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Russ Peterson
Russ Peterson

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Peterson, a former University of Iowa all-Big Ten honoree, joined the Iowa coaching staff in 2012.

Peterson previously spent two seasons on the track and field staff at Colgate. During his first two seasons at Colgate coach Peterson was part of the best Patriot League finish ever by a Colgate track & field team. His athletes broke more than 20 school records and achieved greater then 40 all-time top-10 performances. The Raiders won 12 league titles and more than 20 conference honor during Peterson's tenure. The program also received the Patriot League Coach of the Year honors, the Athlete of the Year honors( Curry Knox), Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year honors (DeRoo), Outdoor T&F Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year honors (DeRoo), and Colgate University's Female Athlete of the Year Award (DeRoo).

Curry Knox, who left her mark on Colgate's program with six school records, continued her success under coach Peterson's guidance. Knox capped off her career with four individual Patriot League titles, 100H, 60H, 100m, 60m and a relay title with the 4x100 in her senior campaign. Her 11.70 performance in the 100m dash will go down in history as a Patriot Leagure record.

Peterson is a graduate of the University of Iowa '04 and a member of the track and field program where he finished his career on the Iowa All-Time list in six different events. He earned six all-Big Ten honors, a Big Ten title in the 4x100 and an all-Midwest Regional honor. Peterson qualified in all eight seasons for the NCAA DI National Championships while competing in five events, placing as high as ninth in the 4x400 relay.

Coach Peterson started his college coaching at Augustana College while working towards his master's degree in Education. During that time Augie cross-country and track and field teams established themselves as a power not only on the NCC but also in DII.

In addition to his collegiate career, he made three appearances at the USATF National Championships, including one Olympic Trials (2004). After graduation, he competed for Competitive Edge Athletics, running in the special invite 400 high hurdles at the 2004 and 2005 Drake Relays.

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