Coach with Experience Overseas and at the Youth, High School and College Levels
Name: Gunner Peterson
DOB: May 4, 1994
Date Available: February 1, 2023
Positions: Coach, Youth Coach, Administration
Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach
I provide a direct communication style with a detail oriented approach that sets a high standard of focus in the practice/preparation setting. During competition I try to give the players that space they need to process the game as it comes to them.
4 years experience in NCAA D2 college baseball and a year overseas coaching in the Academy setting in Suzhou, China. 2022 Because Baseball Coaching Fellow – Cairo, Egypt. Infield, baserunning, and hitting specialization but can coach all facets of the game if necessary. USA Baseball and NCAA Certified.
I have a holistic coaching style centered on developing the player and the person. This game is a great metaphor for life and reveals character traits that can be difficult to uncover in our day to day routines. Baseball is about making plays, not avoiding mistakes. If we can remove the fear of failure from our players it gives them to freedom to play the game for fun and the chance to reach their highest potential.
|2017||Assistant Coach||Friends of Baseball, Brookings Bandits Post 74||High School||Hitting, Baserunning, and Defensive Coach. Worked with Legion (18U) program in all facets including games and practice.|
|2017-19||Assistant Coach||Winona State University, NSIC (D2)||College||Infield and baserunning coach, assisted with hitting. Assisted with recruiting. Compiled game data (spray charts, ball in play probability, pitch tendency charting). First Base Coach.|
|2019-20||Foreign Coach||Amigo Academy, Suzhou, China||Youth||Worked with players ages 4-16 in the academy's lesson and game settings. Conducted presentations related to coaching and team building. Led and instructed BPA (Baseball Physical Education) across 3 international schools.|
|2020||Head Coach||Friends of Baseball , Bullets (16U)||High School||Oversaw all aspects of the Junior Legion summer program including practice, game, and travel responsibilities.|
|2021||Head Coach||West Central Gold (14U), I-35 League||High School||Oversaw all aspects of the summer program including practice, game, and travel responsibilities.|
|2020-Present||Assistant Coach||University of Sioux Falls, NSIC (D2)||College||Infield, baserunning, and hitting coach. Develop practice plans, Utilizing 6-4-3 Charts for in-game alignment. Hitting Coach, work with hitters in the practice and game setting, analyzing pitch tendencies, Blast Motion, and Rapsodo Hitting. Assist with travel, lodging, recruiting, and compliance office.|
|2022||Coach||Because Baseball||Youth||Baseball Coaching Fellowship in Cairo, Egypt. Leading and instructing Baseball Physical Education across 4 international schools in Cairo. Instructed nearly 2500 students over a month long period.|
I watched Gunner play for 4 years at USF and coached with him for 2 years. Gunner not only made plays as an All-Conference SS, but puts his student-athletes in positions to make plays. He truly loves the game, the people and the process. He has the ability to challenge/coach draftable players and players who are playing the game for the love of it. He is a calming presence in the dugout, but truly knows what make individual players tick. Some staff is going to take a chance on him and look very smart for doing so!
Playing preferences: Europe Semi-pro (ie. Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France etc.), Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia Semi-pro (State Leagues), Australia Pro (Australian Baseball League), New Zealand Semi-pro, South Africa Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan)
Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, Host Family
Return home: Extended stay
Prior engagements: No
Recent injuries/illnesses: No
Traveling with a companion: No
Educational background: Bachelors of Psychology