Eric Peterson

Head Men’s Basketball Coach
University of South Dakota


2022 – Present: Head Coach, University of South Dakota

2021 – 2022: Assistant Coach, University of Utah

2018 – 2021: Assistant Coach, Utah State University

2014 – 2018: Assistant Coach, University of South Dakota

2012 – 2014: Head Coach/Director of Athletics, Williston State College

2011 – 2012: Assistant Coach/Assistant Director of Athletics, Williston State College

2009 – 2011: Assistant Coach, Minnesota State University-Moorhead

2005 – 2009: Assistant Coach, Williston State College

2003 – 2005: Assistant Coach, La Crescent HS


2016: University of South Dakota, Masters, Interdisciplinary Studies 

2006: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Bachelors, Physical Education


Hometown: West Salem, WI

Family: Lindsey (Wife) & Flynn, Isaiah, Briggs, Bowen (Children)

Career Highlights

Career Record as a Head Coach
52-15 (.776)

25+ Win Seasons (2)
2013-14, 2012-13

Conference Coach of the Year (2)
2013-14 Mon-Dak & 2012-13 Region XIII

Conference Regular Season Championships (1)
2013-14 Mon-Dak

Selected to participate in the 2019 TopConnect program

From 2018 to 2021, helped lead Utah State to 74-24 (.755) overall and 42-13 (.766) Mountain West Conference record, two 26+ win seasons, one MWC Regular Season Championship, two MWC Tournament Championships, and three NCAA Tournament berths

Utah State’s scoring defense finished ranked 16th nationally in 2020-21

From 2014 to 2018, helped lead South Dakota to a 79-55 (.590) overall record, two 22+ win seasons, one Summit League Regular Season Championship, and two post-season berths, helping rebuild a program that had not had a winning season during the three seasons prior to arrival

In 2016-17, assisted South Dakota to the first Summit League Regular Season Championship in program history

Helped lead South Dakota to the most single-season (26) and Summit League (12) wins in the program’s Division I history

As a Division I Assistant Coach, has recruited and coached 26 all-conference team selections, as well as the two MWC Players of the Year, Freshman of the Year, two Defensive Players of the Year and one AP-All American

2013-14 Montana-North Dakota Conference Coach of the Year & 2012-13 NJCAA Region XIII Coach of the Year

From 2012 to 2014, led Williston State to a 52-15 (.776) overall and 17-3 (.850) Mon-Dak record, as well as one Mon-Dak Regular Season Championship and one NJCAA Region XIII Tournament Championship

As Williston State’s Head Coach, recruited and coached five Mon-Dak All-Conference Team selections, as well as one Player of the Year

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