July 10, 2013
“I have known Coach Peters for almost 17 years and I have always been impressed with his professionalism and incredibly energy,” said Jordano. “Each head coach that he has worked for had nothing but great praise for his work ethic, relentless recruiting and relationships with his players.”
Peters, who will serve as an assistant coach in charge of hitting, joins the Panthers after a successful five year tenure at High Point University in North Carolina.
“When you get an opportunity to go to a place that has the momentum of Pitt you jump on for the ride,” Peters said. “This program has so many appealing aspects for its employees and student-athletes. I look forward to working with Joe and giving my heart and soul to the Pitt program as it enters the ACC.”
During his coaching career, Peters has developed 28 players that have signed professional contracts, including a first-round pick in 1997 when USF’s Jason Dellaero was selected 15th overall by the Chicago White Sox.
While Peters was at HPU, the Panthers set program records for batting average, runs scored, hits, RBI, doubles, home runs, walks and stolen bases.
Additionally, under Peters’ tutelage three Panthers hit .400 or better; Billy Alvino and Alfie Wheeler in 2009 and Nate Roberts in 2010. With Peters guidance Roberts led the nation with a .573 on-base percentage and 88 runs scored and became just the second Panther to be named the Big South Player of the Year.
Peters came to High Point after a two-year stint at UCF where the team eclipsed nearly all of its offensive totals from the previous years, including batting average, runs scored, on-base percentage, stolen bases, sacrifice flies and sac bunts.
Prior to his time with the Knights, Peters spent time as an assistant at Stetson and USF, his alma mater.
During his playing career at USF (1995-96), Peters was one of the most versatile players in program history as he earned time at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and on the mound. In his time with the Bulls, Peters helped guide the Bulls to two regular season conference titles and two NCAA Regional appearances as a player and three more as a coach.
“I have no doubt that Coach Peters will have a great impact on our program and will assist us with our transition into the ACC,” Jordano said. “I could not be more pleased to add him to our staff. I feel confident that with Coach Oakes, Coach Healey and Coach Peters, we will have one of the best staffs in the country.”
A native of Lancaster, Calif., Peters was an All-Conference performer at Antelope Valley (Calif.) Community College before transferring to USF where he earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1997.
Hitters Signing Professional Contracts During Bryan Peters’ Career
1st Round - Jason Dellearo, Chicago White Sox (1997)
4th Round- Chris Johnson, Houston Astros (2006)
5th Round – Nate Roberts, Minnesita Twins (2010)
6th Round - Devin Ivany, Montreal Expos (2004)
8th Round - Myron Leslie, Oakland A’s (2004)
9th Round - Brian Bocock, San Francisco Giants (2006)
12th Round - Jeff Baisley, Oakland A’s (2005)
13th Round - Ross Gload, Florida Marlins (1997)
14th Round - Jorge DeLeon, Boston Red Sox (1998)
14th Round - Braedyn Pruitt, New York Yankees (2006)
17th Round - Johnny Raburn, Anaheim Angels (2000)
19th Round - Robert Lara, San Diego Padres (2008)
21st Round - Dwayne Bailey, LA Angels of Anaheim (2008)
24th Round - Brian Baisley, New York Yankees (2006)
26th Round - Jimmy Romano, Texas Rangers (1999)
27th Round - Daniel Boyd, Milwaukee Brewers (1998)
28th Round - Mike Barclay, Boston Red Sox (2002)
29th Round - Mike Macaluso, Toronto Blue Jays (2004)
31st Round – Willie Medina, Washington Nationals (2013)
36th Round - Bill Eaton, Milwaukee Brewers (1998)