UJ men's hoops assistant Peterson leaving for Minnesota Duluth

Peterson is returning to his home state of Minnesota.

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The Jimmies bench looks on during a game against Bethel College on March 7, 2023 at Harold Newman Arena.
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DULUTH, MN – After six years as an assistant coach for the University of Jamestown men’s basketball team, Tyler Peterson is leaving to be the new assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Peterson is joining head coach Justin Wieck’s staff, who previously served as the Jimmies' head coach from 2012 to 2014. Last season, the Bulldogs went 20-16, making it all the way to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division II tournament.

During his time in the program, Peterson grew from a graduate assistant to his final role as associate head coach. During the six years, the team went a combined 142-45, with his tenure highlighted by a trip to the Elite 8 in the 2020-21 season. The team also made three trips to the Sweet 16.

“He’s been huge for us, stepping into different roles from grad assistant to assistant coach to associate head coach,” Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said. “So, he took a lot of steps and he was huge for the development of our guys and the development of our program as well.”

Throughout his six years, the Jimmies had 12 different players honored by the GPAC and oversaw seven 1,000-point scorers.


“I would say it’s more player relationships,” Neville said. “Obviously, as a sixth-year assistant, you’re going to get assigned more duties every year so he just took on different duties every year. Again, if it’s his sixth year that’s going to amount to more duties so he did a lot.”

In a statement to, Peterson said, “I have tremendous respect for how the Minnesota Duluth basketball (program) has grown into one of the top Divison II programs in the midwest during his tenure and I am grateful for the chance to learn from him (Wieck) and his staff.”

Neville said he is zeroing in on finding a replacement for Peterson.

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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