2016-17 Cycling
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Dean Peterson
Head Coach
11th Season
Phone: 317.955.6340
  • Arguably one of the most successful coaches in the country in any sport, Dean Peterson enters his 10th season at the helm of the most successful program in collegiate cycling history.
  • In addition to his duties as head cycling coach, Peterson is also the director of the Indy Cycloplex where he leads a small staff and community volunteers dedicated to advancing the mission of cycling in central Indiana. He is also the founder and director of Power Booster, Indy's premier indoor cycling studios.
  • Peterson brings 33 years of bicycle racing experience and 27 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 2 coach and a three-time national champion.
  • Over his first nine seasons, Peterson led MU to unprecedented success. During his tenure, he has undertaken a strategic shift in the program to advance MU cycling from its track cycling roots to a five-discipline focused program that excels within the team concept.
  • Peterson leads the team with a school-first philosophy, reminding student-athletes that they are students first and that being a responsible citizen and community member is just as important as being a top-notch cyclist. It is this philohosophy which serves as the cornerstone for the cycling team’s three straight (2013, 2014, 2015) USA Cycling Club of the Year awards, which evaluates not only on-bike performance, but team GPA, retention, post-graduation success, and community engagement.
  • The Knights, under Peterson's tutelage, have won the last three USA Cycling Collegiate Overall Team Omnium titles as the most prolific program in the country. The award is bestowed upon the collegiate program that has had the most success in all five disciplines for the year, which spans from August through May. Last season, the Knights won four national championships in the five disciplines with a runner-up finish in the fifth. MU won the track, cyclo-cross, BMX and road discipline titles while finishing second in the mountain bike discipline. Over the last three seasons, MU has won each of the same four titles and has consistently improved in the mountain bike discipline.
  • In 2015-16, the Knights have won their tenth straight D1 collegiate track cycling title, fifth straight CX title. Updated after BMX nats (would be fourth straight)
  • After arriving at MU and maintaining the success on the track (MU had one eight previous titles), Peterson first built the dynasty that is the road program. He has been quoted as saying the road competition is the "crown jewel" event that most people know the most about. He moved to the off-road disciplines and had immediate success that has maintained.
  • His strategy is to develop riders in each of the disciplines to develop a team that can compete in each of the disciplines and it has paid immediate dividends. The development of the BMX track at the Indy Cycoplex, which Marian operates in partnership with Indy Parks and Recreation, has seen an explosion in the development of that program. One Marian University student-athlete, Felicia Stancil, won BMX gold at the 2015 Pan American Games and is a Team USA hopeful for the 2016 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, graduate Coryn Rivera represented the United States at the road world championships in September 2015 in Richmond, Va, and is also vying for a spot at the Rio Games.
  • Prior to overseeing and maintaining the Indy Cycloplex, Peterson oversaw the development of the Paul J. Norman Cycling Center in 2007. The popular indoor training series known as PowerBooster, which is housed at the cycling center, was built to allow cyclists the opportunity to ply their craft within a confined environment not affected by the weather. He is well-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 a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1988 and a master of science degree from Butler University in 1997. He currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their two children.
2016-17 Cycling Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Cycling Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
Gabriella ArnoldJRT/CX/R Paget, BermudaWarwick Academy
Jacob BanksFRMTB/CX/R Westfield, IN
Zach BenderSRMTB/CX/R Glen Rock, N.J.Glen Rock (Lees-McRae)
Cade BickmoreFRT/CX/R Longmont, CO
Alec BobSOBMX/MTB Plano, Texas
Kristen BobSRMTB/BMX Plano, TexasPlano East
Peter BockFRT/R Muskego, WI
Brice BrookshireT/R Elkhart, Ind.
Moise BrutusJRT Miami, Fla.
