On Tuesday morning, after a few months of searching, the Orlando Magic announced the hiring of Bill Peterson as coach of the NBA D-League’s Erie BayHakws. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Peterson began coaching in 1978 as a student assistant at St. Petersburg Junior College. He went on to be a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech before landing his first head coaching job at Union College in 1983. After five successful seasons at Union College, Peterson moved on to an assistant coaching role at McNeese State. He followed that up as head coach of Alabama-Huntsville, and one more stop as an assistant at Bossier Parish Community College.
For two seasons, Peterson worked as the Dallas Mavericks player development coach and scout. He worked with the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Michael Finley and Greg Buckner during his time with the Mavericks. Peterson then went back to the college ranks as associate head coach at Colorado State for seven seasons, before returning to the NBA as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, a position he had held up until the Magic hired him.
General manager Rob Hennigan had this to say about coach Peterson, “We are excited to welcome Bill (Peterson) and his family,” said Hennigan. “Bill’s passion for teaching and development fit seamlessly into our vision of creating a culture of collaboration and synergy between the Orlando Magic and Erie Bayhawks. His wealth of knowledge and experience will help our players fulfill their ultimate basketball potential.”
“When speaking with Bill, it’s clear that he’s committed to developing our players and has a strong desire to win,” said BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou. “We’re looking forward to him becoming a part of the Erie community and leading our team as we begin our new affiliation with the Orlando Magic.”
The Magic are entering their first of three seasons with the BayHawks as their official NBA D-League affiliate. They will be hosting workouts in Orlando on September 14th, and in Erie on September 21st.