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Zips football: Team selects new offensive line coach

By George Thomas Published: January 14, 2014

From a UA athletics department news release:  

University of Akron football head coach Terry Bowden announced on Monday that John Peterson, who boasts 20-plus seasons of collegiate coaching experience including eight at Ohio State, will join the Zips' staff as assistant head coach and oversee the offensive line. The hire is pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

Peterson, who was offensive line coach at Akron from 1995-98, has tutored the offensive line at UAB for the last two years. He spent the eight seasons prior to that at Ohio State (2004-10), working with the tight ends and serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. His resume also includes coaching stops at Miami (Ohio) (1999-2003) and Arizona (January-April 2004), and a student-athlete career on the gridiron at Ohio State (1986-90). Peterson also spent time as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati (1991-92) and Ohio State (1993-94).

"We are excited about having John join our staff," Bowden said. "He has been a part of several very successful programs and none more so than Ohio State, where he was both a coach and student-athlete. He has extensive ties to Ohio, which is obviously our recruiting base, and he is well known nationally."

In Peterson's time on staff at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were Big Ten Conference champions for six-consecutive seasons. Also during that stretch, OSU played in the BCS national championship game in 2006 and 2007, and made four other BCS bowl appearances (2005 and 2008 Fiesta, 2009 Rose and 2010 Sugar).

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Akron along with Coach Bowden," Peterson said. "He has put together an excellent staff that I look forward to working with and helping to continue to rebuild the program. Having coached at UA once before, I have a lot of pride in the program and University, and can't wait to get started. My family and I are also looking forward to getting back to the state of Ohio and being closer to home."

Before his stint at Ohio State, Peterson spent five years as offensive line coach at Miami (Ohio). He served as running game coordinator during his last three years with the RedHawks.

Peterson replaces Alan Arrington who was killed in a car accident last month.

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