Troy Larson, Director of Athletics, announced today that David Peterson will become the new Head Cross Country Coach for Iowa Lakes Community College.
Peterson attended Graettinger Community High School. After graduation he took classes at Iowa Lakes toward an agriculture transfer degree before ultimately attending Iowa State University to finish his college education. Since then he has coached high school track and field and cross country for many years, most recently at East Sac Community School District.
At the end of July, Peterson and wife Peggy moved from Phoenix back to the Graettinger area where their youngest son will be a senior at Graettinger-Terril Community School this year. They also have an older son and daughter and two grandchildren.
An avid lifetime runner and coach, Peterson, feels honored to have this chance to coach at the college level.
“Being able to return home with my family and pursue my coaching passion at Iowa Lakes Community College is an opportunity I am thrilled about,” he said.
Larson believes Peterson will be a great addition to the team of coaches at Iowa Lakes.
“David has a great coaching mind and is an effective communicator with our student athletes,” Larson said. “We are fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable and passionate about the sport of cross country as our head coach. I am very eager to see our cross country team compete this year and have a very good feeling about the future as David starts the recruiting process.”
When asked about the season, Coach Peterson stated, “I am blessed with a small but extremely hard working team this year. On our men’s team we have a lot of youth and I think we have the talent to compete very well this year. Our women have some outstanding individuals who will do well but we need some added depth to compete as a team.”
The Iowa Lakes Cross Country team open their season with the Regional Time Trial Meet at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m.
“I will be working hard at recruiting and hope to increase our numbers significantly allowing us to compete at a high level for years to come,” Peterson said.