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Dan Peterson (born January 9, 1936) is an Americanmarker former professional basketball head coach. He is currently employed as an analyst of NBA and Euroleague basketball for Sportitalia, an Italian satellite channel. He is nicknamed "The Coach" for his legacy in Italian basketball.


Peterson went to Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston and a masters degree from the University of Michigan.

Early career

He served as assistant coach for NAIA school McKendree College from 1962 to 1963. From 1963 to 1964 he served as freshmen coach at Michigan Statemarker. After MSU, for one season, he was plebe coach at the United States Naval Academymarker. The next year, at the age of 30, he became head coach at the University of Delawaremarker. In five years there, he assembled a record of 69 wins and 49 losses.


In 1971, he went abroad, acting as head coach of the Chilean national team until 1973. From 1973-1978, he coached Virtus Bologna in the Italian serie A1, winning the 1974 "Coppa Italia" and, in 1976, the Italian league title. In 1978 he was hired as head coach of Olimpia Milano where he won four Italian titles (1982, 1985, 1986, 1987), two more "Coppa Italia" awards (1986, 1987), a Korac Cup (1985) and one Champions Cup, the highest title in Europe for basketball.


In 1987 he retired after coaching in Italy for 14 years. He still holds records for a coach in Italian playoffs with 11 Final Four appearances in 11 years (after which a playoff format was introduced), 9 finals, 4 titles, 74 games coached, and 51 games won.


After his retirement he became a popular sports commentator for many Italian television channels. He's currently doing color commentary on the Italian channel Sportitalia.


He received the Coach of the Year award for Europe from the WABC and the Coach of the Year for Italy twice. Following his retirement from coaching, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

In 2007, Peterson was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Evanston Township High Schoolmarker.

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 most influential European club basketball personalities over the last half-century.


  1. Delaware Men's Basketball Coaching Records
  2. Dan Peterson's website
  3. ETHS newsletter "The Kit," pg. 4
  4. Euroleague Basketball article

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