FOOTBALL: The annual Aggie football coach's luncheons, sponsored by the Big Blue Scholarship Fund, will start with the kickoff luncheon on Monday, Aug. 31, while the Salt Lake City Wasatch Front luncheons will start on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
The luncheons will be held throughout the season, opening with the Aug. 31 luncheon at noon at Romney Stadium. The other Logan luncheons will be held on Mondays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, and Nov. 2 and 16, all at The Copper Mill Restaurant, located at 55 N. Main in Logan.
Cost of the Logan luncheons is $12 for Big Blue Scholarship Fund members presenting their membership card and $15 for non-members, with a season ticket available for $100 for members and $115 for non-members, and includes a gift and five raffle tickets.
The Aug. 26 luncheon as well as the other three Salt Lake City Wasatch Front luncheons, which will be catered by Iggy's, will take place at Homewood Suites, located at 423 W. 300 South in Salt Lake City beginning at noon. Free parking is available in the parking terrace beneath the hotel. The dates of future Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front luncheons are Thursday, Sept. 10, Thursday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 12.
Cost of the Salt Lake City Wasatch Front luncheons is $12 for BBSF members presenting their membership card, and $15 for non-members. A season ticket for the four monthly meetings is $50 for Big Blue Scholarship Fund Members and $65 for non-members, and also includes a gift and five raffle tickets.
Aggie head coach Gary Andersen will address the group and participate in a question and answer session.
For more information about the Big Blue Scholarship Fund, go to UtahStateAggies.com and click on "Scholarship Fund" on the top menu bar.
VOLLEYBALL: USU head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose announced Wednesday that current assistant coach Tom Peterson, who is beginning his second season at USU, has been promoted to associate head coach.
Overall, Peterson has 29 years of coaching experience, including 21 as a head coach. In his 10 years as a men's head coach at the Division I level, Peterson's teams appeared in seven NCAA Final Fours.
"I am excited to make Tom Peterson the associate head coach," said DuBose. "He has been a great addition to our program these past two seasons and has been extremely loyal to our team and the university. He has been and will continue to be a great mentor to me both professionally and personally."
Prior to his current position at Utah State, Peterson most recently was the head men's volleyball coach at Brigham Young University (2003-06) as he led the Cougars to the NCAA national championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2003.
"I very much appreciate Coach DuBose offering me this position," said Peterson. "He is doing wonderful things with this program and it is an honor and pleasure to work with him, our staff and our outstanding student-athletes. It is my desire to keep contributing to Utah State Volleyball in a manner that lives up to the confidence Coach DuBose and the USU Athletics Department have in me."
Prior to his stint at BYU, Peterson spent one year as the women's head coach at New Mexico (2001) and two years as the head coach at Utah State (1999-2000), leading the Aggies to the Big West Conference Eastern Division Championship in 1999 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2000, its first in school history. USU, which had just two winning campaigns in its previous 16 seasons prior to Peterson's arrival, received its first-ever top 25 ranking in 2000 and finished the year ranked 22nd.
Peterson began his coaching career at the University of Utah in 1980, spending three years as an assistant with the women's program and two years as the head coach of the men's club team. He also spent one season as a women's assistant and another as a men's assistant at BYU before becoming the head coach of the men's club team, leading the Cougars to the 1986, 1987 and 1988 National Collegiate Club Championship. Peterson was then hired as the head coach of the men's program at Penn State, leading the Nittany Lions to five NCAA Final Four appearances, including the 1994 national championship, when he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year.