Jerry Peterson
Coach 1966 – 199 5
Football, Track
A 1957 graduate of Minneapolis Washburn High School , Jerry Peterson lettered in football, basketball, and track ● Augsburg College then benefited from Peterson’s athletic talents where he earned four varsity letters in football and three in golf.
After receiving his degree in 1961, Peterson began his teaching and coaching career at Walnut Grove where, in two seasons as head football coach, his teams had 10 wins, 4 losses, and 2 ties ● A brief stint as an assistant coach at Detroit Lakes was followed by being named the head football coach at OHS ● The fall of 1966 was the first season that a team led by “Coach Pete” would head out onto the gridiron – a scene that would be repeated for the next three decades in the Big Nine Conference.
In 1994, Peterson became the winningest coach in Big Nine Conference history with 179 wins ● Peterson finished his career with a record of 189-108-2, seven conference championships, and eight Big Nine Coach of the Year awards ● Between the fall of 1977 and 1994, OHS football teams had eighteen winning years in a row and were either conference champs or runners-up in thirteen of those eighteen seasons ● Peterson coached in the 1980 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game ● Included in this remarkable OHS coaching career was as a memorable 2nd place finish behind Stillwater for the Minnesota State Football Championship in Prep Bowl I (1982).
Peterson was also an assistant track coach at OHS from 1967-1984 ● In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, Peterson also found time to help broadcast more than 500 high school basketball games on KRFO Radio as well as officiate many local area high school and Owatonna City League basketball games ● On Sept. 6, 1996, in recognition of Coach Peterson’s accomplishments, Governor Arne Carlson proclaimed “Jerry Peterson Day” in Minnesota ● Peterson was inducted into the Minnesota State Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997.


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