"Josh has been an exceptional addition to our staff during the past two seasons bringing an enthusiasm and passion that has become contagious throughout the program. He is bright, innovative, and truly dedicated to performing at a high level every day. As our recruiting coordinator he works very hard spearheading an effort to continue bringing the right players and people to our women's basketball program. He is a rising star in this profession and I look forward to seeing his continued growth and impact on our team and staff." - Head Coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
Josh Petersen is in his second year as an assistant coach with the UNC Asheville basketball program. He specializes in the development of post players. Petersen’s primary responsibilities include serving as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator and camp director.
Petersen has been a part of the program’s steady improvement, including Division 1 women’s basketball’s biggest turnaround in the 2015-16 season. Asheville amassed program-high regular season (26), and conference wins (16) on their way to an overall record of 26-7. The Bulldogs also brought home their first ever regular season conference title and the program’s second Big South Conference Tournament Championship which led to an NCAA First round appearance.
Prior to coming to Asheville, Petersen was at Florida State for six seasons, including two years as a graduate assistant. He was FSU’s head manager for four years prior to his graduate work. In his six years with FSU, the Noles went to five NCAA Tournaments, including the Elite Eight in 2010.
As a graduate assistant with the Seminoles, Petersen’s responsibilities included directing the scout team, assisting with video, helping with team travel and official visits plus aid skill development and individual workouts. Josh also helped run Florida State’s women’s basketball camp while he was in Tallahassee.
A native of Abernathy, Texas, Petersen moved to Tallahassee before his senior year of high school and graduated from Godby High School. He earned his master’s degree in sports management at FSU in the spring of 2014 and his B.S. degree in accounting and finance in 2012.