Meyers Peterson

Meyers Peterson

Coach and Athletic Director 1924 - 2009

Meyers Peterson graduated from Cambridge High School where he participated in basketball and track. He also played for a variety of town softball teams as a fireballing pitcher. He would love to have played football but his duties on the family potato farm made that impossible.

From Cambridge, he went to St. Cloud State where he earned a BS and MS in Biology and Education. He later returned to St. Cloud to serve on the Alumni Board for 15 years, six as President of the Board.

Meyers Peterson came to Southwest in 1956 when the new junior high building opened making Southwest 7th through 12th. He was part of a migration of teachers and students from several elemenrary schools which had been K through 8. He stayed until 1987 to serve as a Biology teacher, coach, equipment manager, and athletic director. If he had never served in any capacity other than teacher, he would be remembered as a mentor and father-figure. He cared about kids. He, along with Dave Peterson, tried to revive a Sophomore Football team that never won and seldom scored. He also coached the weightmen in Track calling on experience he gained as a two-letter winner at St. Cloud State College. He was acknowledged to be one of the premier weight coaches of his time. In the early 1980’s, he also served as the Softball coach having relinquished his Athletic Director duties.

During his years at Southwest, he also officiated high school and college football and basketball including being referee of the championship game for the first five years of the State Championship in football.

Meyers wife, Daphne, shared his passion for Southwest athletics and teaching excellence. They raised four children, Connie, Larry, Carla and Carol, who all participated in athletics and excelled in the classroom.

Good coaches impact games; Great coaches impact lives