Scott Peterson, the winningest coach in any sport in University of Colorado Colorado Springs history, is in his 13th season as the Head Coach for the Mountain Lion softball program. He begins this weekend one win shy of his 300th career victory.
Peterson has led the Mountain Lions to an RMAC regular season and tournament championship, an appearance in the NCAA playoffs and a top 10 national ranking. He’s coached 15 Honorable Mention or Third Team All-RMAC selection, 12 Second Team selections, 15 First Team selections, two Freshmen of the Year, two Pitchers of the Year and four Players of the Year. He’s also coached three All-Americans.
In his second season in 2002, Peterson’s team broke the UCCS record for wins in a season with a 26-30 record. The 18-win improvement from the 2001 team represented the eighth-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division II. The Mountain Lions finished one game out of the RMAC postseason tournament.
UCCS earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament in the 2003 season and won its first playoff game in program history against New Mexico Highlands.
The Mountain Lions finished with a breakthrough season in 2004. UCCS won its first RMAC regular season championship with a 23-3 record, and won the tournament championship at Mountain Lion Field after needing to fight through the other side of the bracket. UCCS won two straight games against Regis for the tournament title.
The tournament win provided the Mountain Lions their first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. UCCS eliminated four teams that were ranked in the top 20 nationally during the season and was knocked out of the regional round by the eventual national champions. The Mountain Lions finished No. 10 in the final national poll for the highest ranking in program history.
The 39-13 season in 2004 was the first of four straight 30-win seasons for Peterson. The Mountain Lions never finished lower than fourth in the RMAC standings in each of the four seasons from 2004 through 2007.
Peterson was hired as the head coach of the women’s softball program at UCCS on September 7, 2000. He came to the Mountain Lions after guiding several Junior Olympic fastpitch teams to titles in many different age brackets.
With a career that was once dominated in baseball, Peterson turned to fastpitch when his daughter Ashley decided in the second grade that she wanted to play softball. Peterson has been involved with the Junior Olympic program since then, finishing sixth at the NSA World Series in Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2000.
Peterson was an outstanding prep athlete in three sports at Oak Forest High School on Chicago’s South Side. After taking his academic and sporting career to Eastern Illinois University, Peterson graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and Journalism. He enjoyed a baseball career after graduating from Eastern, playing with future major leaguers Kevin Seitzer, and Jeff Gossett.
After finishing his playing career with the Single-A Midlothian WhiteSox, Peterson married and eventually moved to Colorado Springs in 1991. A member of the Men’s Senior Baseball League for five years, Peterson was voted on to several all-star teams before “retiring” to devote his full attention to the women’s fastpitch game.
In addition to coaching the Mountain Lions and the Junior Olympic teams, Peterson has volunteered his time to softball clinics, youth organizations, and high schools throughout the Colorado and Chicagoland areas.
Peterson and his wife, Cathie have one daughter, Ashley.