Cougs go to Midwest to fill coaching slot

A COACH WHO IS NO stranger to attracting football prospects to rural communities will be joining Bill Doba's staff as the Cougars' recruiting coordinator. Greg Peterson, a long-time member of Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State, will replace Robin Pflugrad according to two sources close to the situation. The former Wildcat co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach is familiar with the Palouse, having cut his coaching teeth as an assistant at Idaho under John L. Smith from 1992-93.

Peterson, who will arrive in Pullman sometime next week, spent the last 12 seasons at Kansas State, four of them as recruiting coordinator, and helped the Wildcats earn 10 bowl berths in that time. Like Pflugrad, he will coach tight ends in addition to being the Cougs' recruiting coordinator.

The WSU connection comes from Peterson's days when he coached at Idaho. Back then, the Cougs and Vandals were in a period where they didn't play one another, and Cougar offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller and Peterson developed a relationship and stayed in touch over the years.

Under Snyder, who retired in November, Peterson's recruiting territory was Colorado, Oklahoma and part of Texas.

As a position coach, a number of players under his watch etched their names in the K-State record book, including running back Darren Sproles and receivers Quincy Morgan, James Terry, Darnell McDonald, Taco Wallace and Aaron Lockett. All are now playing pro football.

During the Wildcats' 2003 Big 12 championship season, Peterson helped direct an attack that ranked No. 9 in the nation in rushing and scoring, and was one of only seven schools in the land to average more than 200 yards per game rushing and 200 passing.

At Washington State, Peterson replaces Robin Pflugrad, the Cougars' recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach for the last five seasons. He recently returned to his hometown of Eugene to join the staff at Oregon.

Peterson received his coaching start in 1984 at his alma mater, Nebraska Wesleyan, where he played receiver from 1982-83. He became receivers coach at Eastern Oregon in 1987 and later served as the school's offensive coordinator from 1989-91.

He and his wife Leanna have two children.

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