CONWAY, SC - Coastal Carolina University head men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson is leaving the Chanticleer basketball program to be the Director of Player Personnel for the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Bobcats, CCU Athletics Director Warren Koegel announced today. A search for his replacement will begin immtediately.
"We appreciate everything that Buzz has done for the program and Coastal Carolina University since he arrived two years ago," Koegel said. "He has brought a new energy to our basketball program over the last two years and helped the program grow and develop. He, Jan and the kids have been an integral part of the community over the last two years, but this is an opportunity that he felt he could not pass up. We wish Buzz and his family all the best as they start this new phase of their lives."
Peterson posted a 35-25 mark in two years as the Coastal men's basketball head coach, including back-to-back .500 or better seasons for the first time in 13 years. In his first season at the helm, Peterson led the Chanticleers to a 20-10 mark and a berth in the 2006 Big South Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time since 1993. In his career, Peterson has an overall 201-134 (.600) record in 11 years as a head coach, including three regular season championships, four post-season tournament appearances and two Coach of the Year honors.