Mike Petersen Resigns As Head Women's Basketball Coach
April 16, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mike Petersen has resigned as Wake Forest head women's basketball coach and will become the seventh head coach at The University of North Texas.
"Mike Petersen recently was approached by the University of North Texas and given the opportunity to become its women's basketball head coach," said Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman. "Mike has been with Wake Forest for eight years and has been a trusted and valued colleague and friend. He has added much to our department in so many ways and we will miss his ideas, humor and friendship"
Petersen spent eight seasons at Wake Forest and is the school's all-time winningest women's basketball head coach. He had a record of 125-123 (.504) and took the program to the postseason four times. This past season was one of the best in Wake Forest history. The team won 20 games for only the second time in school-history and it advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 1988. Wake Forest finished 20-14 in 2011-12 and won seven ACC games for just the third time.
When Petersen came to Wake Forest prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, the program was in the midst of 12-straight seasons under .500. But Petersen promptly turned that around, guiding the team to wins in 10 of the first 11 games and ultimately finishing with a 17-15 record. He also took the team to its first postseason appearance since 1988.
A national search for Wake Forest's next head coach will begin immediately.