SEATTLE – (July 11) Former University of Puget Sound student-athlete, softball coach and strength coach, Jen Peterson, has been named a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Seattle University Athletics.

“I am extremely excited to join the Seattle U Athletic Department,” said Peterson. “Throughout the hiring process it became evident that SU was a great fit for me professionally and the University’s mission, departmental vision and approach all align with my overall pedagogy. I genuinely enjoyed the continued dialogue and conversations with coaches and staff throughout the hiring process; it was a natural fit and I look forward to supporting their goals.”

No stranger to the Pacific Northwest, Peterson joins the Redhawk staff from Franklin High School where she served as the Athletic Director and Department Chair for Health/Physical Education since 2011. She has also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at UPS (2003-12), as well as for Performance One Sports Training, LLC and 3D Athletic Development, LLC.

“I am honored to join such a strong team of leaders and look forward to supporting the continued excellence of SU’s programs to develop well-rounded student-athletes,” said Peterson. “I am incredibly grateful to Athletic Director, Shaney Fink, and Associate AD, Eric Guerra for the opportunity to contribute to their overall vision for strength and conditioning, and appreciate their confidence and leadership as I transition into my role here.”

A softball student-athlete at UPS from 1999-2003, Peterson earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2002. She went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Teaching (Health/Fitness) in 2003 while beginning her professional career as an assistant softball coach and strength and conditioning coach at her alma mater. In 2008, she took over as the head softball coach, a position she held until 2012.

At Franklin High School in Seattle, Peterson was responsible for student-athlete welfare, program development and program operations and management. She also assisted with the Consensus Mapping Team and is a professional development Trainer for PE Specialists in the Seattle Public Schools. Prior to FHS/SPS, she taught PE and Sports Medicine at Kentridge High School for six years.

Peterson has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2003. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher (EAYA-PE) and holds a Washington State Teaching Certificate (K-12 Health & Fitness).

Peterson has a wealth of experience training collegiate, professional and Olympic level athletes. In addition to teaching, coaching and training, Peterson presents and provides professional development specializing in youth health fitness, performance training and injury prevention.