Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 27, 2013

Peterson named new KCU football coach

Feb. 27, 2013 — Gene Peterson has been named head football coach of the KCU Knights football program after serving as an assistant football coach at Kentucky Christian University for the past two years.

Peterson replaces former head coach Mike Furrey, who accepted the position of wide receivers coach at Marshall University.

Coach Peterson has been an integral part of a coaching staff that has developed the Knights program to the point of receiving regional and national recognition.

The Knights finished the 2012 season ranked in the final national top 25 poll in the NAIA (25) for the first time in University history after posting a 7-4 record in the ultra-competitive NAIA Mid-South Conference.

KCU is located on I-64 between Morehead and Ashland. The university completed phase one of an impressive new athletic complex project, installing new synthetic turf, stadium seating, scoreboard and press box.

KCU's President Dr. Jeff Metcalf said, “Whether in the classroom or on the field or court, KCU's mission is to develop Christian leaders. I am grateful for the contributions of Coach Furrey in bringing a young fledgling program to an impressive state of competitiveness, while also ensuring that the program remained Christ-centered.”

He continued:

“I am equally grateful to have a man of Coach Peterson’s Christian character, coupled with a track record of success as both a coach and an educator, to build upon the existing foundation of excellence.

The feeling seems mutual.

“I am very excited to become the head football coach at Kentucky Christian University, and proud to lead a football team that helps promote the University's values of Christ, Character, and Career,” said Coach Peterson.

“With great student-athletes who are working hard for next season, we have the opportunity to build on previous success and develop a premier program. I am very blessed to be surrounded with a great staff, supportive administration, and fantastic student-athletes. We have high expectations from our players and they know through Christian faith, hard work, and perseverance anything can be accomplished,” he said.

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