Magic Name Bill Peterson Erie BayHawks Head Coach
The Orlando Magic have announced that Bill Peterson will be Head Coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks. As usual with Magic team policy, terms of the signing are unknown at this time. Orlando GM Rob Hennigan discussed the addition of Peterson.
“We are excited to welcome Bill (Peterson) and his family,” said Hennigan. “Bill’s passion for teaching and development fit seamlessly into our vision of creating a culture of collaboration and synergy between the Orlando Magic and Erie Bayhawks. His wealth of knowledge and experience will help our players fulfill their ultimate basketball potential.”
Peterson spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (2007-2013) and served as Associate Head Coach at Colorado State University (2000-2007). Prior to his time at CSU, Peterson was a player development coach and scout for the Dallas Mavericks (1998-2000). He helped develop younger players like Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Michael Finley and Greg Buckner. He also served as a special assistant with the Golden State Warriors and worked with Sarunas Marciulionis, one of the first international players to compete in the NBA.
Peterson held head coaching positions at the University of Alabama-Huntsville (1994-1997) and Union College (1983-1987). He worked as the Assistant Head Coach at McNeese State (1987-1994) and at Bossier Parish Community College (1997-1999). Peterson began coaching in ’78-’79 as a student assistant at St. Petersburg Junior College and went on to serve as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech, where he coached Karl Malone from ’80 to ’83. Peterson is a graduate of Eckerd College and holds a master’s degree in physical education and human relations from Louisiana Tech University.
BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou also commented on Peterson:
“When speaking with Bill, it’s clear that he’s committed to developing our players and has a strong desire to win,” said BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou. “We’re looking forward to him becoming a part of the Erie community and leading our team as we begin our new affiliation with the Orlando Magic.”