Richard Peters (American football)

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Richard "Dick" Peters
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Team Ottawa University
Biographical details
Born (1920-04-07)April 7, 1920
Valley Falls, Kansas
Died May 26, 1973(1973-05-26) (aged 53)
Manhattan, Kansas
Playing career
1943-1955 Kansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946-1948 Ottawa (asst)
1949-1952 Ottawa
1953-1956 SMU (asst)
1957-1971 Ottawa
1972-1973 Kansas State (asst)
Head coaching record
Overall 129-42-3 (0.741)
Accomplishments and honors

Richard "Dick" Peters (1920–1973) was the 16th head college football coach for the Ottawa University Braves located in Ottawa, Kansas and he held that position for four seasons, from 1949 until 1952. His first stint coaching record at Ottawa was 26 wins, 10 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him fifth at Ottawa in total wins and third at Ottawa in winning percentage (0.722). [1]

After a stint as an assistant coach at SMU under Woody Woodard (who coincidentally coached at Ottawa rival McPherson College), Peters returned to Ottawa and became the 19th head coach for the Braves. For his second tenure, he held the position for fifteen seasons, from 1957 until 1971. His second stint at Ottawa recorded 103 wins, 32 losses, and 3 ties. This ranks him first at Ottawa in total wins and second at Ottawa in winning percentage (0.746). [1]

Overall, his total record at Ottawa was 129 wins, 42 losses, and 3 ties with a winning percentage of 0.741 with eight conference titles.

After finishing his career at Ottawa, he went to Kansas State University and served as an assistant coach under Vince Gibson until his death in 1973, apparently of a heart attack.[2] Peters served as President of the NAIA Football Coaches Association from 1964 until 1966 and was inducted into the NAIA Football Hall of Fame in 1973.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "2012 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Ottawa Braves. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Salina Journal, Sunday, May 27, 1973, Salina, Kansas, United States Of America
  3. ^ Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Dick Peters