New Head Women’s Basketball Coach Named at Hilbert

Release Date:
July 28, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Rob Peterson, who has more than 15 years coaching experience in collegiate and high school basketball, has been named head women’s basketball coach at Hilbert College, announced Susan Viscomi, director of athletics.

“As an experienced coach, recruiter and mentor for student-athletes, Rob has a wonderful combination of abilities and commitment that will be vital in building Hilbert’s women’s basketball program. We are confident he will develop a competitive team and welcome him to the Hilbert community,” said Viscomi.
Peterson has been assistant women’s basketball coach at the State University of New York at Geneseo for the past two seasons and helped lead the Knights to doubling its win total last season.
Prior to arriving at SUNY Geneseo, Peterson spent one season as interim head women’s basketball coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he also served as assistant coach from 2006-08. While at RIT, he helped guide the team to its longest consecutive win streak and its first post-season play in the program’s history.
“Without question, I’m excited for the opportunity to be head women’s basketball coach at Hilbert,” said Peterson. “I look forward to the challenge ahead to build and grow the program and to take the steps needed to take the team to a successful level of play.”
Peterson’s head coaching career started he was only 21-years-old when he took on coaching the varsity girls team at Homer High School. Other stints as high school coach have included varsity boys teams at York Central School, where he is a physical education teacher, and Marcus Whitman and Cincinnatus high schools.
A long-time coach at summer basketball camps, Peterson developed and managed for nine years the Little Dribblers, an introductory basketball program for children in grades 1-2 in the York Central District.
In 2006, he received coaching honors as New York State Section V Class C Boys Coach of the Year and Livingston County News Boys Coach of the Year.
Peterson holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physical education from SUNY Cortland.
A native of Whitney Point, N.Y., he resides in Avon.


Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.