Former KU Baseball Player Hired by Eastern Michigan
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Lawrence native and former Kansas baseball player Eric Peterson (2003-04) has been named an assistant coach for the Eastern Michigan baseball team, after spending the last season as the Jayhawks’ director of baseball operations. He will serve as the team’s pitching coach.
Head KU baseball coach Ritch Price, who served as Peterson’s coach for two seasons, is excited about the opportunity for Peterson.
“I am thrilled for Eric joining the Eastern Michigan baseball staff,” Price said. “Everybody associated with our program enjoyed having Eric on staff a year ago. He did an outstanding job as our director of baseball operations and is one of the most qualified young coaches in the country.”
Peterson’s coaching experience spans six years, including two years at Niagara University (2010-12) and two years at Fort Scott Community College (2008-10), where he also worked as an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians.
“I want to compliment EMU head coach Jay Alexander on a great hire,” Price stated. “He is going to bring a good work ethic, enthusiasm, passion and high energy with him to the table and I know he will impact their program in a positive manner.”
During his time at KU, Peterson appeared in 12 games, recording 11 strikeouts and one save.
A local talent, he played baseball at Free State High School where he earned three varsity letters and was named the team MVP his junior and senior seasons. He also held the Firebirds’ record for career and season strikeouts, entering his freshman year at Kansas.
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