Andy Peterson, a 2003 graduate of Maranatha, took over as head coach for the wrestling team in 2009. Peterson earned a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University, where he served as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years.
Prior to his time at Western Michigan, Peterson served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Greenville College (Ill.) and also served as an assistant football coach for three years.
Following graduation from Maranatha, Peterson served as an assistant football and wrestling coach from 2003-2004 before playing for the River City Rage of the National Indoor Football League in St. Charles, Missouri for two years as a defensive back and linebacker.
The Peterson name goes hand-in-hand with Maranatha wrestling. Coach Peterson’s father, Ben Peterson, served as the head wrestling coach at Maranatha for 27 years. Coach Peterson has worked as a clinician and coordinator with Camp of Champs, a summer wrestling camp run by his father and John Peterson, his uncle. Both Ben and John Peterson were Olympic gold and silver medalists in the 1970s.
Coach Peterson is passionate about using wrestling to push young men toward deeper relationships with God, their family, their teammates, and competition.