Eric Peterson to step down as Tulane’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field

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Tulane has begun an immediate national search for the program’s next director of cross country/track and field

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Eric Peterson announced today that he will step down effective immediately to seek other professional opportunities.

Peterson’s decision to step down as the Green Wave’s Director of Cross Country/Track and Field, concludes a 12-year career in Uptown where he elevated the program to new heights, coaching 18 student-athletes to All-America honors.

“I would like to thank Coach Peterson for his contributions to our cross country/track and field program,” Tulane Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “Tulane has experienced numerous individual accomplishments at the highest level academically, socially and from a competitive standpoint which is a direct reflection on Coach Peterson’s leadership. I wish Coach Peterson and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”

In addition to coaching 18 All-Americans, Peterson’s student-athletes also had 79 entries at the NCAA Outdoor Regional. Twenty-six of his student-athletes won conference championships (22 women, four men) and 89 individuals earned All-Conference selections (69 women, 20 men). Peterson’s student-athletes have also been named Conference Student-Athlete of the Week 39 times.

Tulane was equally impressive in the classroom during Peterson’s tenure, as his teams captured 17 United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic Awards.

“It has been my honor to lead the Tulane University cross country/track and field program for the past 12 years,” Peterson said. “I regard Tulane as a world class institution and wish the program well moving forward. I am also proud of my association with the amazing assistant coaches, student-athletes and athletic department staff members that I have worked with throughout my tenure. This is the right time for me professionally and my family to turn the page and move on to the next chapter of our lives.”

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