Peterson ready to lead Northwest athletic department

Northwest Missouri State University named Andy Peterson the new athletic director Monday.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 6:46 PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.)- For all but one year since 2003, Andy Peterson has been a Northwest Missouri State Bearcat. 

"We got to keep moving forward with all of our programs and trying to do whatever I can to help," Peterson said. 

Northwest Missouri State University named Andy Peterson the new athletic director Monday.

Peterson served as Northwest's interim athletic director for the last few months following college football Hall of Famer Mel Tjeerdsma's retirement, but on Monday, the University named Peterson the new athletic director.

"He's very well-respected, high integrity and no question his performance on the court as a basketball player, certaintly as a coach, as an administrator and really his focus on learning and his focus on student academic experience is critical," Northwest president John Jasinski said. 

Peterson played basketball at Northwest from 2003 until 2008. He was a graduate assistant from 2008 through 2010. 

"But I came back as the head coach (2009), I didn't have a place to live, so I was living with my graduate assistant Andy Peterson," Men's basketball head coach Ben McCollum said. "He would get up at 5 a.m. every single morning to work at the golf course at Mozingo and he'd come home and usually make me supper because I was pretty late at that point."

Peterson was an assistant for McCollum from 2011 until 2017, during which time he won a national championship in 2017. 

"He would just serve and didn't need a lot of gratitude, didn't need a lot of thanks and I think that quality is one in any leadership position will definitely help," McCollum said. 

Over the course of the last few years, Peterson has moved into an assistant athletic director position where he's been involved with the design and implementation of the new indoor facility. 

"Our strategic planning task force, campus master plan and really has had some significan administration experience here since he's (Peterson) been here, but in the last year," Jasinski said. 

It's full-speed ahead for Peterson and the athletic department and he wants to keep things moving in a positive direction. 

"It's about the future now," Peterson said. "It's about pushing forward. We can't forget about who we are, where we came from, what we did to get here to this point, but mainly being positive going forward and trying to to keep as many people involved as possible."

One of Peterson's first jobs will be hiring a new track and field and cross country coach to replace longtime coach Scott Lorek, who retired this summer. 

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