Richard Peters (American football)
April 7, 1920|
Valley Falls, Kansas
|Died||May 26, 1973
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Kansas State (asst)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
NAIA Hall of Fame
KCAC Conference Champions, 8 times
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). 
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). 
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. 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.
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