Peterson is entering his eighth season at the helm of the Marian University cycling program. He is also an instructor in the school of education. In 2011, he began his work as director at the Indy Cycloplex and leads a small staff and community volunteers dedicated to advancing the mission of cycling in central Indiana.
Peterson brings 30 years of bicycle racing experience and 24 years of teaching experience to Marian University and the Indy Cycloplex. He has coached, trained, or raced in Europe, Africa, and Cuba. He is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach and is a USA Cycling Category 1 cyclist.
In his first seven seasons at the helm of the Knights cycling team, Peterson guided the Knights to seven straight USA Cycling Division I collegiate track cycling national championships, four straight collegiate road championships, back-to-back cyclo-cross national championships and the program's first-ever BMX national title. He is the first Marian University head cycling coach to win national championships in road, cyclo-cross and BMX competition. The 2012-13 season culminated with the Knights winning the program's first-ever USA Cycling Collegiate Team Omnium overall national title, which is awarded to the program that earns the highest finishes in each of the five disciplines throughout the season. Peterson led MU to the track title, a third-place finish at the mountain bike national championships, the cyclo-cross title, the BMX title and the road championship to secure the first-ever overall team omnium title for the program.
After coming to MU and maintaining the success on the track, Peterson first built a dynasty on the road. He has said the road competition is the "premier" event that most people know the most about. After establishing the program on the road, Peterson switched to the off-road disciplines and had immediate success. Two straight cyclo-cross titles and, now, in its first year of competition, a BMX championship. His strategy of developing riders in each of the disciplines to develop a team that can compete in each of the disciplines has paid immediate dividends. He is currently overseeing the development of a BMX track at the Indy Cycloplex, which Marian University oversees in conjunction with Indy Parks and Recreation.
He also oversaw the development of the Paul J. Norman Cycling Center in 2007. Peterson developed the now-popular indoor training series known as PowerBooster, which is housed at the cycling center. He is known in cycling circles in Indianapolis and has cultivated sponsor relationships that culminated in the development of the center, the team and the Indy Cycloplex.
Peterson earned his bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1988 and his master of science degree from Butler University in 1997.
He resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their two children.