John Peterson is in his fourth year as a member of the Ohio State coaching staff. An Ohio State graduate and former starter on the offensive line for the Buckeyes, Peterson returned to his alma mater in April 2004 in the dual role of tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He has quickly established himself as an excellent position coach as well as an outstanding evaluator of talent.
Prior to returning to Ohio State, Peterson spent five years as offensive line coach at Miami (Ohio). He also served as running game coordinator during his last three years with the RedHawks.
Following the 2003 season in which the RedHawks posted a 13-1 record and closed out the year with 13 consecutive wins, Peterson accepted the position of offensive line coach at the University of Arizona under Mike Stoops. He moved to Arizona in January, but was there only briefly before accepting an offer from Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. He joined the Buckeyes during the last half of spring practice.
In his first year on the job, Peterson worked closely with offensive coordinator Jim Bollman to help develop the Buckeyes' youthful offensive line and also found time to land a top 10 recruiting class. He landed another Top 10 class in 2005.
A native of Middletown, Ohio, Peterson was a four-year letterman for the Buckeyes between 1987 and 1990, starting at guard as a senior.
Following his graduation from Ohio State in 1991, he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati.
After two years with the Bearcats (1991-92), he returned to OSU in a graduate assistant's role. He spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons as a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes, working with future NFL players Rickey Dudley and Orlando Pace and traveling with Ohio State to the Holiday Bowl in 1993 and the Citrus Bowl in 1994.
Peterson's first full-time position came in 1995 as the offensive line coach at the University of Akron under former OSU assistant Lee Owens. He spent four years in Akron (1995-98). In 1997, the Zips boasted the nation's 11th ranked rushing attack and the offensive line permitted just 10 sacks all year long.
In February 1999, Peterson moved to Miami as offensive line coach. In March of 2001, he was given the added responsibility of running game coordinator. During their league championship (Mid-American Conference) season in 2003, the RedHawks averaged 502 yards and 43 points per game.
Peterson was a high school All-American at Middletown and was named as the state's big school offensive lineman of the year as a senior in 1986. He also broke the 28-year-old Middletown High School shot put record that had been held by Ohio State's legendary basketball All-American Jerry Lucas. John was inducted into the Middletown High School Hall of Fame in 2001.
Peterson and his wife, Michelle, a native of Middletown and a graduate of Ohio University, have two sons, Austin (3/21/96) and Cole (6/24/98). Michelle's uncle, Jerry Harkrader, played football for the Buckeyes in the mid 1950s.
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