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Inside the Mind of Tim Peterson

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By The Staff

Tim Peterson is the head coach for the MCHS boys basketball team. His record at Marion County is 94-147.

Briefly go through your background as a player.

I played at MCHS. Point guard, quarterback, shortstop and outfield. I was an average athlete that worked hard and listened to my coaches.

Briefly go through your background as a coach.

I started umpiring at 16 for the Babe Ruth League and was involved in youth sports until I was 24. I took a position as football coach, track coach, and basketball coach at age 25 in Jessamine County. I became head coach at 29 at Jessamine and then came to Marion County in 2001.

At what point did you realize you wanted to coach?

Deep down I always wanted to be involved in sports. I finally changed my major to education to move in that direction.

Who along the way would you consider your biggest influence in the way you coach and live your life?

Definitely my parents by teaching me a strong work ethic and giving me the opportunity to be involved in athletics. My brothers and sisters for always being supportive. My many teachers and coaches throughout my formative years such as Rose Mary Wright, Virginia Hamilton, Danny Marks, Josh McKay and Mark Brown. Later it would be my wife Suzanne for keeping me grounded and understanding the importance of family. Finally my players over the years and their collective influence to be true to what is right.

What philosophy do you coach by?

Take what has been given to you and do your best and live with the results. Life is full of hills and valleys. Neither will last that long.

What philosophy do you live by?

Faith, family, education, sport.

What are some things you might do to motivate your players leading up to a game?

Press clippings, self-pride speeches, call on past games, personal challenges.

Do you have any pre game rituals or superstitions?

Faith is hard enough. I do not have time for superstitions.

Of all the games you've coached, which one is the most special to you?

I have two games that come to mind.

The first was the last home game of the 2000 season when Chris Johnson, a senior, got to play for the last time. He had been diagnosed with cancer a year before and we were not sure he was going to live much less play ball again. He trained the entire season and the doctor finally gave him the approval to play in one game and that being on senior night. Before being introduced he got on his knees and prayed and then received a standing ovation from the student body. The second game was when Robert Todd Spalding returned to play at the end of his senior season after being involved in a terrible automobile accident. Those players taught me it's not about the game, it's about the relationships fostered within the framework of a team preparing to play a game and many times the final scores are meaningless.

If there were one game or call you could have back, which would it be?

I never look back and second-guess. I have plenty of friends that do that for me.

What kind of advice would you give a younger player or potential player?

If you plan on playing, then plan on working. Time spent will pay off down the road.

Any closing thoughts, anything you want to add?

The coaching profession has provided a wealth of opportunities for my family and me. I would not trade my experiences for anything.