In 2017 Gary Peterson begins his 19th season as head coach of the College of the Canyons women’s golf program, and his 35th season as head of the men’s program.
Peterson, the longest-tenured coach at College of the Canyons, had his start at the college in 1979 and has held a variety of positions along the way.
His success rate at COC has been unsurpassed, as he is one of the winningest coaches in California Community College golf history.
Under Peterson’s leadership, the men’s golf program has won 23 Western State Conference (WSC) Championships, five California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional Championships and a state record eight CCCAA State Championships.
Two men’s golfers have also claimed individual CCCAA State Championships under Peterson’s leadership, as Sidney Wolf (2014) and Ben Campbell (2016) brought the first two such titles to the college.
The women’s golf team has kept the same winning tradition, with eight WSC Championships, two CCCAA SoCal Regional Championships and two CCCAA State Championships (2001 & 2007).
Peterson has also coached two individual state champions on the women’s side in Jenny Lee (2007) and Kris Grimes (2011).
In addition to his head coaching duties, Peterson serves as a faculty member in the college’s cinema department and coordinates the annual Friday Night Film Series, which brings films that are not released in large distribution to the Santa Clarita Valley.
In his free time Peterson enjoys spending time at home with his wife and two children.
— Bio current as of Aug. 2017