Reed Peterson became the first assistant lacrosse coach for Centre College when it began its inaugural season in the fall of 2010, and has been part of a dramatic turnaround that has seen the Colonels reach consecutive NCAA Tournaments and win a Southern Athletic Association regular season championship and SAA Tournament championship in the team's first four seasons of play.
By just their second year of competition in 2012, Peterson and head coach Bert Severns had led the Colonels to a 12-4 overall record with a 7-2 record and second place finish in the Southern Collegiate Atheltic Conference. One of the highest scoring offenses in the country, Centre ranked third nationally with 15.38 goals per game, finished fourth in assists at 9.56 per game and had three individuals ranked in the top 10 nationally in offensive categories.
In four seasons at Centre, Peterson has coached 26 all-conference selections with attacker Zack Connors earning SCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2012.
In 2013, Peterson helped lead the Colonels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in just the third season in program history. Centre finished the season with an 11-4 overall record and tied for the SAA regular season title with a 6-1 record in conference play.
The 2014 season saw the Colonels make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament while also claiming their first SAA Tournament title. Centre also set school records for wins in a season with 13 and consecutive wins with 11.
Peterson has a wealth of experience in lacrosse and came to Centre College after coaching at Louisville Collegiate High School, Louisville, Ky.
Before college, the Green Bay, Wisc. native played at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. While at Mariemont, Peterson accumulated many lacrosse accolades, including all-state honors three of the four years he played. He was a two-time Position Player of the Year, two-time First Team All-State selection and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. He led Mariemont to its first state title appearance in 2003. His high school coach Tad George said about Peterson "as a player Reed was game changer. Opposing coaches and their defenses had to constantly account for his presence on the field, and he is the most skilled player to have played at Mariemont."
Peterson's lacrosse playing career took him to two NCAA Division I programs, starting out at Canisius College and completing his playing career at Bellarmine University having lettered all four years in college. After his lacrosse playing career was completed, he moved to the broadcast booth where he received the Bellarmine Media Award for Broadcasting for his work with the announcing the sporting events on campus.
Post playing career, Peterson became an assistant on the varsity men's lacrosse team at Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville, Ky. that went to the state's final four in 2010 and was the runner-up for the state title in 2009. While at LCS he worked with the midfielders on varsity while being the head coach of two other teams (LCS 3rd/4th, LCS 5th/6th). Head Coach Chad Wabrek said about Peterson "Coach Peterson is a proven teacher of the game of lacrosse, and he demands that his players possess high character, good morals, and a sense of loyalty, which is why he has been consistently successful."
"Winning is habit."
- Vince Lombardi
This quote is significant towards my belief on how our players should conduct themselves on and off the field. My philosophy as a coach is to play as fast as your ability allows. All players have different strengths but if you are working 100% every day to make yourself better, the team will get better. When the players arrive at Centre to play lacrosse, I want to teach them the competitive drive, mental toughness and the ability to work for something bigger than oneself. These three teachings will translate on and off the field, so when our men graduate, they will be an asset in any field they choose.