Tony Petersen returned to his alma mater as the assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January of 2010.
Petersen spent the 2009 season as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at the University of South Dakota. He spent the previous two seasons as quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University.
"He was a great player here at Marshall and he played a big role in the tremendous success of the 1990's," Coach Doc Holliday said. "He is a Marshall graduate and he brings a wealth of experience. He has been a coordinator here and had the opportunity to coach some great players like Chad Pennington. I have known him for 20 years by way of recruiting in south Florida and he is a great recruiter, because he is very thorough and has great rapport with kids."
Petersen, a record-setting quarterback at Marshall, returns to his alma-mater with impressive coaching credentials, including 19 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.
Under Petersen, Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer finished his Cyclone career in 2007 with school record totals for passing yards and total offense.
Prior to coaching at Iowa State, Petersen coached at the University of Minnesota. Petersen served as co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and eventually the passing coordinator at Minnesota. Quarterback Bryan Cupito set the new all-time leading passing mark under Petersen. In 2006, the Gophers had a 2,000-yard passer for a fifth straight year, a school record. Petersen also played a crucial role in the progress of Asad Abdul-Khaliq at Minnesota as the quarterback rewrote the Gophers' record books.
During Petersen's eight seasons at Marshall, the Thundering Herd qualified for the postseason eight straight times, winning national championships in 1992 and 1996 and Mid-American Conference titles in both 1997 and 1998. Peterson served as wide receivers coach in 1992 and helped in the development of future three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Brown. Peterson served as quarterbacks coach for five of his previous eight years at MU and worked as the offensive coordinator in 1998. In that capacity, he coached future NFL quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich.
As a player at Marshall, Petersen was named the 1988 Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1987. A free agent signee of the Minnesota Vikings in 1989, Petersen set 16 Southern Conference single-season and career records in passing and total offense, to go along with six Marshall single-season school marks. He threw a record 35 touchdown passes in 1987. Petersen also set NCAA records for most passes in a game without an interception (68) and for most regular season games (11) with more than 200 yards passing. Petersen also played for the Thundering Herd baseball program.
Petersen went to Marshall after a stellar career at Delta Community College in Stockton, Calif. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals after his first season at Delta C.C.
Petersen earned his bachelor's degree in 1988 and master's degree in 1995, both from Marshall. He and his wife Beth have three children: Andy, Nikki Nelson and Taylor.