Zach CarlsonSRT/R Plano, TexasLiberty
Jos ChalmersSRT/R Brighton, EnglandHoly Trinity Episcopal Academy
Rachel CrossFRT/R Newport Beach, CANewport Harbor High
Zach DeitchSRMTB/R Greenwood, Ind.Center Grove
James DoddJRM/R/X Westfield, Ind.Westfield
Gunner DygertJRR/M Brownsburg, Ind.Brownsburg
Bailee EnlowFRMTB/BMX Grand Forks, ND
Vance FletcherSRT/MTB/CX Chariton, IAChariton High
Zoe FrazierSRT/R Suwanee, Ga.Collins Hill
Nicole GlowatyFRBMX/MTB Tarpon Springs
Shayona GlynnSRMTB/BMX Norco, Calif.Lee V. Pollard
Patrick GordonSRStudent Mechani Indianapolis, Ind.Bishop Chatard
Mackenzie GreenSOMTB/CX/R Mason, Ohio
Stephan HirschSRR Billigheim-Ingenheim, Germany
John Hoffman Jr.SRMTB/CX/R Berlin Heights, OhioEdison
Chandler HortonFRMTB/R Zionsville, IN
Lucas Jirgal Carmel, Ind
Crystal KalogrisBMX/MTB Fort Wayne, Ind.
Conrad KeglowitschSOMTB/R Edmonton, Alberta
Madison KellyT/R Naples, FL
Kristen KleinFRBMX/MTB Winchester, VA
Conor KluparSRT/R Fall City, Wash.Fall City
Jordan MarhankaSOT/R Pickens, S.C.
Hannah McDadeSOT/R Tigard, Ore.
Ian McShaneSOMTB/CX/R Louisville, Ky.
Samantha MillerSOBMX/MTB Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kyle MindickJRT/R/X McHenry, Ill.McHenry East
Riley MisselSRT Grand Haven, MIGrand Haven High School
Chazmichael MoralesSOT/R El Segundo, Calif.
Marta MorrisFRT/MTB/R Grand Junction, CO
Zach NehrJRCX/R Whitefish Bay, Wis.Whitefish Bay
Emily NeiceJRT/R Mishawaka, Ind.Penn
Daniel NesbittSOT/R Caledonia, Ontario, Canada
Anders NystromJRMTB/CX/R Boise, IdahoBoise
Angelina PalermoJRMTB/R Butler, Pa.Butler HS
Isabella PenglaseBMX, MTB Melbourne, AustraliaKew High School
Justin PoseyJRBMX/MTB Winston-Salem, NCReagan High School
Ricardo RamirezFRT/R Guayaquil, Ecuador
Laurel RathbunJRT/CX/R Monument, Colo.Palmer Ridge
Jamie ReedJRBMX/MTB Hamilton, Ohio
Thomas RevardFR Carmel, INCarmel HS
Justin RichmondFRBMX Rochelle, IL
Luke RoartyJRBMX Fulton, Md.Reservoir
Tyler RobertsJRCX/R Wildwood, Mo.Homeschooled
Nicholas Salupo Indianapolis, Ind.
Katherine SantosSOMTB/CX/R Louisville, Ky.
Hugo ScalaFRT/CX/R Dallas, TX
Ben SchmutteJRMTB/R Noblesville, Ind.Noblesville
Alex Schroeder Indianapolis, Ind.
Felicia StancilSRBMX/MTB Lake Villa, Ill.Grayslake North
Kyle StewartJRT/R Wilmington, OHXenia Christian
Bryce StroudFRMTB/BMX Atherton, Queensland, AUS
Emma SwartzSOT/MTB/CX/R Madison, Wisc.
Shannon TaylorSOMTB/BMX Warsaw, Ind.
Gabe ThomasFRMTX/CX/R Champaign, IL
Mika TolodayFRMTB/R Indianapolis, IN
Marco WajdaFRR Brookfield, WI
Tyler WhitfieldSRBMX/MTB Rockford, Ill.Christian Life Schools
Jamie WindholzFRMTB/BMX Centerview, Missouri
Sam WintersJRR/X Lynchburg, Va.Glass
Suzan YoungFRT/R Warsaw, INWaraw Community High School
Dean Peterson - Head Coach - 11th season
Michael Kubancsek - Manager - 5th season - Marian University
Natarsha Birk - Assistant Coach - 3rd season
Curtis Tolson - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Ryan Birk - Assistant Coach - 5th season - Marian University
Jason Blodgett - Assistant Coach - Marian University
Daniel Gerow - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Coryn Rivera - Recruiting Assistant - 2nd season - Marian University
Matt Gittings - Assistant Coach - 2nd season - Marian University