2004-pres. LMU, Assistant Coach
2000-14 Ohlone College, Head Coach
2012 Netscouts Basketball, China Tour, Head Coach
1997-00 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Assistant Coach
1992-97 San Francisco, Assistant Coach
Education: UC Santa Barbara, B.A. in Law and Society
San Francisco, M.A. in Sports Management
Family: wife, Susan, and has two children, Benjamin and Jordan.


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