In his first season in Birmingham, Peterson coached first-team All-Conference USA offensive tackle Chris Hubbard. Hubbard signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers last spring.
Peterson joined the Blazers' staff after serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the Buckeyes.
While Peterson was at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were Big Ten Conference champions for six consecutive seasons. Ohio State played in the BCS championship game in 2006 and 2007, and made four other BCS bowl appearances (2005 Tostitos Fiesta, 2008 Tostitos Fiesta, 2009 Rose and 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowls) when Peterson was on the OSU staff.
A native of Middletown, Ohio, Peterson was a four-year letterman at Ohio State from 1987-90, starting at guard as a senior. During his playing career, the Buckeyes made appearances in the Cotton, Hall of Fame and Liberty Bowls.
Peterson was a high school All-American at Middletown and was named as the state's big school offensive lineman of the year as a senior in 1986. He also broke the 28-year-old Middletown High School shot put record that had been held by Ohio State's legendary basketball All-American Jerry Lucas. John was inducted into the Middletown High School Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Butler County Hall of Fame in 2007.
Peterson and his wife, Michelle, a native of Middletown and a graduate of Ohio University, have two sons, Austin and Cole. Michelle's uncle, Jerry Harkrader, played football for the Buckeyes in the mid 1950s.