Mississippi State has hired Brad Peterson, a longtime high school coach, as its new director of player personnel, head coach Dan Mullen announced Wednesday.
An MSU graduate and Louisville, Miss., native, Peterson has spent 17 seasons working at the high school level. In 2015, he led Madison Central to a Class 6A championship game a year after the team missed the playoffs entirely.
Peterson, 41, has won three Coach of the Year awards in Mississippi — two in Class 3A and one in Class 6A. His overall head coaching record stands at 148-70-1.
“Brad’s accomplishments in our state are distinguished,” Mullen said in a statement released by the school. “He’s impacted the lives of many Mississippi high school students who have gone on to be successful. He’s established a winning tradition everywhere he has been, and he’s built relationships with so many people in Mississippi. He’s a terrific person, a great fit for our program, and we are happy to bring him home to his alma mater.”
Peterson will be tasked with helping on-campus recruiting and overseeing all of the program’s camps and clinics. Rockey Felker, who previously served as MSU’s director of player personnel, will be shifted to a different role with the team, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog,” Peterson said. “Being from the state of Mississippi and a Mississippi State graduate, to serve my alma mater is an opportunity of a lifetime. The program is going in the right direction. When you win 19 games over the last two years in this difficult conference (it) speaks of the leadership of coach Mullen and his staff. I am excited to be here and help make an impact.”