West qualifies for 800m Championship; Pennix takes 12th in the long jump.
Coach Peterson by the Numbers 40 All-Big 12 Honorees Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Olympian NCAA Champion Six-Time All-American 800m Collegiate Record Holder Nine-Time Big 12 Champion 15-Time All-Big 12 Honoree
Derrick Peterson enters his 12th year on the Missouri Track and Field staff and will enter his fifth year as a Tiger assistant coach. In his role as an assistant coach, Peterson is responsible for the long sprint and hurdle groups. After an accomplished career on the track that includes an Olympic appearance and plenty of success on the international level, Peterson has started to build a coaching résumé that is equally as impressive, bringing a championship-caliber approach to the Tiger coaching staff.
2011 may have been his best year as he coached various Mizzou relay teams to All-Big 12 honors while mentoring NCAA hurdler Leslie Farmer to an appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles. In fact, he helped Farmer reset her own school record at nearly every meet for the Tigers and saw Farmer finish 22nd nationally in the 400m hurdles. She posted a school-record and season-best time of 58.22 in 2011.
Over the last few years, Peterson has coached some brilliant performances. He led freshman Tre' Chambers to the finals in the 60m dash and the 200m dash at the 2011 Big 12 Indoor Championships and helped him set the program's second-best time in the 60m dash at 6.73. Chambers also qualified for the finals in the 100m and 200m dashes at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in 2011, marking the first Tiger in the Big 12 era to ever qualify for all four event finals in the same season.
But Peterson's success did not stop at the short sprints as he was very successful coaching the longer sprints in 2011. Mark Hughes earned All-Big 12 honors in the 600-yard run and he helped hte men's 4x400m relay team finish fifth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. His sprint medley relay team placed second at the Drake Relays as well, the best-ever finish by a Tiger relay team in that event at Drake. In all, he coached seven student-athletes in the sprint area to the NCAA Championship Preliminary Round.
In 2010, Peterson coached a young sprinting corps to a variety of accolades, highlighted by Leslie Farmer, who qualified for the NCAA Championship First Round in the 400m hurdles, where she once again reset her own school record in the event. He also coached her to All-Big 12 honors during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Not only that, he was also responsible for coaching Lana Mims, who earned a spot at the NCAA First Round as well.
Peterson had one of his finest years as a coach during the 2009 season as he coached several individuals and relay teams to Big 12 laurels. He coached Farmer, then a true freshman, to a then school-record time of 1:00.44 in the 400m hurdles during the outdoor season. He also coached Farmer to the program's fourth-best time in the 600-yd run - an event in which she was an All-Big 12 honoree - and helped her and the 4x400m relay team shatter a nine-year old school record in 2009, earning it All-Big 12 accolades.
Farmer even saw success on the national level as she finished seventh overall in the 400m hurdles at the USATF Junior Championships last June. Farmer ran a time of 1:01.01 at the meet to rank among the nation's elite hurdlers.
The men's 4x400m relay team also shined at the Big 12 Championships during the 2009 campaign, taking third overall under the direction of Peterson, once again earning All-Big 12 honors. The men's 4x400m relay also was honored as an All-Big 12 recipient during the indoor season as well.
The Tigers continued to see success in the relay events under Peterson's tutelage in 2009 as both the men's and women's 4x100m relay teams earned All-Big 12 honors at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Hurdler Chris Davis also highlighted the list of accomplishments for Peterson in 2009 as Davis was an All-Big 12 honoree in the 400m hurdles and qualified for NCAA Regional competition. In fact, Davis finished fourth overall in the event at the Big 12 Championships.
In 2008, Peterson had athletes accomplish All-Big 12 honors in the 4x400-meter relays. In addition, the Tiger women's sprint medley relay placed third at the Drake Relays. JaNay Woolridge tied a school record in the 60-meter hurdles. Walk-on Blossom Nwaneri scored an All-Big 12 performance at 600 yards in 2008.
At the 2007 Drake Relays, the men's sprint medley relay recorded its best finish at the prestigious relays since 1999 with a fourth-place showing.
Peterson also guided Greg Bracey to qualification to the NCAA Regional in both the 100m and 200m runs in 2007. The Tiger sprint coach also coached former Mizzou volunteer assistant Domenick Peterson, who holds personal-best times of 20.43 and 45.15 in the 200m and 400m dashes, respectively.
During his collegiate career at Missouri, Peterson was an eight-time Big 12 Champion at 800 meters, sweeping all possible titles in his time at Mizzou. The 2004 Olympian brings a unique perspective to Tiger student-athletes as his experiences as an elite runner helps his approach at training and the mental aspect of competition.
In 2004, Peterson made the U.S. Olympic Team in the 800-meters after running for a personal-best time of 1:45.08 at the U.S. Olympic Trials where he finished third. The former NCAA Champion and six-time All-American is still the American collegiate record holder in the indoor 800m run after his winning time of 1:45.88 at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
In his years as a collegian from 1997 to 2000, Peterson was a nine-time overall Big 12 Champion, 15-time All-Big 12 performer, and five-time Drake Relays Champion. Peterson holds the Mizzou school records in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run. At the World University Games, Peterson won a gold medal as a member of the 1,600m relay team and won both silver (2001) and bronze (1999) in the 800m. Peterson also qualified for the 2001 IAAF World Outdoor Championships and the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Peterson was inducted into the University of Missouri's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, elected on the first ballot as part of the Class of 2005. Peterson is also a member of the Georgia High School Hall of Fame.
Peterson is a 2000 graduate from the University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. Derrick and his wife, the former Liz Young, live in Columbia, and have two children, Issac (9), and Athena (4).