When Dale Layer began to assemble his coaching staff at Colorado State, he sought to bring together talented individuals dedicated to continuing the growth of the Rams' program.
One of those individuals is associate head coach Bill Peterson, named to the staff on May 15, 2000.
Bill Peterson is one of the most respected player development specialists in the nation.
Peterson, in his seventh season at Colorado State, is responsible for the player development for Colorado State's men's basketball student-athletes.
He works daily throughout the season and during the off-season with hands-on teaching sessions with the Rams.
Included in his instruction are drills and techniques to help each player elevate his game to the next level on the floor as an individual and within the team's framework.
Peterson's influence has been dramatic in the Rams' program. Using the same skills he mastered as a coach with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA in tutoring all-stars Michael Finley, Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki, Peterson has helped mold the careers of Colorado State's student-athletes the past five years.
For instance, center Matt Nelson was among the scoring, field goal percentage, and blocked shot leaders among freshmen four years ago even though he was unheralded as a high school senior.
Peterson, like the rest of the members of the coaching staff, brings a wealth of coaching experience to Colorado State. For Peterson, that experience has covered the college and professional ranks.
His duties included working individually with various players to improve various aspects of their performances. Besides his on-floor duties, Peterson evaluated other players - professional and college - on behalf of the Mavericks' organization and head coach Don Nelson.
Peterson joined the Dallas staff after spending two seasons as an assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Bossier Parish Community College. He formerly was the head coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville for three seasons. Prior to that stint, Peterson spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at McNeese State.
Peterson also had the opportunity to coach the Athletes in Action squad for two years, a team which included Mavericks' coach and president of basketball operations Don Nelson.
Peterson began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech from 1980-83. He formerly played at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he earned his undergraduate degree.
Bill and his wife Diane are the parents of three daughters: Kati (17), Ginny (12); and Hailey who was called to be with the Lord in the summer of 2000.