A three-year letter winner with the men’s basketball team while playing under head coach Bob Brannum. He was also named co-captain for his senior year in 1966-67. Peterson was characterized by Brannum as being the toughest inside player he’s ever coached.
“My game was inside and my job was to do whatever it took to get the ball and play defense which was really Bob Brannum’s style,” Peterson said.
Although he was known for being a defensive stalwart, that didn’t stop Peterson from wreaking havoc on the offensive end either as he posted a 27-point, 32-rebound effort in a win over Middlebury during his career. One of Peterson’s favorite memories of his playing days came on March 3, 1965 when the Cadets blew out rival UVM 113-71 to close the season.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Norwich Hall of Fame considering all the great athletes that have gone here,” Peterson said. “It’s especially nice as a basketball player since there are only a few of us and Norwich’s reputation is in hockey for the most part.”
During Peterson’s tenure at NU, Brannum was in the midst of trying to upgrade the program and in the 60’s freshmen couldn’t play on the varsity team.
“I went on a campus tour with a guy who started as a sophomore and by my sophomore year, he didn’t even make the team,” Peterson reminisced. “We didn’t really have a great record, but we were also playing seven or eight Division I teams every season. We were always in games, but we just didn’t have the extra players to push us over the top all the time.”
Upon graduating, Peterson went on to serve four years of active duty in the Army and then 20 more years in the reserves.
“I loved basketball and that’s what I wanted to play in college but over my four years at Norwich it became a love affair with the school.”
Peterson now resides in Tyngsboro, Mass.