Induction Year: 2012
John Peterson was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Buena Vista College and received a Bachelor of the Arts in English. His coaches include Van Philips and John Naughton.
He first played tennis in the summer of 1968. The tennis courts were next to the football practice facility where he had been coaching. The tennis players looked like they were having fun. He played tennis and was hooked from the start. He was drafted into coaching tennis in the winter of 1975-1976. In addition to being the football, basketball and track coach, he became the tennis coach at Nimitz Middle School in San Antonio.
His greatest tennis accomplishment is making friendships through tennis that have lasted throughout the years. His favorite memories are of taking students to championships in middle school and junior college.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, bicycling, backpacking and climbing. His wife is Dorothy Peterson, and he has two children, Angela and Wyatt.