Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

Northwest Missouri State University announced Andy Peterson will helm as the next director of athletics in a press release Tuesday morning.

Peterson had been the interim director of athletics since Mel Tjeerdsma retired April 30.

He begins his new position immediately.

“I am beyond humbled and honored by the opportunity to be the director of athletics at Northwest Missouri State,” Peterson said. “I am excited to work with our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans, alumni and donors everywhere to build a framework that provides the best possible experiences for all our student-athletes.”

Peterson seems to be groomed for the position through his previous five years as an assistant athletic director at Northwest. In this position, he oversaw day-to-day operations of Northwest athletics facilities.

He also helped design and implementation of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse. It is expected to be completed by the fall trimester.

Peterson also spent four years as Northwest’s head women's golf coach and was an assistant men’s basketball coach from 2011 to 2017.

Peterson played basketball for Northwest from 2003 to 2008 and ended his career with the third highest three-point percentage in the history of the program.

He was a graduate assistant for the program during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.

Peterson had a brief departure from Northwest, serving as the head men’s golf coach and assistant men’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College for one season in 2010.

Peterson has a master's degrees in agriculture and physical education as well as bachelor’s degrees in agriculture economics and horticulture, all from Northwest.

He is still pursuing his Doctor of Education in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski expressed the confidence he has in Peterson.

“Andy is a Bearcat and a winner,” Jasinski said. “From being a leader in the classroom, on the hardwood and in athletics, his core focus has been on learning and uplifting the student-athlete experience. His roots in the northwest Missouri region run deep and his bedrock academic center – complemented by his playing, coaching and administrative experiences – yield an exciting future focus for Northwest athletics.”

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