Josh Petersen joined the University of Pittsburgh as assistant coach for women’s basketball as announced Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
“Josh is the most energetic guy I have ever been around,” Pitt head coach Lance White said. “He spent the last four years at UNC Asheville, but my history with Josh goes back to his sixth grade year. He is one of the hardest working people I know and I am thrilled that he will get to bring his positive energy to this group.”
Petersen arrived in Pittsburgh after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach under Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick at UNC Asheville. He specialized in the development of post players in addition to serving as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator and camp director.
During his time in Asheville, the Bulldogs captured back-to-back Big South Conference Tournament crowns (2016, 2017), two NCAA Tournament berths (2016, 2017), three consecutive postseason berths (2016, 2017, 2018) and one Big South Conference regular season title (2016).
With Petersen on the sidelines, nine Bulldogs earned All-Big South Conference honors, including 2015-16 league Player of the Year Chatori Major. Additionally, six players earned Big South Championship All-Tournament honors with Major and Sonora Dengokl being named Most Valuable Player in 2016 and 2017.
In 2017-18, UNC Asheville raced through Big South Conference play, which was highlighted by handing Liberty its first league loss of the year. The Bulldogs’ season was capped by playing in their third consecutive postseason tournament. UNC Asheville hosted Furman in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), marking the first time the program hosted a postseason tournament.
Prior to his stint at UNC Asheville, Petersen was at Florida State with White for six seasons, including two years as a graduate assistant (2012-14). He was FSU’s head manager for four years prior to his graduate work (2008-12). In his six years at Florida State, the Seminoles went to five NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2010.
As a graduate assistant with the Seminoles, Petersen’s responsibilities included directing the scout team, assisting with video, helping with team travel and official visits plus aid skill development and individual workouts. Petersen also helped run Florida State’s women’s basketball camp.
A native of Abernathy, Texas, Petersen moved to Tallahassee, Fla., prior to his senior year of high school and graduated from Godby High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in 2012 and his master’s degree in sports management at FSU in the spring of 2014.
Petersen and the former Shelby Heffernan were married May 11, 2017.