Buzz Peterson

Buzz Peterson (born May 17, 1963)

Teams coached: Appalachian State MountaineersTulsa Golden HurricaneTennessee VolunteersCoastal Carolina ChanticleersUNC Wilmington Seahawks
Appalachian State record: 103-52 (.665)
Tulsa record: 26-11 (.703)
Tennessee record: 61-59 (.508)
Coastal Carolina record: 35-25 (.583)
UNC Wilmington record: 42-82 (.339)
Overall record: 267-229 (.538)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2014 UNC Wilmington
2009-2010 Appalachian State
2005-2007 Coastal Carolina
2001-2005 Tennessee
2000-2001 Tulsa
1996-2000 Appalachian State
1993-1996 Vanderbilt (assoc. HC)
1990-1993 NC State (asst)
1989-1990 East Tennessee State (asst)
1987-1989 Appalachian State (asst)

Buzz Peterson Facts

  • Robert Bower Peterson, Jr.
  • Born May 17, 1963
  • Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina (BA, 1986)
  • Played at UNC for Hall of Fame head coach Dean Smith; was teammates with Michael Jordan and played on the 1982 National Championship team
    • As a senior at Asheville HS, Peterson was named North Carolina HS Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year; Jordan was runner-up for both
      • Jordan and Peterson were roommates, with Jordan later serving as best man at Peterson’s wedding
    • Drafted in the 8th round of the 1985 NBA Draft; played professionally overseas for several years but never in the NBA
  • Spent nine years as an assistant, working under Tom Apke (App State), Les Robinson (ETSU, NC State) and Jan van Breda Kolff (Vanderbilt)
  • Was a Division I head coach for 16 of the next 18 seasons, working at App State (twice), Tulsa, Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and UNC Wilmington
    • Won 267 games across all jobs, going to one NCAA Tournament, three NITs and one CIT
    • In his one year at Tulsa, won 26 games and the 2001 NIT Championship
  • In July 2017, Peterson was hired as asst GM to Rich Cho with the Charlotte Hornets; the franchise is owned by Michael Jordan
    • Elevated to Senior VP of Basketball Operations and Assistant General Manager in November 2021
  • Along with his wife, Jan, has two daughters and one son

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