He'd also switched sports, The Daily Record wrote, from baseball, which he played professionally, to basketball.
"We've got some experience coming back, unfortunately they haven’t experienced a whole lot of winning," Peterson told The Daily Record then. "They lost a lot of close games last year. So we've spent a lot of time doing the little things and that should help us win by two or four points, instead of losing by two or four points."
Peterson's professional baseball career took him to time in two seasons. His post-playing career has taken him into education.
Peterson's baseball career began in 1989, taken by the Pirates in the 32nd round of the draft out of the College of Wooster in Ohio. He went to Wooster out of Mansfield, Ohio's Madison High.
Peterson signed with the Pirates having played ball in the summer amateur Greater Akron AA Baseball League. In three years in the league, including his first while still in high school, Peterson made two all-star teams.
Peterson started with the Pirates at short-season Welland. The catcher got into 16 games and hit .184.
He then played 1990 at Welland and at single-A Augusta. He got into 45 games between them and hit .213. That season marked his last as a pro.
Peterson has since returned to Madison High and in 2020 is listed as the school's principal.
- Wooster Daily Record, Dec. 3, 2001: OHC boys basketball title still goes through Senior
Made the Majors:1,184-35.9%
Never Made Majors:2,115-64.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 489
10+ Seasons in the Minors:286