Chris Peters joined the Buckeye coaching staff in the summer of 2010 as assistant swimming coach for the Ohio State University men's swimming program. The 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri replaced Jessen Book, who landed his dream head coaching position at Kenyon College; two years prior, Book had replaced John Klinge, who parlayed his Ohio State assistant's position into his dream head coaching position at Purdue.
Peters has six years of collegiate coaching experience in his wake already. After a record-setting swimming career and graduating from Missouri with a degree in English, he spent a brief amount of time working for ESPN before embarking on a coaching career that started as the head coach at Phoenix (Ariz.) Country Day High School and included senior age group coaching responsibilities with the Arizona Marlins Swim Club.
The eight-time Big 12 Championship finalist in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, and school record holder in the 200 backstroke, returned to Missouri in June of 2004 to begin his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He was named associate head coach of the men's and women's programs at Missouri four years later and held the title for the next two years.
Peters coached distance freestylers, IM and backstrokers while at Missouri, and it comes as no surprise that his backstroke student-athletes now hold six of the Top 10 fastest men's times at Missouri and five of the Top 10 women's times.
His recruiting efforts were most successful, as the number of Tigers making NCAA standards increased each year, as did the number of new school records. And from 2006 through 2009, each of the Tiger recruiting classes for men and women were regarded as Top 25-caliber with the women reaching a high ranking of 11th and the men 16th.
A qualifier for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Peters is a native of Eureka, Mo. He and his wife, Marianne, an Indiana University graduate, have a daughter, Sydney, and a son, Cole.