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 High School (MN)


2016: University of South Dakota, Masters, Interdisciplinary Studies 

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


Hometown: West Salem, WI

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

As South Dakota’s Head Coach, has recruited and coached two Summit League All-Conference Team selections

Selected to participate in the 2019 TopConnect program

From 2018 to 2021, helped lead Utah State to three 20+ win seasons, one MWC Regular Season Championship, two MWC Tournament Championships, and three NCAA Tournament berths

From 2014 to 2018, helped lead South Dakota to three winning seasons, two 22+ win seasons, one Summit League Regular Season Championship (first in program history), and two post-season berths – helped rebuild a program that had not had a winning season during the three seasons prior to arrival (32-56 (.364) overall and 16-32 (.333) Summit League record during span)

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

2013-14 Montana-North Dakota Conference Coach of the Year and 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

Head Coach Record