The University of Akron announced the selection of John Peterson to be the Zips’ next offensive line and assistant head coach.
Peterson joins the team from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, pending approval from the school’s board of trustees. He is no stranger to UA, having coached the offensive line for the Zips from 1995-98. He’s spent the past two seasons with UAB.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Akron along with Coach [Terry] Bowden,” Peterson said in a news release. “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.”
A native of Middletown, Peterson also knows the Mid-American Conference, having coached at Miami University. His coaching career also took him to Ohio State (where he also played) and the University of Arizona.
“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.”
Peterson assumes the duties of the late Alan Arrington, who died in a car accident in December.
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