NSU adds Patrick Peterson as academic coordinator

By Matt Vines, NSU Assistant Sports Information Director

Even before he was chasing his dream of a professional baseball career, Patrick Peterson was also preparing for a career in academics.

Peterson, who was hired to the Northwestern State athletics academic advising staff as an academic coordinator, assisted the North Carolina State academic staff starting as an undergraduate student.

All hires are subject to the approval of the Louisiana Board of Supervisors, of which NSU is a member, as well as pass through other University human resource processes.

“We’re excited to welcome Pat to the staff, and we believe that his unique student-athlete experience of playing college baseball at two different universities and professionally will allow him to positively contribute to our student-athlete academic support services and Victorious for Life programming,” said Kaitlyn McCanna, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development. “He has already proven the ability to connect with various student-athletes who are currently taking summer courses and has jumped right into the trenches to help finalize plans for our Vic’s Start Summer Bridge.”

Peterson was a college baseball pitcher at Temple and North Carolina State before being drafted by the Seattle Mariners.

At North Carolina State, Peterson assisted in arranging tutors and scheduling study hall for Wolfpack student-athletes for nearly two years.

After his baseball career, Peterson spent 16 months as a graduate assistant at South Carolina monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes in football, men’s tennis, and track and field.

He completed his masters degree in sport and entertainment management.

The 23rd-round draft pick pitched more than two full seasons in the minor leagues, compiling an 8-8 record with his longest season at the Single-A level.