Bruce Peterson is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Rockets’ women’s soccer team. Peterson is entering his third season as a full-time assistant after having worked as the volunteer assistant in 2009. He assists with all aspects of the program, including field coaching, recruiting and performing other administrative duties.
"When you have the opportunity to add someone to your staff with the passion, experience and professionalism that Bruce possesses, you do so," two-time Mid-American Coach of the Year Brad Evans said. "Bruce has connected positively with players and coaches alike, and I’m confident our program will continue to prosper with his help."
Under Peterson’s guidance, a total of eight Rockets have earned All-MAC honors on 11 occasions, including five first-team all-league selections. During his three years in Toledo, the Midnight Blue & Gold has amassed an impressive 36-23-6 overall record and a 24-7-2 mark in the conference.
In 2012, Peterson helped Toledo advance to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for an unprecented seventh-consecutive season.
Individually, senior Natalia Gaitàn received second-team all-conference honors. Gaitàn also earned a spot on the Academic All-America® Third Team and All-District First Team, becoming the first member of the program to earn Academic All-America accolades.
In 2011, Peterson helped mentor the Rockets to successfully defend their MAC regular-season championship and capture a league-record fourth tournament title. UT finished with a 14-7-2 overall record, including a 9-1-1 mark in the MAC. Toledo finished first in the MAC regular-season standings and secured the top seed in the league tourney for the third time in the last four seasons. He was a big factor in a Toledo offense that outscored its opponents, 127-70, and ranked first in the conference in total points, goals (44) and assists (39) and corner kicks (139), all single-season school records.
Individually, sophomore Rachel MacLeod fueled UT’s high-powered attack with 11 goals and nine assists (31 pts.) en route to being named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. MacLeod led the league in total points, tallies and match-winning scores (6), as well as tied for first in helpers.
In 2010, Peterson aided UT to its second MAC regular-season title in the last three seasons. Toledo sported an impressive 15-4-2 overall ledger, including a league-record 10-1-0 mark in the conference.
Individually, MacLeod was selected the MAC Freshman of the Year and became the second Toledo student-athlete to receive the honor in the last three seasons (Vicki Traven in 2008).
In addition, junior Kristen Lynn was named to third-team All-Great Lake Region. The 2010 first-team all-league selection finished second in the MAC in shots (63), tied for third in match-winning goals (3), tied for seventh in points (18) and tied for eighth in scores (7).
Peterson, who was selected to instruct at this summer’s EXACT Soccer ID Camp at Benedictine University, brings over 30 years of coaching experience at the professional indoor, club and high school level. Prior to working at Toledo, Peterson served as the Girl’s/Women’s (U13-U18) Director of Coaching for Pacesetter Soccer Club in 2009-10. He was also a coach at PSC for women’s teams ranging in age from U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-16 from 2005-2010.
A resident of Maumee, Peterson was the head coach at St. Ursula Academy from 2000-07 and led the Arrows to six straight Ohio High School Athletic Association district finals appearances, winning four-consecutive titles from 2003-06. In 2005, St. Ursula advanced to the state ‘Final Four’.
Peterson also had a stint as a coach in the Greater Toledo Futbol Club (GTFC) working with U-10, U-12 and U-15 girls’ team from 1995-2005.
Previous to working in the Toledo area, he was a game analyst for the Detroit Rockers in the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) from 1991-92.
Peterson’s experience also includes 10-plus years coaching in Royal Oak, MI. He was a girls’ and boys’ coach in the Royal Oak Youth Soccer Association from 1982-94, while also serving as the ROYSA Director of Coaching from 1987-89 and the boys’ varsity coach at Royal Oak Kimball High School from 1988-90.
He has also served as an assistant and head coach on the State Olympic Development Program staff for both Ohio North and Michigan and been a part of the Region II Olympic Delevelopment Program (ODP) Staff. Peterson holds his USSF ‘B’ License and National Youth License. As part of the ODP program, he has spent time as a team selection evaluator and as a state ‘F’ License Clinician.
Peterson was a four-year starter at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT and graduated with a degree in political science in 1973. He continued his education at the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ and earned a master’s degree. While working on his master’s degree, Peterson played one year of semi-professional soccer. He is married to Robin, and the couple has five children, Alice, Brett, Sarah, Rachael and Samantha.