Richard Peters (American football)

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Richard Peters
Sport(s) Football
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
1943–1945 Kansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1948 Ottawa (assistant)
1949–1952 Ottawa
1953-1956 SMU (assistant)
1957–1971 Ottawa
1972–1973 Kansas State (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 129–42–3
Accomplishments and honors

Richard "Dick" Peters (April 7, 1920 – May 26, 1973) was an American football player and coach. He was the 16th head football coach Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas and he held that position for two stints, from 1949 to 1952 and from 1957 to 1971. Overall, his total record at Ottawa was 129–42–3 (.741). His teams with eight conference titles.

Between his two tenures at Ottawa, Peters was an assistant coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU) under Woody Woodard, who had coached against Peters at McPherson College. After his second stint at Ottawa, Peters went to Kansas State University and served as an assistant coach under Vince Gibson until his death, in 1973, of an apparent heart attack.[1] 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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Salina Journal, May 27, 1973, Salina, Kansas
  2. ^ Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Dick Peters