Feb. 21, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- John Peterson, who has spent the past eight years as an assistant coach on the staff at Ohio State, has been named the offensive line coach at UAB, according to an announcement by Blazers' head coach Garrick McGee.
Peterson will join the UAB staff after serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the Buckeyes.
McGee also announced that Jeff Brohm will add the title of offensive coordinator to his duties. Brohm, hired last month to coach the Blazer quarterbacks, will assume the coordinator duties previously held by Joe Gilbert, who left two weeks ago to become an assistant coach for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.
In addition, McGee said that Jimmy Williams, the Blazers' defensive line coach, will serve as Assistant Head Coach on the staff, filling the role previously held by Gilbert.
"We are really excited about John Peterson joining our staff as offensive line coach," McGee said. "He comes to us from Ohio State and has been a part of a very successful program. We have a lot of the same contacts in the coaching profession and he will be a good fit with our staff and what we're doing on offense."
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 High School and was named as the state's big school offensive lineman of the year as a senior in 1986.