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Mount Pisgah names Matt Petersen as new basketball coach



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July 21, 2014
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Mount Pisgah Christian School announced it has hired Matt Petersen as head varsity boys' basketball coach.

Petersen not only distinguished himself as a coach for 14 years at Whitefield Academy, but also as an outstanding educator and leader, said MPCS Head of School John Marshall.

"I am impressed with Matt's tireless dedication to mentoring and serving young people through teaching, coaching and Christian leadership," said Marshall. "In addition to his many teaching and coaching achievements, Matt has made a significant difference in the lives of many students through his service with the Young Life organization. We look forward to the gifts and talents he brings to the Mount Pisgah community."

Petersen was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Whitefield from 2004-2013. During that time, the Wolfpack won GHSA Class A championships in 2009 and 2012. As the JV coach, Petersen posted a 153-17 overall record. He was also the head girls' varsity basketball coach from 2001-2003 and led the squad to the state playoffs each year.

MPCS Athletic Director Blake Davenport pointed out why Petersen is a great fit for the growing Patriot program.

"Matt Petersen comes from a great basketball program at Whitefield – a program that has developed into a powerhouse by focusing on the same 'College Prep, Life Ready' foundation we strive to achieve here at Pisgah. Matt's experience in athletics is broad, but what he brings to Pisgah's entire community is a package that will be a blessing to us all for many years to come."

Petersen held several academic positions at Whitefield including middle school English/language arts instructor. He started the upper and middle school Latin program, served as interim middle school principal and oversaw middle school discipline. During his time at Whitefield, Petersen also started the school's golf program and coached in the football and baseball programs.

Petersen graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in English. He was a four-year member of the Panthers basketball team, and helped lead the team to the 1991 NCAA tournament. He was a three-time All-Academic selection.

Petersen and his wife Allison have two children, Cooper (3) and Chance (7 months).

"My wife, my children and I are very excited to join the Pisgah family," Petersen said. "God has gifted me with the passion for coaching basketball, which allows me the opportunity to invest in the families and the lives of young men. Coaching basketball at Mount Pisgah also provides the unique platform to positively impact the surrounding community for the Kingdom of Christ. I look forward to the challenge of building a successful basketball program that will reflect the mission, vision and core values of Mount Pisgah."

Mount Pisgah Christian School's mission is to provide an outstanding college-preparatory education grounded in Christian faith and values. The school serves children ages 6 weeks through 12th grade. To schedule a personal tour, please call 678-336-3443 or visit the school website experiencepisgah.org.

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