When you find yourself in the Steinke Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville you can’t help but notice Head Coach Pete Peterson hustling up and down the sideline motivating and fighting for the Javelina Basketball team each and every game.
After 17 seasons at the helm of Javelina Basketball the Peterson era will come to an end. Peterson announced he will be retiring March 10.
Peterson said the relationship with his players over the years is something that he will cherish and always remember.
“Main thing I will take with me is the relationship with the players, I got into this business 35 years ago because of my love for the greatest game in the world and to help players get to college, get through college and leave a better person than when they showed up on campus.” He said.
“Seeing them successful after they leave here is the greatest thrill.” Peterson added.
Peterson leaves the Javelinas as the longest tenured coach and the all-time wins leader in Javelina men’s basketball history. Peterson accumulated 241 victories with the Javelinas, Peterson and his ball teams averaged 15 wins per season.
The practices and the workouts with the teams is something Peterson said he will miss.
“I loved the pre-season workouts, how a team starts to come together through difficult physical exertion, the buildup to that first practice, everyday good or bad, always knowing that we can improve everything we did today by working harder tomorrow. Peterson said. “The thrill of seeing the players happy after a win, when it’s just you and them in the locker room.
Peterson earned two Lone Star Conference coach of the year awards in the 2004 and 2006 seasons.
Twice Peterson’s teams advanced to the regional tournament and 11 times they qualified for the LSC postseason tournament including this past season.
Peterson coached six freshman of the Year honorees, three All-Americans, two LSC player of the year honorees with eight winning seasons and was named the Texas Association of Basketball Small College Coach of the Year in 2008-09.
Peterson had one last thing to
say to his teams that he has coached along the way and will always remember the moments they shared.
“I appreciate every player trusting me enough to give me four years of their life at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, it’s been the best 17 years of my life, qualifying for the NCAA tournament twice, the LSC tournament 11 times, those were the highlighted, thanks.”