|Position:||Director of Basketball Operations|
|Alma Mater:||Kent State|
A 30-plus year veteran on the collegiate coaching scene, Dan Peters is in his fifth season as a member of the Akron staff. Assuming the role of director of basketball operations, he oversees all logistics related to the program, including scheduling, coordination of team travel and tape exchange.
Peters came to UA after spending five seasons at Ohio State, serving as associate director of operations his first two years there. In three seasons as an assistant coach at OSU (2005-07), he helped the Buckeyes to 81 victories, two NCAA tournament appearances, a school-record 35 wins in 2006-07, a pair of outright Big Ten regular-season titles, a league tournament title and an appearance in the 2007 NCAA National Championship game.
Peters, who spent five years on the staff at the University of Cincinnati with current West Virginia and former Akron head coach Bob Huggins, is familiar with the state of Ohio and has experience as a Division I head coach. Peters joined the Cincinnati staff in May of 1999 as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach in 2002.
Prior to his stint at Cincinnati, Peters spent six seasons as head coach at Youngstown State. He also served as the head coach at nearby Walsh College and St. Joseph's College of Indiana, amassing a combined record of 237-140 in 14 years at those three schools.
Peters began his coaching career at Guernsey Catholic High School in Cambridge, Ohio. He spent two years there and one season at Meadowbrook High School in Byesville, Ohio, before jumping to the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant at Delta State for the 1979-80 season.
In 1981, Peters moved to Walsh College as an assistant to Huggins. He succeeded Huggins in 1984 (when Huggins was hired as head coach at Akron) and directed Walsh to a 28-4 record in his first year. He spent five seasons at Walsh, compiling an overall record of 116-39 and earning district coach of the year honors on two occasions.
At the conclusion of the 1988 campaign, Peters accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at Western Carolina. The following year, he returned to Ohio and spent two seasons (1990 and 1991) as an assistant coach at Akron under then Zips' head coach Coleman Crawford.
Following the 1991 season, Peters was named head coach at St. Joseph's, where he compiled a two-year mark of 43-14 and led his team to an NCAA Division II tournament appearance in his first season.
In 1993, Peters moved to Youngstown State to take over the program as the head coach. He directed the 1998 edition of the Penguins to a 20-8 record, a berth in the championship game of the Mid-Continent Conference tournament and was named the league's coach of the year.
Peters was born in Cleveland and grew up in nearby Canton, Ohio. He is a 1976 graduate of Kent State, earning a bachelor's degree in social studies. Peters and his wife, Nancy, reside in Akron and have sons, Danny and Michael. Danny is a former student-athlete for the Ohio State basketball team and is a graduate assistant with the University of Arizona basketball program.
Dan Peters Coaching Career
Akron (Director of Basketball Operations): 2009-Present
Ohio State (Associate Director of Operations and Assistant Coach): 2004-09
Cincinnati (Assistant Coach): 1999-2004
Youngstown State (Head Coach): 1993-99
Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) (Head Coach): 1991-93
Akron (Assistant Coach): 1989-91
Western Carolina (Assistant Coach): 1988-89
Walsh (Head Coach): 1983-88
Walsh (Assistant Coach): 1981-83
Delta State (Graduate Assistant): 1979-80